The Cobra Strikes (1948)

62 mins | Mystery | 24 April 1948

Director:

Charles F. Reisner

Writer:

Eugene Conrad

Cinematographer:

Guy Roe

Editor:

Louis Sackin

Production Designer:

Frank Durlauf

Production Company:

Eagle-Lion Films, Inc.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Jun 1948.
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Daily Variety
12 May 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 47
p. 14
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Mar 48
p. 4086.
Variety
19 May 48
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 April 1948
Production Date:
mid December 1947--early January 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 April 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1680
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,572
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12917
SYNOPSIS

As Dr. Damon Cameron leaves his laboratory to unveil his new invention at a state medical banquet, he is gunned down. Dr. Cameron's twin brother Ted, meanwhile, keeps an appointment at the Safari Club with two colleagues from his importing business, Victor Devereaux and Franz Lang. During the meeting, Lang angrily warns Devereaux to stay away from his wife. Later, as Damon is hovering between life and death, police captain Monihan and Sergeant Harris inform Cameron's daughter Dale and Ted that Damon was probably shot because of his invention. A brain surgeon then announces that Damon will survive but will probably be unable to remember anything from his past. With Monihan's permission, newspaper columnist Mike Kent, a former crime reporter who was planning to attend the banquet, searches the laboratory but finds nothing significant. The next day, in the Safari Club's steam room, Mike meets Ted's business partner from India, Hyder Ali, and they become suspects when Devereaux dies mysteriously while concealed by the steam. At Devereaux's funeral, a blonde Russian woman, Olga Kaminoff, shows up professing that Devereaux was everything to her and demanding to view the body. However, when the coffin is opened, it is found to be empty. The body is eventually recovered from a bay and a belated autopsy is performed, revealing that Devereaux was poisoned. Monihan suspects Lang and arrests him. Mike tells Dale that there might be some connection between Devereaux's death and her father's invention, which he speculates might have been used as the murder weapon. Later, Ted calls Dale to invite her to see some movies he shot in India while on a hunting trip with Ali, and she accepts, unaware ... +


As Dr. Damon Cameron leaves his laboratory to unveil his new invention at a state medical banquet, he is gunned down. Dr. Cameron's twin brother Ted, meanwhile, keeps an appointment at the Safari Club with two colleagues from his importing business, Victor Devereaux and Franz Lang. During the meeting, Lang angrily warns Devereaux to stay away from his wife. Later, as Damon is hovering between life and death, police captain Monihan and Sergeant Harris inform Cameron's daughter Dale and Ted that Damon was probably shot because of his invention. A brain surgeon then announces that Damon will survive but will probably be unable to remember anything from his past. With Monihan's permission, newspaper columnist Mike Kent, a former crime reporter who was planning to attend the banquet, searches the laboratory but finds nothing significant. The next day, in the Safari Club's steam room, Mike meets Ted's business partner from India, Hyder Ali, and they become suspects when Devereaux dies mysteriously while concealed by the steam. At Devereaux's funeral, a blonde Russian woman, Olga Kaminoff, shows up professing that Devereaux was everything to her and demanding to view the body. However, when the coffin is opened, it is found to be empty. The body is eventually recovered from a bay and a belated autopsy is performed, revealing that Devereaux was poisoned. Monihan suspects Lang and arrests him. Mike tells Dale that there might be some connection between Devereaux's death and her father's invention, which he speculates might have been used as the murder weapon. Later, Ted calls Dale to invite her to see some movies he shot in India while on a hunting trip with Ali, and she accepts, unaware that Monihan has set it up and invited all of the suspects. As they watch an onscreen battle between a cobra and a mongoose, Dale notices that a valuable ivory elephant has disappeared from the mantelpiece in the room. At the end of the films, Lang is found dead in his chair, poisoned. Later, the coroner determines that the base of the poison which killed Devereaux and Lang is cobra venom. After Ali is found dead with an ivory elephant beside his body, Damon recovers sufficiently to tell Mike that his invention is a hypo-jet that sprays insulin through skin pores. Damon also mentions that his brother was the only other person who knew about it. When Mike deduces that Ted killed his business partners in a dispute over the proceeds from rubies smuggled in the elephants, Ted takes Dale hostage and threatens to administer a lethal dose of the poison to her. Mike and the police outwit him, however, and he is captured. The enigmatic "Russian" lady is revealed to be an American writer of mystery stories. With the murders solved, Mike and Dale realize that they have fallen in love. +

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