Cobra Woman (1944)

Cobra Woman (1944)

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

Starring: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu

The jungle adventure genre really never recovered from the extreme disinterest it suffered in the 60’s or thereabouts, you basically never see these kinds of movies anymore. I don’t know if it was just that it became less exotic as people learned more about the world or if it was related to Vietnam or what.

A man has to go to a strange jungle society where all trespassers are killed in order to retake his fiancee who went back there to become queen and depose her evil twin sister. With the help of an obnoxious native boy and a sometimes mute Lon Chaney Jr., the guy punches his way through town, avoiding deadly snakes and guards with cardboard swords, and saves the day.

It’s a very standard sort of film, not really anything fantastic or unique to stand out about it. Movies back in the 40’s were just a different process; it was more like a factory process, where you’d just reuse the same sets and actors and give them slightly different stories and then you’ve got fifty movies being made a year. It’s not really worse than how we do it nowadays, it’s just a different kind of soulless filmmaking.

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