Queen of What Amazons?
Lonnie E. Holder | Columbus, Indiana, United States | 12/31/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Greg Lambert (Robert Lowery) is missing. Where did he go? Jean Preston (Patricia Morison) is off to India to find him. The trail soon leads to Africa, where the searchers encounter a male chauvinist and the Queen of the Amazons. However, by the time you meet the Queen of the Amazons you will likely be either puzzled or annoyed that you watched this turkey.
The movie begins auspiciously. I thought that this movie might be in an Indiana Jones vein. We are soon distracted by stock footage of Indians riding elephants and doing various things, interspersed with Jean and her fellow travelers positioned against generic set walls. The intensity is increased when someone hiding in the curtains murders an Indian girl about to reveal important information. The Indian population is soon fighting, ostensibly because of the murder of the Indian girl, but who would know about the murder?
The travelers escape to Africa, encountering a guide who dislikes women. Jean, being a crack shot, impresses the guide, and everyone sets off into the bush. Lions attack, locusts fly prodigiously, and then there are those mysterious Amazons. Once we get to the Amazons, who seem more like hot, scantily clad babes that need rescued, I was sorely disappointed. There were only a few Amazons. The Amazons looked out of place in the jungle and in Africa. The Queen of the Amazons looked more like a 1940s movie floozy.
I think that having movies such as this one available is a good thing. These movies give those seeking a certain genre or the movies of a certain actor the opportunity to see much more of their portfolio than was once possible. However, I think this movie was sixty-one minutes of low-budget film that must have been matinee filler leading up to a main feature, because I think I would have been unhappy to have paid a nickel or a dime to see this when it was released in 1947.