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The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Hawkshaw ...
Omoo
Mary Ann Webb ...
Mona
Candé Gerrard ...
Ahtee
Adrienne Bourbeau ...
Wana
Marie Goodhart ...
Woman of Wongo
Michelle Lamaack ...
Woman of Wongo
Joyce Nizzari ...
Woman of Wongo
Val Phillips ...
Woman of Wongo
Jo Elaine Wagner ...
Woman of Wongo
Pat Crowley ...
Man of Wongo
Ray Rotello ...
Man of Wongo
Billy Day ...
Man of Wongo
Burt Parker ...
Man of Wongo
Robert Serrecchia ...
Man of Wongo
Whitey Hart ...
Man of Wongo
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On the tropical island of Wongo, a tribe of beautiful women discover that the other side of the island is inhabited by a tribe of handsome men. They also discover that a tribe of evil ape men live on the island, too, and the ape men are planning a raid on the tribe in order to capture mates. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Famed playwright Tennessee Williams directed the majority of the film. Credited director James L. Wolcott was a close friend of Williams, and when Tennessee asked for the pleasure of directing, he was allowed to do so for the fun of the experience. See more »

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In at least two scenes (the ape men attacking Mona and Engor being forced to march), the actors can be seen wearing contemporary underwear beneath their animal skin outfits. See more »

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Woman of Goona: You "come in peace"... with spears!
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Camp trash classic
25 October 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Well you sure can't say that this camp classic does not have a memorable synopsis. Mother Nature has decided to experiment a little. Two primitive tribes live on opposite sides of an island but with a difference. The Wongo have beautiful women but ugly men, while the Goona have dreamy guys but unattractive gals. An attack by a tribe of savage ape-men from overseas brings both groups together. And the natural order of things falls into place. The message of the movie, cheerfully delivered, is that good looking people and ugly people should really stick together, it's better for everyone in the end. It's not a very right-on sentiment nowadays of course but it is a hilarious one for an old movie to base itself around. Consequently, The Wild Women of Wongo is a very memorable bit of nonsense.

It can probably be regarded as an early sexploitation flick. Although admittedly with no nudity. But by late 50's standards I guess those girls in leopard skin bikinis was pretty racy stuff. They even, predictably, have a cat fight too. The main focus is also unsurprisingly on the hot Wonga women. They are banished by their slack-jawed male tribesmen for intervening and saving one of the dishy Goona guys from an execution. They travel through the jungle to visit a priestess and engage in an elaborate 'dance of the dragon god'. The 'dragon god' itself was simply an alligator, which seemed somewhat ridiculous. But why question anything in this madness? We also have another prominent animal character - a wise cracking, talking parrot, who doesn't really seem to serve any overall purpose to be perfectly honest. I think the film-makers just threw in everything they had at their disposal and wrote it vaguely into the plot. Also of note is the fact that the ape-men, who are the catalyst for the entire story, are only seen in one scene and by the end of the film are completely forgotten about; in fact, they seemed to have simply gone away.

This is a good laugh. I liked its sheer trashiness. And wait until you get to that ending scene where the hunks wink back at us all one by one…dreamy…


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