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Congo Bill (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Action | 28 October 1948 (USA)
A girl is about to inherit a fortune, but she is missing in Africa. Only then, family charges Congo Bill, an adventurer, to find her, and bring her back to civilization. He follows a legend about some White Queen, but his path is full of difficulties, by an inhospitable jungle, and the man who will lose the fortune if the girl is found alive.

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Lureen / Ruth Culver
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Cameron
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Bernie MacGraw
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Andre Bocar
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Dr. Greenway
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Kleeg
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Zalea
Hugh Prosser ...
Morelli
Neyle Morrow ...
Kahla
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Villabo
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Ivan
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Rogan
Stephen Carr ...
Tom MacGraw
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Congo Bill, a tamer of wild animals, intends to find Ruth Culver, a missing woman who has just inherited the Culver Circus, worth half a million dollars. He has heard of the existence somewhere in Africa of a white queen who might be Ruth. Once on the African continent, Congo Bill's safari gets attacked several times. The man behind all that is none other than Andre Bocar, a trafficker in cahoots with Bernie MacGraw, who hopes to capture the Culver inheritance. With the help of Cameron, a mysterious stranger, Congo Bill manages to locate Lureen, the white queen, who turns out to be Ruth Culver as the tamer had guessed. But trouble is not at an end yet. Indeed Nagu, the witch doctor, who smuggles gold with Bocar, tries to get rid of Congo Bill. To no avail, for Bill and Cameron (who happens to be a colonial officer) recover the gold and capture Bocar. Congo Bill returns to the USA with Lureen/Ruth with a view to creating new circus, even bigger than the former one. Written by Guy Bellinger

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FANGS AND FURY ADVENTURE! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Action

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28 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Congo Bill: King of the Jungle  »

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1.37 : 1
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In the original comic, Congo Bill's sidekick was a jungle boy called Janu. Lureen is Janu's replacement for the movie and has never appeared in the comic, especially after Congo Bill became Congorilla. See more »

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Chapter seven entitled "Panther" actually is a lion. See more »

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Narrator: With no regard for his personal safety, Congo Bill has never hesitated to risk his life to track down and capture even the most ferocious beasts of the jungle with power and speed beyond human conception. Even though trapped, these savage animals must still be trained adding new hazards to Congo Bill's thrill-packed career. A dangerous way of life, he would not trade it for any other.
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Tight , Taut & Terrific
3 April 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This serial is like a tightly wound spring, delivering a visceral roller-coaster ride of thrills. It is masterful pure story-telling made without artifice or self-consciousness. Each of the fifteen Chapter titles is an attention grabber and provide unadulterated enjoyment.

Oscar nominated writer Don McGuire (for "Tootsie" 1982), amply demonstrates his acting credentials as the eponymous action hero Congo Bill, wearing his emblematic pith helmet. His steely determination and resolve sees him through many tight scrapes and adventures!

Cleo Moore's feminine pulchritude is beautifully displayed in a small tight fitting dress which highlights her classic hour-glass figure. She plays the White Queen, called Lureen (from the Latin meaning "wreathed with laurel"...quite a prescient name for a Queen!). There is a constant frisson of excitement between Lureen and Congo Bill which adds to the viewer's enjoyment.

Stirring music from Mischa Bakaleinikoff heightens the tension of the film. It is a pity serials are no longer made for todays audiences. The cinema serial of our yesterdays borrows from the great tradition of certain nineteenth century writers. The inimitable Charles Dickens and fellow luminary William Makepiece Thackeray's novels were serialized as monthly "Chapters" in periodicals of the day. Serials like Congo Bill hail from noble antecedents.

A menacing and terrifying gorilla features prominently in several of the episodes providing thrills particularly to younger members of the audience. Watch this serial and you will be rewarded with white knuckle twists and turns!


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