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VENDOR #1 
 
VENDOR #1:  ITEM #5 

incomplete BENEATH BACKGROUND ensemble (missing gloves and bando)
The shirt and pants are "principle foreground" items, not the typical "busboy" sets normally found with these combos:
 

click HERE to view image of the BENEATH BACKGROUND SHIRT 
click HERE to view image of the BENEATH BACKGROUND PANTS 

VENDOR #1: ITEM #6 

"URSUS" shirt, most likely a stunt or photo double, as JAMES GREGORY's name was in his wardrobe pieces, unlike this item.

 

VENDOR #1: ITEM #8

a complete TV GORILLA ENSEMBLE:
One of six altered for the tv series.  There were 2 "V's" (like this one), 2 "M's", and 2 "II" or "Suspender Stripes" as they are sometimes called. 

Complete with Vest, Shirt, Pants, Gloves, Boots, waste BANDO with HOLSTER, and a repro pistol.
 

(serious buyers feel free to contact the webmaster)


 
VENDOR #9
SCREEN-USED   Planet of the Apes Gorilla ensemble: 
    (click on the images for larger views)

Shirt has the rare embossed glyph

SHIRT LABEL & TAG
 
 

 

VEST LABEL

Label indicates manufactured for first film
Actors who could have worn it:
George R. Miller (Beneath) or 
Jack Miller (TV)

 

RARE LEATHER WALLET BANDOLIER
with metal holster mounting plate

LEFT SIDE OF VEST
has two spots of worn paint
(indicated) 

PROTOTYPE BOOTS

Early on during the costume developement for PLANET OF THE APES, the GORILLA/RIDING boots were being completely fabricated in a similar fashion as the CHIMPS & ORANGUTAN shoes were being made.  The early versions of the GORILLA BOOTS consisted of a leather "pipe" that was glued to a latex "skinned" polyfoam foot.  That foot was molded over a VAN's type"deck shoe" style sneaker, many of which were purchased from SEARS (the SEARS "Jeepers®" model was used frequently used)

A treaded rubber or vinyl sole was then glued to the bottom of the boot foot to complete the basic construction.  The boots were then painted to match the Gorilla leathers and faux buckles were added to complete the look.

The problems with this design became quite evident after the first sets were put into use.  They felt apart!  The pipes would tear away from the rubber foot.  The glue held the leather pipe to the latex just fine, but the latex skin itself never bonded that well with the polyurethane foam castings, so in reality the latex skin would delaminate from the foam.  With all of the horseback riding and stuntwork required of the Gorillas for the film, this design could not withstand the constant abuse the performers would be giving them during filming.  They also experimented with a complete leather covering for the polyfoam footed boots (see photo below).

Another more practical design was settled on and used in quantity for the gorillas.  Slip-cast rubber toes were added to readily available  storebought riding boots.  Faux buckles and an additional leather sole contoured to the unique two-toe design of the Gorilla feet were also added to the final construction of the more common Gorilla footwear.  Although buckles might have fallen off from time to time, the boots never self destructed like the scratch-built designs did.
 
 

The pair for sale here has never been painted, but we can paint-to-match  and add repro buckles if a buyer wants to complete their ensemble.
 

some damage to the cuff of the right pipe
most likely from  being stapled or wired together for storage

a finished screen-used pair
(for reference only)

Robert Lombardi

in an early 1967 make-up & wardrobe test

Full leather covered polyfoam footed boots

with two buckles high on the pipe


 

"BENEATH" BACKGROUND RIFLE
 

CONQUEST CHIMPANZEE JUMPSUIT
 


 
 

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    Click on the image to see more pictures 
    of this one of a kind artifact.


THE ORIGINAL BENEATH "URSUS" and TV GENERAL "URKO" HELMET has been TRADED November 2001

The NEW owner is not interested in parting with this item, but we thought we'd still keep the link and images posted for fans to enjoy.

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