She Gods of Shark Reef

She Gods of Shark Reef is a 1958 B-adventure film directed by Roger Corman that was partially filmed on location in Kaua'i back to back with Thunder over Hawaii in 1956.[1][2] The film was distributed in 1958 by American International Pictures as a double feature with Night of the Blood Beast.

She Gods of Shark Reef
She Gods of Shark Reef movie
Theatrical release poster
by Reynold Brown
Directed byRoger Corman
Produced byLudwig H. Gerber
Screenplay byRobert Hill
Victor Stoloff
StarringBill Cord
Don Durant
Lisa Montell
Jeanne Gerson
Music byRonald Stein
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byFrank Sullivan
Production
company
Ludwig H. Gerber Productions
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
  • August 1958 (1958-08) (United States)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$50,000 (estimated)

PlotEdit

A young and reckless criminal, Jim (Don Durant), stows away on his brother Chris Johnston's (Bill Cord) boat after killing two men interrupting his gun running. As they sail out to the Sulu Sea, they are caught in a terrible storm and are shipwrecked off a beautiful island that is inhabited by a secretive all-female village of pearl divers. Though the lonely and beautiful women of the island are friendly and flirtatious with the two brothers (the only remaining survivors), the village elder Queen Pua (Jeanne Gearson) is cautious and hostile, wanting the two off the island as soon as possible. Chris falls in love with one of the island beauties, Mahia (Lisa Montell), while Jim, being a wanted man, seeks to escape before the naval ship sent to rescue them arrives. Terrified of being recognized and executed for his crimes, Jim fixes one of the islanders' broken boats and lets his brother and his forbidden love in on his plan. But before they can leave, the black-hearted criminal is overcome by greed and steals the islanders' precious pearls, injuring a native in the process. Once out to sea, Chris discovers what his sibling has done and tries to stop him in a fight on some jagged rocks. Jim tries to get away, but he gets tangled in the boat's ropes and falls to the sea, where a shark kills him, finally punishing him for his crimes.

CastEdit

  • Bill Cord as Chris, alias Christy Johnston
  • Don Durant as Jim, alias Lee Johnston
  • Lisa Montell as Mahia
  • Jeanne Gerson as Queen Pua
  • Carol Lindsay as One of the Hula Dancers
  • Ed Nelson as Guard
  • Beverly Rivera as Island Girl

ProductionEdit

The film was announced in July 1956 with singer Don Durant to make his acting debut.[3]

The film was originally entitled Shark Reef, with the "She Gods" part added at the insistence of American International Pictures, who picked it up for distribution. It was shot in two weeks back to back with Naked Paradise, with Corman only taking one day off in between. Corman says the experience was his most enjoyable one making movies to date.[4]

Corman left for Hawaii to make it in August 1958.[5]

The film was made for an independent, Ludwig H. Gerber, who was hoping for the film to be picked up and released by a major studio. This did not happen. The film was instead sold to AIP in 1958, who released it.

ReceptionEdit

The Monthly Film Bulletin called it "a poor script, indifferently performed."[6] The Los Angeles Times said it only had two things to recommend it: "it is in color and it is only 63 minutes long."[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ She Gods of Shark Reef at IMDb
  2. ^ Corman, Roger. She Gods of Shark Reef at Trailers From Hell. Accessed: August 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Drama: Craig Stevens, Alexis Smith Return to Films; Max Baer Aids Calhoun Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 1956: 13.
  4. ^ Corman, Roger. Ibid. Accessed: August 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Hollywood". Variety. 15 August 1958. p. 70.
  6. ^ SHARK REEF Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 26, Issue 300, (Jan. 1, 1959): 74.
  7. ^ 'Shark Reef' Teams Up With 'The Blood Beast' Stinson, Charles. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 1958: A9.

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