GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy DistributorRKO Pictures LanguageEnglish
WriterAdam Shirk (adaptation) Release dateMarch 15, 1930 (1930-03-15) GenresAdventure Film, Black-and-white Similar moviesKnock Knock, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rana, Queen of the Amazon, Tarzan, The Final Girls, The Jungle Book
TaglineWOMEN WITHOUT MEN - BEASTS without MATES
Ingagi 1930 vitaphone reel 1
Ingagi is a 1930 Pre-Code exploitation film. It purports to be a documentary about "Sir Hubert Winstead" of London on an expedition to Africa, and depicts a tribe of gorilla-worshiping women encountered by the explorer. The film claims to show a ritual in which African women are given over to gorillas as sex slaves, but in actuality was mostly filmed in Los Angeles, using white actresses in blackface in place of natives. It was produced and distributed by Nat Spitzer's Congo Pictures, which had been formed expressly to make the film. Although marketed under the pretense of being an ethnographic film, the premise was a fabrication, leading the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association to retract any involvement with the film.
The film trades heavily on its nudity and on the suggestion of sex between a woman and a gorilla. Its success motivated RKO Radio Pictures to invest in the 1933 film, King Kong. RKO owned several of the theatres Ingagi where was shown, including one of the first, the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, where it opened April 5, 1930.
The later Son of Ingagi (1940) is not a sequel but is the first all-black cast horror movie and features a house haunted by a female mad scientist and her missing link monster.
The film is not lost, contrary to popular belief due to it not being release on home video or shown on television. Three nitrate prints are held at The Library of Congress.