Jungle Monsters Battle To The Death in Denver

Complete publicity tagline for “White Pongo”:  “JUNGLE MONSTERS BATTLE TO THE DEATH AS A WOMAN WATCHES IN TERROR!”

Showmen’s Trade Review, February 9, 1946:

Pongo_pe (Large)“Here’s how the Rialto Theatre, Denver, designed a special front to sell PRC’s double horror bill, ‘White Pongo’ and ‘The Missing Corpse,’ with understandable emphasis on ‘White Pongo.’

“The impressive front carried jungle foliage with huge cut-outs of apes to point up the film’s eerie motif.”

White Pongo
Ray “Crash” Corrigan once again dons the gorilla suit to play White Ponga, the name of the albino ape throughout the film.

The Missing Corpse

An industry joke back in the 1940s was that PRC stood for Pretty Rotten Crap and not Producers Releasing Corporation, a poverty row studio turning out a film in a week or two on an extremely low-budget.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.



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