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Some island paradise: Ramu (Jon Hall) is about to be married to lovely
Tollea (Maria Montez), when on the evening before their wedding, Tollea
disappears. Soon, Ramu finds out that Tollea was actually a foundling from
Cobra Island, and that her people have obviously come to take her back. So
it's off to Cobra Island for Ramu and his juvenile sidekick Kado (Sabu) to
get Tollea back.
On Cobra Island they learn from the Queen Mother that the island is
ruled by Tollea's evil twin sister Naja (also Maria Montez), who is the
high priestess of the island, but the title high priestess rightfully
belongs to Tollea. Ramu and Kado eventually promise to help the Queen
Mother to make Tollea high priestess, but before long, they both are
captured and about to be sacrificed while the Queen Mother is killed by
high priest Martok (Edgar Barrier), Naja's lover and partner in crime ...
only Tollea remains elusive of Naja's and Martok's henchmen.
Finally, Tollea enters the palace and comes face to face with her twin
sister, but when Naja desperately tries to kill Tollea, she stumbles and
falls of the balcony to her death. Tollea then dons Naja's robes and
enters the sacrificial ceremony where Ramu and Kado are about to be killed
as Naja. Martok sees through her charade though and forces her to take the
test of the cobra - which esssentially means she has to dance in front of
a giant cobra without being bitten -, but by that time, Ramu and Kado have
already been freed by a chimp (really), and Kado simply kills the cobra
with a blowpipe. With the dreaded King Cobra gone, the populace of Cobra
Island rises against its opressors and soon enough, Martok gets his just
desserts, Tollea is installed as the new high priestess, and Ramu, on his
way home, realizes he has lost his one true love to her people ... until
he notices she has hidden in his boat as a stowaway ...
Lon Chaney jr can be seen as a mute brute who fights for the Queen
A childish, escapist little fantasy pic shot in beautiful technicolor
... and of course, it's silly as hell (see above synopsis), but if you're
still in touch with your inner child, you might as well love this naive,
over-the-top, camp silly little picture for all that it is including its
One of Kenneth Anger's favourite films by the way, if this means
anything to you.