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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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Unintended Comedy See more (22 total) »

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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Unintended Comedy, 18 March 2004
Author: skallisjr from Tampa, FL United States

One of many Poverty Row jungle films, this has to be one of the truly "so bad it's good" films of its era. A Chief Native Bearer named "Mumbo Jumbo" -- addressed by the other actors with a straight face! Pongo is a white gorilla, and one of the natives points to the ground and cries, "B'wana! B'wana! Pongo tracks!" Normal gorillas leave recognizably different tracks? Pressing through the jungle on their trek, they pass the same tree multiple times.

I have a copy of the film on videotape. One of my favorite scenes was edited out of the print it was made from. The hero and heroine are drifting down the river on a boat. They're sitting in the moonlight, and Pongo is following the boat in the jungle, making quite a racket as he snaps small trees, hurls aside boulders, and rustles through the underbrush, to keep up with the boat. He's framed by the profiles of the hero and heroine, in the background. The hero looks deeply into the heroine's eyes and says, dreamily, "Quiet out here in the river, isn't it?" I hope the DVD has that one left in.

This is not a great film, and all of its humorous scenes are intended to be serious. But because of that, it's a fun film.

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