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White Savage(1943)

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This was the second film to star actors Jon Hall, Maria Montez and Sabu; the three had previously appeared together in the 1942 Universal film Arabian Nights (see entry above). According to Hollywood Reporter, Universal had originally planned to film this picture using black and white stock due to a shortage of Technicolor film stock, caused by the numerous military training films in production at that time. Hollywood Reporter news items also report that Gilbert Valle was originally assigned to be the film's assistant director, but he was drafted into military service and replaced by Charles Gould. Arthur Lubin received a deferment from the Army to direct White Savage. According to Hollywood Reporter, portions of the picture were shot on location in Laguna Beach, CA. This film was the first produced screenplay by Richard Brooks, who later became noted as both the screenwriter and director of such films as Elmer Gantry and In Cold Blood (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.2386).