Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955) was the penultimate serial to be released by the MGM of B-picture studios, Republic; after King of the Carnival (1955), the low-budget film factory revered for its western programmers and chapter plays decided to ring down the curtain as far as enticing young kidlets into Saturday afternoon matinees each week. (Republic’s classic serials would later resurface on the small screen in feature film form.) Clearly inspired by such giant creature films as Them! (1954), Panther Girl is not—despite what it says on the poster art—“the most exciting serial ever filled!” But if you’re like me and you enjoy a generous sample of cinematic fromage every now and then…Panther Girl will satisfy any true aficionado of movie camp.
Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion ) but I’m not going to mince words: he’s kind of weak in the villainy department. (Space comes off as peevish, as if he were the Rexall family druggist and he’s not too wild about coming out from behind the counter.) The only other thespian of note in Panther Girl is Roy Glenn, a distinguished actor with a long radio resume (you can hear him in recordings of Amos ‘n’ Andy and The Jack Benny Program…but he also worked shows like Suspense and Tales of the Texas Rangers) who later appeared in prestige films like Carmen Jones (1954). (Sadly, actors gotta eat…and Roy had to tackle demeaning roles like that in the 1953 serial Jungle Drums of Africa; he got to be one of the bad guys in that one.)