Maria Montez & Jon Hall Collection [White Savage / Gypsy Wildcat / Sudan]
Directed by Arthur Lubin, William Neill, John Rawlins
This collection includes three films co-starring Maria Montez and Jon Hall. WHITE SAVAGE (1943) In this lavish fantasy-adventure from director Arthur Lubin (Francis the Talking Mule), the beautiful “Queen of Technicolor” Maria Montez (Arabian Nights) lights up the screen as Princess Tahia, ruler of Temple Island, with co-stars Jon Hall (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) and Sabu (Cobra Woman) as the shark-hunter Kaloe and his rascally pal Orano. Forbidden love blossoms when Orano plays Cupid for Kaloe and the princess. But trouble comes to tropical paradise when scoundrels seek the hidden treasure in Tahia’s palace pool. Turhan Bey (Sudan), Sidney Toler (King of Chinatown) and Thomas Gomez (Singapore) round out the top-notch cast of this eye-popping, breathtaking romance on the South Seas. GYPSY WILDCAT (1944) The dazzling duo of Maria Montez (Cobra Woman) and Jon Hall (Arabian Nights) star in this Technicolor caravan of action and romance. When Count Orso is found dead, a wicked baron blames a local settlement of gypsies and imprisons them in his castle. The only witness to the killing is a traveler named Carla (Montez), who wears a beautiful necklace and captures the hearts of men who encounter her. Co-starring Peter Coe (Road to Bali), Nigel Bruce (Becky Sharp), Leo Carrillo (Four Frightened People) and Gale Sondergaard (The Spider Woman Strikes Back) with direction by Roy William Neill (Black Angel), this enchanting epic features lush locations, colorful costumes and the marvelous Ms. Montez at her most smoldering. SUDAN (1945) In this sixth and final Montez/Hall starrer, Maria Montez (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) is simply spectacular as the vengeful Naila, ruler of the Egyptian city of Khemis. Disguised as a peasant girl, she scours the desert for those responsible for her father’s death during a slave revolt. After a series of treacherous captures and escapes, the beautiful Naila finds herself aided by the amorous pickpocket Merab and his partner-in-crime Nebka, played by Jon Hall (Cobra Woman) and Andy Devine (Canyon Passage). Directed by John Rawlins (Arabian Nights) and co-starring Turhan Bey (White Savage), George Zucco (The Cat and the Canary) and Robert Warwick (Against All Flags), this action-packed romance shines like a Technicolor jewel of the Nile.