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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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Raymond L. Schrock (original story)
Raymond L. Schrock (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 November 1945 (USA) See more »
A Half-Human Monster Stalks The Jungle! See more »
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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  (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)

Raymond L. Schrock (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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71 min | USA:10 min (short version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-12 | USA:Unrated (2005 DVD release) | USA:Approved (PCA #10869)

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Continuity: Although the title of the film is "White Pongo", the white gorilla is referred to as "White Ponga" throughout the movie.See more »
Clive Carswell:It takes more than a shave to make a gentleman.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
I got through it - what do I win?, 3 August 2010
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Sam Newfield, director of White Pongo, had a long and productive career, spanning from the mid-1920s to the mid-1960s. Averaging 3-4 films per year (a total of 7 in 1951), he apparently did not have a great deal of time to waste with art, script refinement, and cinematography. His most well-known films achieve a relatively high rating here on IMDb (4), and are all within the horror genre (e.g. Dead Men Walk), but he did occasionally branch out into Sci-Fi (Lost Continent) and made a decent number of respectable war and western films in the last ten years of his career. Although I have not seen many of Newfield's films, and remember even fewer, I am willing to wager that White Pongo is fairly representative of the lot.

There are essentially two weakly developed plots. First - an expedition of upper crust white guys and a beautiful young woman are out in the jungle searching for a missing link (an albino gorilla whose only truly distinguishing characteristic is bad costuming). Since this plot had been done several times previously in equally bad films and the excellent King Kong, the screenwriter included a rather over-dramatic romantic quadrangle between the young lady, a privileged jerk to whom she is apparently betrothed, a decent young laborer, and - of course - the albino gorilla. Raymond Schrock, who had been writing for film since the teens gets the only credit I can give anybody in the production team for giving the actors something reasonable to work with. Schrock is an interesting character. Most of the films he was involved with are very obscure and difficult to find, but those which remain in the light seem to rate pretty highly here on IMDb. Sadly, White Pongo was made within the last five years of his career. and, in terms of plot, it's a very predictable, unoriginal, mess.

The cinematography is fairly standard for the jungle adventure genre as it stood in the middle of the 20th century. In other words, it is quite limited by available technology and set problems. The directing exemplifies the term "pedestrian", and the acting, though uninspired, is not nearly as bad as might be expected from the largely unknown cast. Those interested in the history of African American participation in film may be interested to see activist actor Joel Fluellen playing an unfortunate stereotype "Mumbo Jumbo" in this film, and will appreciate the irony that the only two 'ethnic' actors in this film (Fluellen and Al Eban) outlasted the rest of the cast. Fluellen appeared in some fairly good roles in Oscar and Grammy nominated films late in his career.

Best viewed with the aid of intoxicants and friends with good senses of humor. Otherwise - to be avoided.

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