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Sabaka (1954)

Approved  |   |  Adventure  |  2 February 1955 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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

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India's mightiest dramatic pageant!

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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.


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