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Sabaka -- 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.
Sabaka -- A fire worshipping cult of Indian is disbanded by a man, his elephant and tiger.


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2 February 1955 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Nino Marcel ... Gunga Ram

Boris Karloff ... Gen. Pollegar
Lou Krugman ... Maharajah of Bakore

Reginald Denny ... Sir Cedric

June Foray ... Marku Ponjoy, High Priestess of Sabaka

Victor Jory ... Ashok

Jay Novello ... Damji
Lisa Howard ... Indria

Peter Coe ... Taru

Paul Marion ... Kumar

Vito Scotti ... Rama
Louis Merrill ... Koobah (as Lou Merrill)
Jeanne Bates ... Durga
K.K. Sinha ... Fire Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence Dobkin ... General's Aide (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Ferrin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Ferrin 

Produced by
Frank Ferrin .... producer
Ralph Ferrin .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jack McCoskey 
Alan Stensvold 
Film Editing by
John M. Foley  (as Jack Foley)
Makeup Department
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Lyle Boyer .... sound effects editor (as C. Lyle Boyer)
Willard Nico .... sound effects editor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Don Olson .... wardrober
Music Department
Dakshinamoorthy .... musical director (as Dakshnamurti)
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies
  • Ferrin (as Frank Ferrin Productions)

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77 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Brazil:10 | Finland:K-12 | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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See a Sabu film, 16 August 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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