Cobra Woman (1943)

USA, 1943
70m, 6323 feet
35mm film, Technicolor
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Robert Siodmak.

Plot Summary

When his fiancée is kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado follow the trail to a Pacific island where the inhabitants practice human sacrifice to appease their volcano god. The island is ruled by the missing fiancée's twin sister known locally as the Cobra Woman.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents. Universal picture
Executive Producer: Jack J. Gross *
Produced by: George Waggner
Screenplay: Gene Lewis, Richard Brooks
Original Story: W. Scott Darling
Directors of Photography: George Robinson, W. Howard Greene
Film Editor: Charles Maynard
Music by: Edward Ward
Sound Director: Bernard B. Brown
Gowns: Vera West
Make-up Artist: Jack Pierce
Special Photography Effects: John P. Fulton
Art Directors: John B. Goodman, Alexander Golitzen

Maria Montez (Tollea/Naja)
Jon Hall (Ramu)
Sabu (Kado)
Edgar Barrier (Martok)
Mary Nash (queen)
Lois Collier (Veeda)
Samuel S. Hinds (Father Paul)
Moroni Olsen (Macdonald)
Lon Chaney (Hava)

Alternative Titles

Cobraön – Swedish title
Il cobra – Italian title
De Cobra afgod – Dutch title
Cobra-saari – Finnish title
Hembra contra hembra – Mexican title
Kobra – Greek title
Mulher Satânica – Brazilian title
A Mulher Serpente – Portuguese title
Onder het teeken van de cobra – Flemish Belgian title
Onder het teken van de cobra – Flemish Belgian title
La reina cobra – Chilean title
La reina de cobra – Spanish title
Die Schlangenpriesterin – West German title
Le signe du cobra – French title
Slangedronningen – Danish title
Sous le signe du cobra – French Belgian title
Жената кобра – Bulgarian title
Женщина-кобра – Russian title


British Journal of Photography vol.91 no.4410 (10 November ) – review
Castle of Frankenstein no.8 p.39
Cinema Journal vol.23 no.1 (Autumn 1983) pp.24-43 – article
Classic Images no.247 (January 1996) pp.28, 30, 32, 34, C4, C6 – synopsis, review (Pentagram revues by Blackie Seymour)
Classic Images no.248 (February 1996) pp.24, 26 article (Pentagram revues: Cobra Woman part II: Production notes by Blackie Seymour)
Motion Picture Herald vol.155 no.5 (29 April 1944) – credits, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.176 no.5 (6 August 1949)- credits, review
New York Motion Picture Critics Reviews vol.1 no.3 (29 May 1944) pp.370, 371 – credits, review
Today's Cinema vol.62 no.5037 (26 May 1944)

Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.89 – credits
by Walt Lee p.70 – credits
Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films 1931-1946 (2nd edition) by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas p. 567 – review
Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.341-343 – review

Other sources
BFI Southbank Guide April 2015 p.31 – illustrated listing