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Congo Bill (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Action | 28 October 1948 (USA)
A girl is about to inherit a fortune, but she is missing in Africa. Only then, family charges Congo Bill, an adventurer, to find her, and bring her back to civilization. He follows a legend about some White Queen, but his path is full of difficulties, by an inhospitable jungle, and the man who will lose the fortune if the girl is found alive.

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Cast overview:
... Congo Bill
... Lureen / Ruth Culver
... Cameron
... Bernie MacGraw
... Andre Bocar
... Dr. Greenway
... Kleeg
... Zalea
Hugh Prosser ... Morelli
... Kahla
... Villabo
Rusty Wescoatt ... Ivan
... Rogan
Stephen Carr ... Tom MacGraw
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Congo Bill, a tamer of wild animals, intends to find Ruth Culver, a missing woman who has just inherited the Culver Circus, worth half a million dollars. He has heard of the existence somewhere in Africa of a white queen who might be Ruth. Once on the African continent, Congo Bill's safari gets attacked several times. The man behind all that is none other than Andre Bocar, a trafficker in cahoots with Bernie MacGraw, who hopes to capture the Culver inheritance. With the help of Cameron, a mysterious stranger, Congo Bill manages to locate Lureen, the white queen, who turns out to be Ruth Culver as the tamer had guessed. But trouble is not at an end yet. Indeed Nagu, the witch doctor, who smuggles gold with Bocar, tries to get rid of Congo Bill. To no avail, for Bill and Cameron (who happens to be a colonial officer) recover the gold and capture Bocar. Congo Bill returns to the USA with Lureen/Ruth with a view to creating new circus, even bigger than the former one. Written by Guy Bellinger

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DARING HUNTER AND HIS JUNGLE QUEEN BATTLE DEADLY DANGERS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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28 October 1948 (USA)  »

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Congo Bill: King of the Jungle  »

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9. The Witch Doctor Strikes See more »

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Chapter seven entitled "Panther" actually is a lion. See more »

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Narrator: With no regard for his personal safety, Congo Bill has never hesitated to risk his life to track down and capture even the most ferocious beasts of the jungle with power and speed beyond human conception. Even though trapped, these savage animals must still be trained adding new hazards to Congo Bill's thrill-packed career. A dangerous way of life, he would not trade it for any other.
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Entertainment Gold
20 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Congo Bill provides everything one wants in an adventure serial. It gives the viewer dramatic tension, cliff hangers, suspense and very well drawn characterizations. Each of the fifteen episodes runs for twenty minutes so you get five hours of rock solid entertainment. Great value for your buck! Don McGuire is great as the fearless Congo Bill and Cleo Moore, the White Queen is very beautiful and eye catching.

The authoritative voice of the narrator at the beginning and end of each chapter sounds like a Walter Cronkite or Tom Brokaw and his senatorial tone adds gravitas to the unfolding storyline. The minor characters are excellent too. The haughty and taciturn Cameron, world weary philosopher of life Doctor Greenway, arrogant and dismissive Andre Bocar, buffoon Ivan, bumbling licensee Kleeg and Kahla (Congo Bill's young sidekick and personal gun bearer) promotes authenticity with his broken English patois. The Witchdoctor's headdress featuring wild animal horns strikes fear and awe and makes an indelible impression (the helmet worn by Yul Brynner as Ramesses in "The Ten Commandments" made a similar imposing impression on me).

The exterior shots make the spectator feel like they are in the heart of Africa with lots of giraffes, elephants, lions and gorilla. The tension within each chapter of Congo Bill is palpable and draws you in totally. Among the pantheon of adventure serials this is a Magnum Opus.


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