Simultaneously the sensation of the Broadway and Chicago stage, this play was enormously popular throughout its long professional life. Arthur Marsden is a dramatist specializing in mystery plays. His sweetheart, Alice, living with her uncle in a funny old house, thinks that a certain producer might back one of Marsden's plays. As Arthur reads the play to him, many weird things happen. The Gorilla of the title is both criminal hero of the play and a real ape escaped from a ship. The spirit is one of burlesque. Most of the fun is furnished by a pair of hick detectives, Mulligan and Garrity. This play had a long and successful run in New York and all. the larger cities of the United States, besides touring. It was also highly successful in England. Tin's version is revised and simplified for amateurs.