White Pongo (1945)

Article #1297 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-2-2004
Posting Date: 3-1-2005
Directed by Sam Newfield
Featuring Richard Fraser, Maris Wrixon, Lionel Royce

An expedition searches for a white gorilla that is believed to the the missing link between man and ape.

Years ago, I saw IT CAME FROM HOLLYWOOD in the theatre, and they showed a scene of a man being mauled by a white gorilla; quite frankly, I thought the scene was hilarious, and since I was unable to catch the title of the film, I spent years looking for it armed only with the knowledge that it was about a white gorilla. When I read the description of WHITE PONGO in a catalog, I purchased it in the hope that this was the movie. I was wrong. Nor was I impressed.

I’m tempted to dismiss this one as another Double-Stuffed Safari-O, but it actually avoids that description; it has some safari in it, but it doesn’t swamp the movie. Still, there’s really not much to it; it’s a fairly ordinary jungle movie with a white gorilla. There’s the usually tired subplots, including a love triangle (which turns into a love quadrangle when a certain simian also becomes enamored with the only woman on the expedition). There are lots and lots of scenes of the white gorilla looking at things through the brush. Other than that, the only real comment I can make is that Pongo is pronounced Pon-guh.

Incidentally, I did finally found the other movie I was looking for. It was called THE WHITE GORILLA of all things, and someday it will get a write-up of its own.

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