4.5/10
91
11 user 3 critic

Sabaka (1954)

Approved | | Adventure | 2 February 1955 (USA)
In India, a young elephant trainer vows revenge against the cult that killed his family and, when the local Maharajah refuses to help, sets out alone to battle his enemy.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler.

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester
Voodoo Island (1957)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Boris Karloff, Beverly Tyler, Murvyn Vye
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

An Italian government agent is assigned to break up a drug smuggling ring on the island of Ischia but his daughter is kidnapped by the gang.

Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero
Stars: Boris Karloff, Franca Marzi, Renato Vicario
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Richard Greene, Boris Karloff, Stephen McNally
Juggernaut (1936)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An evil doctor and the greedy wife of a rich man plot to poison him so they can get their hands on his money.

Director: Henry Edwards
Stars: Boris Karloff, Joan Wyndham, Arthur Margetson
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Boris Karloff, Betta St. John, Christopher Lee
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Needing money, the last of the Frankensteins leases his castle out to a film company as he tries to complete his ancestor's gruesome experiments at creating life.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund
Doomed to Die (1940)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Mr. Wong and a girl reporter investigate a shipping magnate's murder.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers
Alien Terror (1971)
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

In the European village of Gudenberg in 1890, Prof. Mayer and his assistant Isabel have created a powerful ray machine. One of the powerful rays is shot into space and attracts a flying ... See full summary »

Directors: José Luis González de León, Jack Hill, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Boris Karloff, Enrique Guzmán, Christa Linder
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Noble-born cad Denis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Nino Marcel ...
Gunga Ram
...
Gen. Pollegar
Lou Krugman ...
Maharajah of Bakore
...
Sir Cedric
...
Marku Ponjoy - High Priestess of Sabaka
...
...
Damji
Lisa Howard ...
Indria
...
Taru
Paul Marion ...
Kumar
...
Rama
Louis Merrill ...
Koobah (as Lou Merrill)
...
K.K. Sinha ...
Fire Dancer
Edit

Storyline

Gunga Ram, a young elephant trainer, swears vengeance on the killers of his sister Indria and her husband on the orders of the religious fire-cult leaders, the High Priestess and Ashok. The Maharajah of Bakore disbelieves him and Gunga Ram is also opposed by the Maharajah's General Pollegar. Gunga Ram sets out to expose and destroy the fire shrine of Sabaka. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

public domain | See All (1) »

Taglines:

India's mightiest dramatic pageant!

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hindu  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
See a Sabu film
16 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this film Sabaka many years ago when it was featured on Andy's Gang and on the black and white TV show I remember being impressed with, especially with Nino Marcel as Gunga Ram as a second incarnation of Sabu. Seeing it now in color it looks far more impressive with the location shooting in India. But I'm now some 60 years have passed and the story itself isn't anything to write home about.

There's a new cult of the Fire God Sabaka starting in Maharajah Lou Krugman's kingdom. It's headed by Victor Jory and June Forey and they seem like a Hindu version of Isis, basically a criminal enterprise wrapped up as religion.

Marcel takes a personal interest in it after his sister Lisa Howard is killed after she and the house she was in are set on fire. Fire is the favorite form of execution by these fire god cultists. Marcel has all kinds of problems trying to get the Maharajah's attention, especially with the kingdom's military commander Boris Karloff in the way.

Karloff in that role and Reginald Denny as the local viceroy are wasted in their parts. Both have little to do with the story, Denny next to nothing.

I'd see a Sabu film first in fact I'm curious why he wasn't cast. He was doing films over at Lippert Pictures, some of them worse than Sabaka.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
India with American Subtitles Ranger-style_Sloane80
June Foray Bill-16
Discuss Sabaka (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?