GenreAdventure Produced byGeorge Waggner LanguageEnglish
WriterRichard Brooks, Peter Milne Release dateApril 23, 1943 (1943-04-23) CastMaria Montez (Princess Tahia), Jon Hall (Kaloe), Sabu (Orano), Turhan Bey (Tamara), Sidney Toler (Wong), Thomas Gomez (Sam Miller) Similar moviesYour Highness, Mulan, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Inside Out, Cinderella, Frozen
TaglineThe pagan love... savage excitements... dangers untamed... of a forbidden island paradise
White Savage is a 1943 American Technicolor South Seas adventure film directed by Arthur Lubin starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu and Turhan Bey. The film was re-released by Realart in 1948 on a double-feature with the same three stars in Cobra Woman and, again in 1953, under the title White Savage Woman.
The film is one of a subgenre of colorful "exotic" tales released by Universal during the war years; others include Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and, like the others, has a certain Technicolor camp appeal. Choreographed by Lester Horton.
Montez is the ruler of the tropical Temple Island, Thomas Gomez the villain who schemes to marry her and get hold of the gold bars lining the submerged floor of the island's temple (about which the innocent islanders remain blissfully unconcerned). Jon Hall plays a heroic shark hunter who wins the day and the heart of the princess.
Maria Montez as Princess Tahia
Jon Hall as Kaloe
Sabu as Orano
Turhan Bey as Tamara
Sidney Toler as Wong
Thomas Gomez as Sam Miller
Don Terry as Gris
Paul Guilfoyle as Erik
Constance Purdy as Blossom
Al Kikume as Guard
Frederic Brunn as Sully
Pedro de Cordoba as Candlemaker
Anthony Warde as Bartender
James Mitchell as Specialty dancer
Bella Lewitzky as Specialty dancer
John Harmon as Frank Williams
Minerva Urecal as Native Woman
White Savage had been the original title for Montez's first starring vehicle, South of Tahiti (1941).
Arabian Nights had been so popular, that Universal commissioned two follow up movies to star Montez, Hall and Sabu - White Savage and Cobra Woman. Gene Lewis wrote the original script for White Savage.
Montez's costumes were considered too skimpy in some scenes requiring them to be cut.