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Congo Bill (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 28 October 1948 (USA)
A girl is about to inherit a fortune, but she is missing in Africa. Only then, family charges Congo Bill, an adventurer, to find her, and bring her back to civilization. He follows a legend about some White Queen, but his path is full of difficulties, by an inhospitable jungle, and the man who will lose the fortune if the girl is found alive.

Directors:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennett), Thomas Carr

Writers:

George H. Plympton (screenplay), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Don McGuire ... Congo Bill
Cleo Moore ... Lureen / Ruth Culver
Jack Ingram ... Cameron
I. Stanford Jolley ... Bernie MacGraw
Leonard Penn ... Andre Bocar
Nelson Leigh ... Dr. Greenway
Charles King ... Kleeg
Armida ... Zalea
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Morelli
Neyle Morrow ... Kahla
Fred Graham ... Villabo
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Ivan
Anthony Warde ... Rogan
Stephen Carr ... Tom MacGraw
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Storyline

Congo Bill, a tamer of wild animals, intends to find Ruth Culver, a missing woman who has just inherited the Culver Circus, worth half a million dollars. He has heard of the existence somewhere in Africa of a white queen who might be Ruth. Once on the African continent, Congo Bill's safari gets attacked several times. The man behind all that is none other than Andre Bocar, a trafficker in cahoots with Bernie MacGraw, who hopes to capture the Culver inheritance. With the help of Cameron, a mysterious stranger, Congo Bill manages to locate Lureen, the white queen, who turns out to be Ruth Culver as the tamer had guessed. But trouble is not at an end yet. Indeed Nagu, the witch doctor, who smuggles gold with Bocar, tries to get rid of Congo Bill. To no avail, for Bill and Cameron (who happens to be a colonial officer) recover the gold and capture Bocar. Congo Bill returns to the USA with Lureen/Ruth with a view to creating new circus, even bigger than the former one. Written by Guy Bellinger

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FANGS AND FURY ADVENTURE! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Congo Bill: King of the Jungle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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8. Sinister Schemes See more »

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Chapter seven entitled "Panther" actually is a lion. See more »

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Narrator: With no regard for his personal safety, Congo Bill has never hesitated to risk his life to track down and capture even the most ferocious beasts of the jungle with power and speed beyond human conception. Even though trapped, these savage animals must still be trained adding new hazards to Congo Bill's thrill-packed career. A dangerous way of life, he would not trade it for any other.
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An Adventure Classic
20 May 2008 | by meatpie-4See all my reviews

I feel with this adventure serial , a ground breaking template was struck for such future movie blockbusters as Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and his later film "The Temple of Doom" featuring the character Indiana Jones. Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" also springs to mind , where the action star is even dressed like Congo Bill. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" features many of the same white knuckle death defying near misses seen at the end of each of the fifteen chapters in Congo Bill. There is also congruity in the protagonists having geographical names : "Congo" Bill/"Indiana" Jones. A runaway boulder chasing Congo Bill and Indiana Jones in both respective movies is also strikingly similar. Also as an aside , both Congo Bill and Indiana Jones have their travels to distant locales traced by an animation of an aeroplane flying across a map.

Don McGuire plays a very convincing Congo Bill , a hero and adventurer. He would have been cheered on by scores of kids in packed movie houses back in the late forties and early fifties , myself included ! Cleo Moore as Lureen the "White Queen" is the epitome of a Love Goddess and Beauty Queen , sitting on her throne in darkest Africa. Charles King as Kleeg , proprietor of the infamous "Green Parrot Inn" is great comic relief and a pleasure to watch. I firmly believe Spielberg may have got his inspiration for the Indiana Jones movies from "Congo Bill" , if he had seen the serial as a child (from little acorns giant oak trees grow).

The "good guys" and "bad guys" in Congo Bill , indistinguishable in their pith helmets and white suits {no black and white hats here as in early cowboy movies) , are reminiscent of a bygone colonial era. Anyone lucky enough to see "Congo Bill" is in for an adrenalin charged ride ! Ten out of ten and two thumbs up!


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