White Savage (1943)

75-76 mins | Romance | 23 April 1943

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writer:

Richard Brooks

Producer:

George Waggner

Cinematographers:

Lester White, William Snyder

Production Designer:

John Goodman

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

This was the second film to star actors Jon Hall, Maria Montez and Sabu; the three had previously appeared together in the 1942 Universal film Arabian Nights (See Entry). According to HR , Universal had originally planned to film this picture using black and white stock due to a shortage of Technicolor film stock, caused by the numerous military training films in production at that time. HR news items also report that Gilbert Valle was originally assigned to be the film's assistant director, but he was drafted into military service and replaced by Charles Gould. Arthur Lubin received a deferment from the Army to direct White Savage . According to HR , portions of the picture were shot on location in Laguna Beach, CA.
       The screenplay for White Savage was the first produced screenplay by Richard Brooks, who later became noted as both the screenwriter and director of such films as Elmer Gantry and In Cold Blood (see entries above). White Savage was also the last film made by actor Don Terry (1902--1988), who had been onscreen since the late 1920s and was best known for his role as "Don Winslow" in two Universal serials, Don Winslow of the Navy (1941) and Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943). After serving in World War II, Terry became a successful businessman under his real name, Donald P. Loker. He eventually headed StarKist foods and became a prominent ... More Less

This was the second film to star actors Jon Hall, Maria Montez and Sabu; the three had previously appeared together in the 1942 Universal film Arabian Nights (See Entry). According to HR , Universal had originally planned to film this picture using black and white stock due to a shortage of Technicolor film stock, caused by the numerous military training films in production at that time. HR news items also report that Gilbert Valle was originally assigned to be the film's assistant director, but he was drafted into military service and replaced by Charles Gould. Arthur Lubin received a deferment from the Army to direct White Savage . According to HR , portions of the picture were shot on location in Laguna Beach, CA.
       The screenplay for White Savage was the first produced screenplay by Richard Brooks, who later became noted as both the screenwriter and director of such films as Elmer Gantry and In Cold Blood (see entries above). White Savage was also the last film made by actor Don Terry (1902--1988), who had been onscreen since the late 1920s and was best known for his role as "Don Winslow" in two Universal serials, Don Winslow of the Navy (1941) and Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943). After serving in World War II, Terry became a successful businessman under his real name, Donald P. Loker. He eventually headed StarKist foods and became a prominent philanthropist. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Apr 1943.
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Daily Variety
6 Nov 1942.
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Daily Variety
9 Apr 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Apr 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 42
p. 4, 7
Hollywood Reporter
30 Oct 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Nov 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 43
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Dec 42
p. 1079.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Apr 43
p. 1261.
New York Times
26 Apr 43
p. 15.
Variety
14 Apr 43
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Dial dir
2nd unit dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Assoc
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
[Sd] tech
DANCE
Choreog
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 April 1943
Production Date:
31 October 1942--early January 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
23 April 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12021
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in feet):
6,807
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9035
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At Port Coral in the South Seas, German merchant Sam Miller is told by fisherman Frank Williams that there is a swimming pool full of gold and gems on Temple Island. Miller tells Williams that he discovered the treasure twelve years earlier, and convinced Princess Tahia, the local leader, to forbid white men from exploring the island. After strangling Williams, Miller hides to avoid seeing Tahia, who is angry with the merchant's bad influence on her brother Tamara. Meanwhile, shark fisherman Kaloe is upset to learn from his friend Orano that Tahia has refused to grant him fishing rights to the reefs around Temple Island. Kaloe then meets Tahia, but not knowing who she is, complains to her about "the old tub of lard" who rules Temple Island. Later, Orano arranges for Kaloe to meet with Tahia, but the upset Tahia has Orano's mother Blossom impersonate her. Upon learning the truth, Kaloe romances Tahia, but she banishes him from the island because she believes that he is only interested in her for the island's fishing rights. After borrowing $1,500 from Wong, a lawyer and jack-of-all-trades, for supplies and a new fishing boat, Kaloe schemes with Orano to get back into Tahia's good graces. Their plans work, and the smitten princess takes the fisherman on a tour of her island, which includes the jewel-laden swimming pool. Kaloe warns Tahia that while he is uninterested in the treasure, Miller may not be so disinclined. Later, the merchant goes to Temple Island, where he saves Tahia from the unwanted advances of Erik, his Irish partner, then proposes marriage. The princess refuses him, ... +


At Port Coral in the South Seas, German merchant Sam Miller is told by fisherman Frank Williams that there is a swimming pool full of gold and gems on Temple Island. Miller tells Williams that he discovered the treasure twelve years earlier, and convinced Princess Tahia, the local leader, to forbid white men from exploring the island. After strangling Williams, Miller hides to avoid seeing Tahia, who is angry with the merchant's bad influence on her brother Tamara. Meanwhile, shark fisherman Kaloe is upset to learn from his friend Orano that Tahia has refused to grant him fishing rights to the reefs around Temple Island. Kaloe then meets Tahia, but not knowing who she is, complains to her about "the old tub of lard" who rules Temple Island. Later, Orano arranges for Kaloe to meet with Tahia, but the upset Tahia has Orano's mother Blossom impersonate her. Upon learning the truth, Kaloe romances Tahia, but she banishes him from the island because she believes that he is only interested in her for the island's fishing rights. After borrowing $1,500 from Wong, a lawyer and jack-of-all-trades, for supplies and a new fishing boat, Kaloe schemes with Orano to get back into Tahia's good graces. Their plans work, and the smitten princess takes the fisherman on a tour of her island, which includes the jewel-laden swimming pool. Kaloe warns Tahia that while he is uninterested in the treasure, Miller may not be so disinclined. Later, the merchant goes to Temple Island, where he saves Tahia from the unwanted advances of Erik, his Irish partner, then proposes marriage. The princess refuses him, and, in turn, rushes into the arms of Kaloe. Later, Miller allows Tamara to use the land deed to Temple Island as gambling collateral, but Kaloe forces his way into the poker game and wins back the deed. On the day Tahia is to announce her engagement to Kaloe, Miller arrives on Temple Island with the dead body of Tamara. As his knife was used to commit the murder, Kaloe is falsely accused of the killing and placed in a lions' den. That night, however, he is rescued by Orano, then goes to Wong for legal advice. They, along with Tahia, trick Chris, one of Miller's hoods, into confessing to the crime and implicating his boss. Learning that his true nature has been exposed, Miller and his heavily armed men head to Temple Island to forcibly take the jewels from the sacred pool. Their use of dynamite to empty the pool, however, sets off an earthquake which kills them and destroys much of the island. With Miller dead and the island deed safely in her name, Tahia happily reunites with Kaloe, as a beaming Orano looks on. +

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