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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.




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Cast overview:
Nino Marcel ...
Gunga Ram
Gen. Pollegar
Lou Krugman ...
Maharajah of Bakore
Sir Cedric
Marku Ponjoy, High Priestess of Sabaka
Lisa Howard ...
Louis Merrill ...
Koobah (as Lou Merrill)
K.K. Sinha ...
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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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SABAKA (Frank Ferrin, 1954) **
1 April 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I only watched this film due to Boris Karloff's presence; however, I don't know why he even bothered as his supporting role here gives him precious little to do! Still, this juvenile Indian adventure is harmless enough - and mercifully short. Despite being filmed on location, it's pretty obvious that most of its jungle sequences featuring wild animals are actually stock footage! I have to say, though, that for a kiddie film it's unusually mean-spirited: animals and human beings alike get burned alive, while Victor Jory as one of the members of a fire-worshipping cult is cruelly dispatched by his high priestess (played by June Foray, more familiar to film and TV buffs as a voice artist in animation, and the only one who manages to enter into the spirit of the thing) by leading him straight into the grip of a deadly cobra! By the way, the lead character is named Gunga Ram (I wonder how they ever came up with that one?)!!

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