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Cult of the Cobra

1955

Francis D. Lyon
Director
Universal Pictures
Studio

Group of GIs stationed in India at the end of World War II search for local color, and find it when they visit the temple of a snake worshipping cult. Unfortunately one of them is dumb enough to take a flash camera into the temple, bringing a death curse down upon the whole group.

After the war, the members of the group start dying in accidents, while one of them meets a mysterious woman, who doesn't drink or smoke, and whom animals are deathly afraid of. Coincidence? Of course not. . .

Decent little thriller is slightly too slow-moving, but benefits from some moody, noirish photography that creates a Lewtonesque atmosphere, as well as a fine conflicted performance from Domergue, who for once gets to do more than make coffee for the scientists. The five main leads (Long, Thompson, Reynolds, Kelly & Janssen) all had leading roles in TV shows of the 60s (Big Valley, Daktari, The F.B.I., Maverick and The Fugitive, respectively), which may account for some of its appeal today. The filmmakers and cast do deserve some credit for sketching the cursed group as likable enough guys, because honestly they rather deserve what they get for being ignorant "Ugly American" type tourists.

-Dave W.



30th May 1955
Cinema



82 mins
1.27:1




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Faith Domergue
Lisa Moya
Richard Long
Paul Able
Marshall Thompson
Tom Markel
Kathleen Hughes
Julia Thompson
William Reynolds
Pete Norton
Jack Kelly
Carl Turner
Myrna Hansen
Marian Sheehan
David Janssen
Rico Nardi
Leonard Strong
Daru
James Dobson
Nick Hommel
Walter Coy
Police Inspector
The Carlssons
Native Dancers
Olan Soule
Major Martin Fielding
Helen Wallace
Mrs. Webber
Mary Alan Hokanson
Army Nurse
(as Mary Ann Hokanson)
John Halloran
Lamian High Priest
Alan Reynolds
Captain Steve Williams
Ben Frommer
Hotdog Stand Proprietor
(uncredited)
Edward Platt
Lamian Threatening Death
(uncredited)
Bing Russell
Laundry Man
(uncredited)
Jack Rutherford
Policeman
(uncredited)
William Vedder
Stage Door Watchman
(uncredited)
Jarl Victor
Laboratory Worker
(uncredited)
Larry Williams
Spectator
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cabbie
David Armstrong
Party Guest
(uncredited)
Rama Bai
Woman in Asian Market Square
(uncredited)
George Calliga
Cafe Patron
(uncredited)
Dick Cherney
Cafe Patron
(uncredited)
Paul Cristo
Waiter
(uncredited)
George DeNormand
Observer at Scene
(uncredited)
Don Dillaway
Onlooker at Carl's Death
(uncredited)
George Ford
Mourner
(uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton
Tourist in Asian Market Square
(uncredited)
Sam Harris
Officer in Asian Market Square
(uncredited)
Chester Hayes
Bartender
(uncredited)
Shep Houghton
Party Guest
(uncredited)
Walter Lawrence
Detective
(uncredited)
Charles Morton
Observer at Scene
(uncredited)
Jack Perry
Observer at Scene
(uncredited)
Murray Pollack
Party Guest
(uncredited)
Paul Power
Show Spectator
(uncredited)
John Roy
Stagehand
(uncredited)
George Sowards
Man Calming Horse
(uncredited)
Lawrence A. Williams
Spectator
(uncredited)

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