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Samar (1962)

Approved | | Adventure | 9 August 1962 (Mexico)
George Montgomery plays a cynical doctor that is taken to prison at Samar island because his political opinions. The commander (Gilbert Roland) is waiting for his own doctor, that is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Montgomery ... Dr. John David Saunders
Gilbert Roland ... Col. Juan Sebastian Salazar
Ziva Rodann ... Ana Orteiz
Joan O'Brien ... Cecile Salazar
Nico Minardos ... Capt. De Guzman
Mario Barri Mario Barri ... Sgt. Nanding
Henry Feist Henry Feist ... Tominsino
Tony Fortich Tony Fortich ... Trustee
Johnny Cortez Johnny Cortez ... Adring
Carmen Austin Carmen Austin ... School Teacher
Esperanza Garcia Esperanza Garcia ... Injured Woman
Danilo Jurado Danilo Jurado ... Trustee (as Danny Jurado)
Luciano Lasam Luciano Lasam ... Trustee
Pedro Faustino Pedro Faustino ... Lasar
Joaquin Fajardo Joaquin Fajardo ... Spanish Soldier


George Montgomery plays a cynical doctor that is taken to prison at Samar island because his political opinions. The commander (Gilbert Roland) is waiting for his own doctor, that is supposed to work with him in moving the population to the interior. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure Spectacle Savage As the South Seas!




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Philippines | USA



Release Date:

9 August 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Rebell von Palawan See more »

Filming Locations:

Manila, Philippines

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Production Co:

MAM, Winchester See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)
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George Montgomery shaved his chest for his shirtless scenes in the movie. See more »


Dr. John David Saunders: [to Capt. De Guzman] You ever catch a bullet, let me know. I'd love to probe around for it.
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Shangri-La in the jungle
20 April 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I remember seeing Samar in the theater in 1962 when it was the bottom end of a double bill. Fifty years later I get to see it again and review it. I have to say it left a deep impression on me as a group of penal colonists leave their community and head inward to the jungle of the island of Samar in the Phillipine archipelago.

George Montgomery who directed and produced Samar as well as star in it is an American doctor who was living in Manila and who was being sent there after an indiscretion with the wife of a Spanish officer to Gilbert Roland the commandant. Montgomery goes with Nico Minardos an officer sent to investigate rumors that Roland is planning treason.

He's speaking treason fluently and planning it as well. There's a legend of some Spanish friars who found a peaceful valley, a Shangri-La in the Samar jungle. But they are on the beach coast because that jungle is pretty impenetrable with Moros and head hunters living out there as well as the other hazards of the tropics. Roland has an old map and he's going to build a new settlement with what he feels are unjustly accused prisoners of a despotic Spanish regime which he serves.

Montgomery is at first unwilling, but slowly begins to believe in Roland's vision.

Samar has some script problems, but it is an imaginative tale beautifully photographed in the Phillipines. There are two strong women's roles, Ziva Rodann as the illegitimate daughter of some Spanish nobleman who is in the penal colony for that reason only, to save dear old dad embarrassment and Joan O'Brien who is Roland's wife who hasn't quite bought into his vision.

In any event it was nice to see this film again after so many years.

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