The Wild Women of Wongo

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The Wild Women of Wongo
Wild Women of Wongo.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by James L. Wolcott
Produced by George R. Black (producer)
James L. Wolcott (executive producer)
Written by Cedric Rutherford
Starring Jean Hawkshaw
Mary Ann Webb
Cande Gerrard
Adrienne Bourbeau
Cinematography Harry Walsh
Edited by David J. Cazalet
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Wild Women of Wongo is a 1958 American film directed by James L. Wolcott, featuring low budget, stereotypical portrayals of fictional tropical islanders. The movie was released on DVD in 2004.

Plot summary[edit]

The film starts with narration from Mother Nature discussing an experiment with Father Time that went wrong. On the (fictional) island of Wongo she created a tribe where the men are brutish and ugly and the women are beautiful. She then creates a tribe on a nearby island called Goona where the women are repulsive and the men are strong and handsome. For years the two tribes lived unaware of each other's existence, until ape men from across the ocean attack the village of Goona. The tribe sends their king's son to seek help against the invaders. The son finds the island of Wongo, the day before the village men pick their brides. The women, seeing the handsome prince, begin questioning their life among the brutes that dwell in the village. The men grow jealous of their visitor and plot to kill him. The women of Wongo, finding out about this, risk their lives to protect the prince, and in doing so offend the crocodile god of the Wongo people (portrayed by stock footage of a crocodilian and a rubber model). The women are rounded up by the village men and are sent out into the wilderness until the reptile god has drawn blood for the insult. The women band together, watching each other's backs until the ape men arrive at their village and, after they dispatch the invaders to the god, leave in search for the men that had abandoned the island of Wongo. In Goona, the men have just begun their rite of manhood, in which they go into the jungle, without weapons, for a month. The women of Wongo, coming upon the weaponless men, decide to take advantage of their helplessness and, one by one, claim them in marriage. The film concludes with all the beautiful men and women married, and the ugly men with the ugly women.

Former Wales rugby union international Rex Richards appears as the King of Wongo.

Cast[edit]

  • Jean Hawkshaw as Omoo
  • Mary Ann Webb as Mona
  • Cande Gerrard as Ahtee
  • Adrienne Bourbeau (not to be confused with Adrienne Barbeau) as Wana
  • Marie Goodhart, Michelle Lamarck, Joyce Nizzari, Val Phillips and Jo Elaine Wagner as Woman of Wongo
  • Pat Crowley, Ray Rotello, Billy Day, Burt Parker, Robert Serrecchia and Whitey Hart as Man of Wongo
  • Barbara Lee Babbitt, Bernadette, Elaine Krasher, Lillian Melek, Iris Rautenberg and Roberta Wagner as Woman of Goona
  • Johnny Walsh as Engor
  • Ed Fury as Gahbo
  • Roy Murray, Steve Klisanin, Walter Knoch, Ronald Mankowski, Gerry Roslund, Varden Spencer and Kenneth Vitulli as Man of Goona
  • Rex Richards as King of Wongo
  • Burt Williams as King of Goona
  • Zuni Dyer as Priestess
  • Olga Suarez as Spirit of the Priestess

Production[edit]

In other media[edit]

The movie was featured in an episode of Ed the Sock's This Movie Sucks!

The movie was featured in the movie Screwballs.

The Wild Women of Wongo was riffed by Mystery Science Theater 3000 successor project The Film Crew in 2007.[1]

The theatrical rock band The Tubes had a song by the same name on their 1983 record Outside Inside, and is a parody of the movie.

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