Cast and Crew: Eduard von Borsody (Director); Anne Day-Helveg (Novel); Ernst von Salomon (Script); Marion Michael, Hardy Krüger, Rudolf Forster, Reggie Nalder, Irene Galter
What It’s About: Liane, the 2-year old grand-daughter of industrialist Theo Amelongen (Rudolf Forster), is presumed to have died along with her parents in a shipwreck off the African coast. Years later when a research expedition discovers a young white woman (Marion Michael) living with a native tribe, speculation abounds that she is in fact the lost heiress. Thoren (Hardy Krüger), the head of the expedition, helps settle Liane into life with her presumptive grandfather, while Amelongen’s nephew (and only other heir) attempts to expose Liane as a fraud.
This movie has mondo footage, which includes many scenes of topless natives. Depending on how you feel about non-sexual nudity, it might not be safe for kids.
Why watch it today?: Liane’s scheming cousin Viktor is played by Reggie Nalder, a prolific character actor who appeared as villains in such films as The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Salem’s Lot (1979), and cult favorite Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1978). Nalder died on this day in 1991 of bone cancer.
Although the villainy of Viktor is instantly ineffective, Nalder sells the part with his transparent jealousy.