Release date3 January 1955 (serial)
1966 (TV) CastPhyllis Coates (Jean Evans the Panther Girl), Myron Healey (Larry Sanders), Arthur Space (Dr. Morgan), John Daheim (Cass) Similar moviesHitman: Agent 47, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Mission: Impossible II, Batman Begins, Mission: Impossible
TaglineMAN-MADE MONSTERS TERRIFY THE JUNGLE as a mad scientist prepares to unleash a new fury on the world!
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Panther Girl of the Kongo is a 1955 Republic movie serial. It used a lot of stock footage from the 1941 Republic serial Jungle Girl. This was the penultimate (sixty-fifth of sixty-six) serial produced by Republic.
Panther Girl of the Kongo mixes several stock serial plots including the "land grab", exotic location, jungle girl and mad scientist. Phyllis Coates played the Panther Girl.
Mad Scientist Morgan wants sole access to secret diamond mines in the local area of Africa. In order to accomplish this he breeds giant crayfish ("Claw Monsters") to scare away any other inhabitants. Jean Evans, the Panther Girl, and friend Larry Sanders encounter this plot while on a photo safari in the region.
Phyllis Coates as Jean Evans, the Panther Girl
Myron Healey as Larry Sanders, a big game hunter
Arthur Space as Dr Morgan, a Mad Scientist
John Daheim as Cass, one of Dr Morgan's henchmen
Mike Ragan as Rand, one of Dr Morgan's henchmen
Morris Buchanan as Tembo
Roy Glenn as Chief Danka
James Logan as Constable Harris
Panther Girl of the Kongo was budgeted at $172,793 although the final negative cost was $179,341 (a $6,548, or 3.8%, overspend). It was the most expensive Republic serial of 1955.
It was filmed between 16 August and 4 September 1954 under the working title Panther Woman of the Kongo. The serial's production number was 1939.
In order to make it possible to use significant stock footage from the earlier Jungle Girl, and cheaply pad out Panther Girl of the Kongo, a duplicate costume was used. As a result, Republic's last female lead wore the same costume as its first.
Tom Steele as Larry Sanders (doubling Myron Healey)
Helen Thurston as Jean Evans/Panther Girl (doubling Phyllis Coates)
David Sharpe as Panther Girl (doubling Phyllis Coates via stock footage from Jungle Girl)
Fred Graham as Nick Burgass
Special effects created by the Lydecker brothers.
Panther Girl of the Kongo's official release date is January 3, 1955, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.
This was followed by a re-release of Jesse James Rides Again instead of a new serial. The last new serial, King of the Carnival, followed in the summer.
Panther Girl of the Kongo was one of twenty-six Republic serials re-released as a film on television in 1966. The title of the film was changed to The Claw Monsters. This version was cut down to 100-minutes in length.
Cline believes that the greatest problem that faced the writers was how to lead the heroine from one piece of stock footage to the next.
The Claw Monster (20min)
Jungle Ambush (13min 20s)
The Killer Beast (13min 20s)
Sands of Doom (13min 20s)
Test of Terror (13min 20s)
High Peril (13min 20s)
Timber Trap/Double Trap (Double Trap is the title shown on screen in chapter 7 and at the end of chapter 6) (13min 20s)