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Cobra Woman (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 12 May 1944 (USA)
A beautiful woman is abducted from her peaceful South Seas home and taken to Cobra Island, where her grandmother Queen wants her to displace her evil twin sister and vengeance against her priest and corrupt advisor.


Robert Siodmak


Gene Lewis (screenplay), Richard Brooks (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Maria Montez ... Tollea / Naja
Jon Hall ... Ramu
Sabu ... Kado
Edgar Barrier ... Martok
Mary Nash ... Queen
Lois Collier ... Veeda
Samuel S. Hinds ... Father Paul
Moroni Olsen ... MacDonald
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Hava (as Lon Chaney)


Upon discovering his fiancée Tollea has been kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are frequently sacrificed to an angry volcano god, worship the cobra. The island is ruled over by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who, besides having designs on her new prisoner Ramu, also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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TOLLEA! TEMPTRESS OF TERROR! (original poster) See more »


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At the time this film was made, Montez was (along with Abbott and Costello and Deanna Durbin) one of Universal's most popular box office attractions. As a result, no expense was spared in its making, and it features many of the elements that came to personify "The Maria Montez formula": An exotic, fictional setting, vividly colorful (and occasionally outrageous) costumes, elaborate special effects (including matte paintings and process shots) and expensive sets. It was also, like most of Montez's movies, filmed in the then expensive process of Technicolor. More than 75 years after its release, this is Montez's best-remembered film, yet it is now in the public domain. See more »


At the start of the film, Tollea's wrist is shown in close up with the two bloody cobra fang-marks visible. In the next, slightly longer, shot no such marks are visible. See more »


Kado: Look! Music maker also murder stick!
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Referenced in Sabu: The Elephant Boy (1993) See more »

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Reemaimbair ladies, you haf seen nothin' unushell here today
11 October 1998 | by Sees AllSee all my reviews

Must be seen to be believed. This is a classic! The cobra dance will have you on the floor, guaranteed. Note that the deus ex machina is a chimpanzee. Fabulous performance by Maria Montez as good and evil twins with able support from Sabu, John Hall, and the old lady who plays Maria's grandmother. "Joo meen, Joo arre my grandmother!" Favorite moments: Bad twin's procession to the bathing site, all scenes with Sabu, "the Fire Death Hymn". But NOTHING can top the cobra dance. And you'll love the headwear. Don't miss it!

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Release Date:

12 May 1944 (USA) See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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