White Savage

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White Savage
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by George Waggner
Written by Richard Brooks
Story by Peter Milne
Starring Maria Montez
Jon Hall
Turhan Bey
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Lester White
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • April 23, 1943 (1943-04-23) (United States)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.4 million (US rentals)[1]

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.



White Savage had been the original title for Montez's first starring vehicle, South of Tahiti (1941).[2]

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.[3][4]

Montez's costumes were considered too skimpy in some scenes requiring them to be cut.[5]


  1. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ White Savage at Maria Montez Fan Page

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