|WHITE SAVAGE (WHITE CAPTIVE) (director: Arthur Lubin; screenwriters: Richard Brooks/story by Peter Milne; cinematographer: Lester White/William Snyder; editor: Russell Schoengarth; music: Frank Skinner; cast: Sabu (Orano), Maria Montez (Princess Tahia), Jon Hall (Kaloe), Turhan Bey (Tamara), Sidney Toler (Wong), Constance Purdy (Blossom), Paul Guilfoyle (Erik), Thomas Gomez (Sam Miller), Don Terry (Gris), Al Kikume (Guard); Runtime: 65; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: George Waggner; Universal 1943|
|"A fun escapist WW2 fantasy film."
by Dennis Schwartz
escapist WW2 fantasy film directed by Arthur Lubin ("Hold
On!"/"Escapade in Japan"/"Francis in the Navy"). It's
from a story by Peter Milne and scripted by Richard
Brooks. Its splashy photography is in lush
tropical Temple Island in the South Seas is ruled by Princess
Tahia (Maria Montez), who forbids
stranger white men from exploring the island. The lady
is good at catching westerners trying to steal
valuables from her and her innocent subjects. Kaloe
(Jon Hall) is a shark hunter, who is refused
permission by the princess to fish on her island's
waters. Orano (Sabu) is the friend of Kaloe who comes
to his aid with the princess. The villain is the
German merchant Sam Miller (Thomas Gomez), who tries
romancing the princess to steal the gold bars
displayed on the island's sacred swimming pool. Tamara
(Turhan Bey) is the princess's brother,
who foolishly hangs out with the thuggish Miller.
is determined to get in the good graces of Tahia, and
after borrowing $1,500 from his lawyer friend Wong (
Sidney Toler), he buys a new fishing boat and
supplies. Through Orano he meets Tahia and she's
smitten with him. But Miller brings her the knife of
Kaloe, which was used to stab her brother Tamara to
death. The falsely accused Kaloe is imprisoned in the
lion's den. Orano comes to his friend's rescue, and
Wong is sought out for legal advice.
trio trick one of Miller's henchmen (Don Terry) into
confessing he killed on Miller's orders. When exposed,
Miller and his heavily armed men attack the island and
go to the sacred pool. But Miller runs into an
earthquake, which puts him and his men out of their
misery. But it also destroys the gold. Nevertheless
Kaloe and Tahia marry for love.
REVIEWED ON 1/29/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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