- Ax 2013
George Waggner for Universal
directed by Arthur Lubin
starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Thomas Gomez, Sidney Toler, Paul Guilfoyle, Turhan Bey, Don Terry, Constance Purdy, Al Kikume, Frederic Brunn, Anthony Warde, Pedro de Cordoba, James Mitchell, Bella Lewitzky, John Harmon, Minerva Urecal, Kate Drain Lawson
story by Peter Milne, screenplay by Richard Brooks, music by Frank Skinner, musical director: Charles Previn
Maria Montez & Jon Hall
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Somewhere in the South Seas: Kaloe (Jon Hall) is a sharkhunter who
wants nothing but the fishing rights to Princess Tahia's (Maria Montez)
island, but that at first seems to be impossible because the princess
appears to be a hot-headed (but very attractive) young woman who doesn't
fall to the charms of ordinary fishermen that easily. But thanks to some
fixing by Kaloe's friend Orano (Sabu), a native to Tahia's island, the two
of them get together anyways and fall in love before long ... much to the
dismay of Sam Miller (Thomas Gomez), who was so far the only stranger
allowed to Tahia's island, and who's more than remotely interested
in the pool in front of the island's main temple that's lined with gold
and diamonds, and who thinks Kaloe might want to snatch this pool (which
isn't evenm Miller's to begin with) from right under his nose.
has a plan though, he has Tahia's brother (Turhan Bey) killed after he has
played cards with him and Kaloe, then puts the blame on Kaloe, and this
way tries to have him executed on the spot. Miller manages to make an
escape though and hooks up with the local oriental detective (Sidney Toler
in full Charlie
Chan-mode), who before long manages to track down the actual
killer, Chris (Don Terry), and trick him into confessing to everything
right in front of Tahia.
After Chris has confessed, also about Miller's
involvement in the murder, Miller knows he has reached the end of his
line, so with a gang of armed men he attacks Tahia's island, then they get
to work to collect the gold and diamonds from the pool in question - when
an earthquake causes a landslide that hits the pool and kills Miller and
his entire gang ...
Of course, this is a silly film, a
simplistic romance and adventure yarn told in front of an exotic backdrop
that doesn't have anything to do with real life in any geographical,
ethnological or historical way - but the film is also a great piece of
escapism in glorious Technicolor, where primary colours rule, the good and
the bad are easily distinguishable, the hero is handsome and the heroine a
hot-blooded exotic beauty. All of this doesn't exactly make White
Savage a good film - but a great piece of nostalgic camp.