Queen of the Amazons Film Details
Overview: A woman’s husband has disappeared on an expedition into the jungle. She hires a guide to take her into the jungle to find him. However, they discover that he has been captured by a savage female tribe.
Tagline: White Goddess of the Dark Jungle… She offered ECSTASY and DEATH!
Review: The film opens in India. We meet a professor type, a military type, a young seedy male type and a gorgeous female type. Hints are dropped about how dangerous such a half-civilized place can be. The young woman insists they find out what happened to “Greg”, the Colonel’s son who came here a month since; a desk clerk proves unhelpful, and a young woman watches them. A silhouetted figure tells the man to detain the party. The girl tells them of a safari attacked by a tiger–which might not have been “Greg’s”. Jean, (Patricia Morison) wants to talk with the young woman’s husband, who was on the safari; we find out later, when Jean shows her “Greg’s” picture, Greg was on the safari before the last. The husband is shot while telling them Greg was after a fortune in ivory, in “Kybo”, in Africa. Fortunately, no one heard the shot; the young man, Wayne, suggest they leave. They board a clipper for Africa. Wayne wonders why Jean doesn’t give up. She tells him to quit, but that she won’t. Once arrived, the Colonel gets them help, a guide, Gary, who hates women in wild places (Robert Lowery). The Commissioner fills them in on the man. Jean has to shoot bullseyes in the man’s targets to win him over. Gary recruits one Gabby as cook and we learn soon that Greg had been on a mission–a contraband ivory ring needed stopping. They kill two days, then are off. At a village, they buy supplies and hire bearers. The chief mentions what they all fear is a white woman. A flashback shows where a luxury liner sinks; the local “Amazons” are survivors of a shipwreck, females sent out in the available lifeboats. Days of trek later, they find a coin Jean gave to “Greg”. That night Gary and Wayne drive off a lion, and Wayne and Gary argue; Wayne hints he knows who’s responsible for incidents that have scared the bearers. That night we learn Jean and “Greg” weren’t that happy, Wayne is a frustrated suitor too, and Gary is interested. Next dawn, they find a footprint–and Wayne, with a spear in his back. Gary says the print was made by a white man; he wonders if it were “Greg” who made it. This is a dangerous zone, with locusts and lions. The native who found the coin takes off, pursued by someone, only to be eaten by a lioness–the only one who knew the way to find the “Amazons”. He wasn’t killed because until then, no one knew who had the directions…The chief and his men hunt down the offending lioness. We meet the mysterious white goddess, on the knee of a man painting a picture–“Greg”. She asks if he is tired of her; she’s had the safari watched. Greg wants to meet the intruders. She insists he has to attend the Council–to keep her natives in line. They kiss. But she, Zita, has plans. Back at camp, her heralds say only 3 can enter her court; it will be Gary, the Colonel and Jean. Zita prepares for the audience. Greg asks her to detain the safari till he returns. The visitors are led in; Zita is cold. Gary notes a safari disappeared near here–everyone but Greg died therefore. Zita blames the trouble on her female warriors; she might have been able to save the others, she says. They are entertained, Zita finds out Jean has come for one reason–to find Greg. She wonders if ivory had anything to do with their coming also. It is why they have to enforce their isolation. Zita tells how her mother taught the children of the survivors, and she became leader after her. She wonders about getting white men for her women; then asks to speak to Jean alone; she says Greg loves her. Jean says if he wants to be free, she’ll not hold him. Zita talks about the “law of the jungle”, that if she had not said that, she would have had her killed; She admits she may be half savage, but Greg means that much to her–and then offers to be friends. This is a sophisticated and powerful scene in every respect. Zita rescues the Professor from two amorous Amazons and notes Gary and Jean have spent much time together. Gary interrupts her hints, to try to find out who is behind the nefarious goings on. It turns out to be Gabby the cook. Gabby pulls a gun and has the warriors herd everyone out but the ladies. The safari folk come to rescue the captives, with a bit of trickery; and Greg arrives with Amazons, so the Colonel and he have a talk while Gary is off rescuing the women. Gabby hurls a spear at Zita, but misses. Gary arrives there’s a strong fight between the two; one of the Amazons kills Gabby with a dart. Next day, two happy couples are married. They go back with ivory heading to the real wild spots–New York nightclubs. Edward Finney produced, and also directed the film with Roger Merton its credited writer. The very talented cast included gorgeous Patricia Morison as Jean, powerful J. Edward Bromberg as “Gabby”, handsome Robert Lowery as Gary, John Miljan as narrator and the Colonel, Amira Moustafa as Zita, Keith Richards as the luckless Wayne, Bruce Edwards as the Greg, and Wilson Benge as the Professor. The film’s makers tried to break new ground in the plot; they used stocj footage cleverly blended it into the inexpensive narrative. This film is memorable for several good reasons but especially Patricia Morison.
Country: United States
Duration: 61 min
Genre: Action, Adventure
Also known as: Queen of the Amazons,Königin der Wildnis,La reina de las amazonas,I mystiriodis zougla,Amatsoonien kuningatar,L’amazone de la jungle