|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||George Waggner|
|Written by||Richard Brooks|
|Story by||Peter Milne|
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Cinematography||William E. Snyder
|Edited by||Russell F. Schoengarth|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1.4 million (US rentals)|
White Savage is a 1943 American Technicolor South Seas adventure film directed by Arthur Lubin starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu and Turhan Bey. The film was re-released by Realart in 1948 on a double-feature with the same three stars in Cobra Woman and, again in 1953, under the title White Savage Woman.
The film is one of a subgenre of colorful "exotic" tales released by Universal during the war years; others include Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and, like the others, has a certain Technicolor camp appeal. Choreographed by Lester Horton.
Montez is the ruler of the tropical Temple Island, Thomas Gomez the villain scheming to marry her and get hold of the gold bars lining the submerged floor of the island's temple (about which the innocent islanders remain blissfully unconcerned), and Jon Hall the heroic shark hunter who wins the day and the heart of the princess.
- Maria Montez as Princess Tahia
- Jon Hall as Kaloe
- Sabu as Orano
- Turhan Bey as Tamara
- Sidney Toler as Wong
- Thomas Gomez as Sam Miller
- Don Terry as Gris
- Paul Guilfoyle as Erik
- Constance Purdy as Blossom
- Al Kikume as Guard
- Frederic Brunn as Sully
- Pedro de Cordoba as Candlemaker
- Anthony Warde as Bartender
- James Mitchell as Specialty dancer
- Bella Lewitzky as Specialty dancer
- John Harmon as Frank Williams
- Minerva Urecal as Native Woman
Arabian Nights had been so popular, that Universal commissioned two follow up movies to star Montez, Hall and Sabu - White Savage and Cobra Woman. Gene Lewis wrote the original script for White Savage.
Montez's costumes were considered too skimpy in some scenes requiring them to be cut.
- "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Olivia de Havilland Gets Lead in 'The Male Animal,' Which is Set to Start Today SIX NEW FILMS DUE HERE ' Whistling in the Dark,' 'Dive Bomber' and 'Wild Geese Calling' to Arrive By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILLSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Aug 1941: 18
- Simon Simone Signed by RKO for Lead in 'The Cat People' -- Dekker Gets Part: 'ATLANTIC CONVOY' OPENS Action Drama Due Today at the Stanley -- Dance Program Enters Seventh Week SIGNED FOR LEAD By Telephone to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 July 1942: 11.
- DRAMA: Ann 'Oomphs' to Piano; Exotic Trio to Sail On Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 July 1942: 8.
- White Savage at Maria Montez Fan Page
- White Savage at the American Film Institute Catalog
- White Savage on Internet Movie Database
- White Savage at TCMDB
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