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Cobra Woman

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Robert Siodmak
  • 70 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

High camp thrills aplenty in this richly dumb jungle melodrama about a bride-to-be kidnapped and taken to a mysterious island. There she discovers her evil twin sister is high priestess of a cobra-worshipping cult! Maria Montez, or "The Caribbean Cyclone" as she was better known, is something of a cult figure today, and her performance here as the dual protagonists is considered a career best. Alas, Robert Siodmak directs this bunkum with too straight a face, while Sabu and Lon Chaney Jr overact dreadfully in supporting roles. Given the reams of corny dialogue on offer, it's hard to believe the film was co-scripted by Richard Brooks, director of later classics Elmer Gantry and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Well, you've got to start somewhere!

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Credits

Cast

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Tollea / NajaMaria Montez
RamuJon Hall
KadoSabu
HavaLon Chaney Jr
MartokEdgar Barrier
QueenMary Nash
VeedaLois Collier
Father PaulSamuel S Hinds
MacDonaldMoroni Olsen

Crew

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DirectorRobert Siodmak

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Released on
1944-10-12
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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