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White Pongo (1945)

Approved | | Adventure | 2 November 1945 (USA)
Hunters and scientists venture into the jungle to track down a savage albino gorilla, which they believe could be the missing link between man and ape.

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Richard Fraser ...
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Pamela Bragdon
Lionel Royce ...
Peter Van Dorn
Al Eben ...
Hans Kroegert
Gordon Richards ...
Sir Harry Bragdon
Michael Dyne ...
Clive Carswell
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Dr. Kent
Milton Kibbee ...
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Egon Brecher ...
Dr. Gerig
Joel Fluellen ...
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Suspecting that a safari guide is a wanted killer, undercover policeman Geoffrey Bishop joins a safari led by the suspect for a scientist that hopes to find and prove that a fabled white gorilla is a missing link. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Half-Human Monster Stalks The Jungle! See more »

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Thursday 10 February 1949 on the Film Theater of the Air on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 30 April 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Although the title of the film is "White Pongo", the white gorilla is referred to as "White Ponga" throughout the movie. See more »

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Clive Carswell: It takes more than a shave to make a gentleman.
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Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: White Pongo (2015) See more »

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So Much Mumbo Jumbo
28 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

White Pongo isn't an A movie. It isn't even a B movie. It falls more into the range of a D-level movie, made on a shoe string by a minor film company. It fails in just about every way a film can. It's not just that it's cheap and openly racist; it's just plain boring!

The film follows an expedition to capture a rare white gorilla believed to be the missing link. (Why would the missing link have to be white?) In the process, the adventurers run into hostile natives, criminals, and the worst gorilla suit known to man. (I know this was made before the time of Jane Goodall, but couldn't they have come up with something vaguely realistic?)

The film's racism is very obvious, to the point that it verges on satire. The lead black character is named Mumbo-Jumbo for crying out loud. The Africans are shown as savages who are automatically hostile to white people for no reason-never mind the fact that during the colonial era, they would have had every reason to distrust Europeans.

However, what's most damning is the boredom factor. Even though the movie is roughly seventy minutes long, it is filled with scenes of people just cruising down the river with canoes, with no accompanying action or dialogue. It's filler of the worst kind.


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