Film Review: Omoo-Omoo, the Shark God (1949)

Also known as: The Shark God (UK)
Release Date: June 10th, 1949
Directed by: Leon Leonard
Written by: George D. Green, Leon Leonard
Based on: Omoo by Herman Melville
Music by: Albert Glasser
Cast: Ron Randell, Devera Burton

Screen Guild Productions, 58 Minutes

Review:

“Mr. Garland you’re not paying attention to me.” – Julie Guy, “Attention? I love you.” – Jeff Garland

Omoo-Omoo, the Shark God is something I came across while searching for the perfect Tiki themed movie. This is not it.

The film is less than an hour but it feels longer than that. It isn’t very good and a large bulk of the film uses stock footage. This was typical at the beginning of the independent film era but it was not a formula that served its movies well.

In Omoo-Omoo, we see what happens when a bunch of greedy white people take advantage of another culture. In this case, white people steal some jewels from the eyes of an idol on Tahiti. The group is then cursed at sea and on land. They are even attacked by a stock footage Bengal tiger. However, all their woes go away when the idol gets its eyes back.

Omoo-Omoo lacks in just about every department. The acting is bad, the cinematography is really bad, the editing is even worse, the implementation of stock footage stuck out like a sore thumb and the score was uninspiring for something that should have represented the lush tropical islands and jungles of the South Pacific.

This is a film that could have been really cool in more capable hands.

And yes, it is bad enough to go through the Cinespiria Shitometer. Let’s see… a-ha! Omoo-Omoo‘s results have come through and they say that it is a “Type 2 Stool: Sausage-shaped but lumpy.”

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