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Moro Witch Doctor

Moro Witch Doctor
Movie: Moro Witch Doctor(November 1964 (USA))[tt0058373] CIA agent Jefferson Stark is ordered to the Philippines to investigate the double homicide of two American plantation owners, Cameron and Kruger. Authorities believe the two were killed as a result of local gun smuggling and drug dealing. Cameron's sister Paula helps Stark in his investigation, and learns her brother is still alive and has gone into hiding from the syndicate. Stark discovers the plantation is all just a cover for the crime ring's smuggling operations. A fanatical cult leader named Datu Sumlang tries to buy the property, but when Paula refuses to sell, her brother's ex-friends start getting murdered. Stark uses Paula as a lure by telling her to meet him in Manila with a suitcase full of money. She gets attacked by the supposedly dead Kruger, and Stark comes to Paula's aid and kills him. With Kruger's death, the crime ring dissolves and her brother Cameron is exonerated. Written byPaul Gerard Kennedy
Title Moro Witch Doctor
Release Date November 1964 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Action, Drama
Production Companies Associated Producers (API), Hemisphere Pictures
Jock Mahoney
Jock Mahoney...
CIA Agent Jefferson Stark...
Margia Dean
Margia Dean...
Paula Cameron...
Reed Hadley
Reed Hadley...
Robert Collins...
Dale Ishimoto
Dale Ishimoto...
Manuel Romblon...
Vic Diaz
Vic Diaz...
Salek...

Reviews

Mozjoukine on 1 October 2002
Romero's other Philippino trash monster pictures are so lively and enjoyable that we can't help wonder what happened to this one. The (obviously second thought) framing story with Reed Hadley explaining the plot suggests Stateside interference.There are still a few interesting scenes - notably the opening with the drugged up assassin advancing with machete, acting out the Amok ritual that is the subject of a Stephan Zweig story and the Gary Cooper movie REAL GLORY.The body of the film, with American white shirt hero Mahoney sorting out the bad guys, is tedious and hard to follow though there are glimpses of something more substantial as when we cut from the Moslem village to the Catholic funeral passing in urban Manila.The film does have curiosity value as an attempt to add a new frame of reference to the monster movie.

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