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White Pongo -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Raymond L. Schrock (original story & screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 November 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Half-Human Monster Stalks The Jungle! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Richard Fraser ... Geoffrey Bishop
Maris Wrixon ... Pamela Bragdon
Lionel Royce ... Peter Van Dorn
Al Eben ... Hans Kroegert
Gordon Richards ... Sir Harry Bragdon
Michael Dyne ... Clive Carswell
George Lloyd ... Baxter
Larry Steers ... Dr. Kent
Milton Kibbee ... Gunderson
Egon Brecher ... Dr. Gerig
Joel Fluellen ... Mumbo Jumbo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Corrigan ... White Pongo (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Newfield 
 
Writing credits
Raymond L. Schrock (original story & screenplay)

Produced by
Sigmund Neufeld .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leo Erdody (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Holbrook N. Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Jewell 
 
Production Management
Bert Sternbach .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. O'Connor .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Reif .... set dresser (as Elias H. Reif)
Eugene C. Stone .... master of properties
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound engineer (as John Carter)
Joseph I. Kane .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Edward Nelson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Jack Noyes .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Smith .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Wade .... costumer (as James H. Wade)
 
Music Department
Leo Erdody .... musical director
Saul Bernie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William A. Wilmarth .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min | USA:10 min (short version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | USA:Unrated (2005 DVD release) | USA:Approved (PCA #10869)

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Goofs:
Continuity: Although the title of the film is "White Pongo", the white gorilla is referred to as "White Ponga" throughout the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Clive Carswell:It takes more than a shave to make a gentleman.See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
So Much Mumbo Jumbo, 28 April 2011
Author: TheExpatriate700 from United States

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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