PANTHER GIRL OF THE KONGO REVIEWED
“Panther Girl of the Kongo” is a Republic serial who fights a mad scientist. Over 12 episodes and 168 minutes, the show doesn’t lose its focus. I love that Olive keeps releasing these Republic serials, it’s just that I’m starting to see why the serials folded in the 1950s. While a lot of it had to do with the Cinemascope revolution, the serials were losing a ton of steam. It’s not like the world needed nearly 3 hours of a white girl trying to save the Utanga tribe.
Sure, I get that things like “The Phantom” were popular at the time. It’s just that Phyllis Coates is about as effective as a lead hero as well…nothing. For every time that Coates gets to pull a gun on somebody, she’s either knocked out or tied up. I get the nostalgia factor for older people, but I would’ve loved being able to watch it in a far more modern catered presentation. That’s just me, but I get why Olive went the way they did on it.
I will ask the older readers to do something, while I work on some site things this weekend. Find me a bettter timeline for Republic serials. I’m pretty curious where this serial ended up towards the end of Republic.
- 1.37:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM Mono