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Son of Ingagi (1940)

Passed | | Horror | 4 April 1940 (USA)
A newlywed couple is visited by a strange old woman who harbors a secret about the young girl's father.


Richard C. Kahn


Spencer Williams (story) (as Spencer Williams Jr.)




Complete credited cast:
Zack Williams Zack Williams ... N'Gina
Laura Bowman Laura Bowman ... Dr. Helen Jackson
Alfred Grant Alfred Grant ... Robert Lindsay
Daisy Bufford ... Eleanor Lindsay
Arthur Ray Arthur Ray ... Zeno Jackson
Spencer Williams ... Detective Nelson (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Earle Morris Earle Morris ... Bradshaw (as Earl J. Morris)
Jesse Graves Jesse Graves ... Chief of Detectives
The Four Toppers The Four Toppers ... Singing Quartet (as The Toppers)


A wealthy old recluse wills her fortune and exceedingly-gloomy house to a pair of newlyweds, Robert and Eleanor Lindsay. Years before, Dr. Jackson had been in love with Eleanor's father, who was younger than her and did not return her love. N'Gina, an ape-man, Dr. Jackson brought back from Africa drinks a potion she had concocted in her laboratory, for a specific reason, but N'Gina turns on her and kills her, which is not what she had planned. Then he murders her attorney, Bradshaw, who is hunting for $20,000 in gold she had hidden in her gloomy house. Her brother, Zeno, an ex-convict, finds the gold but N'Gina isn't bothered by the bullets Zeno fires at him and kills him also. Detective Nelson then goes looking for it. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Terror reigns when the giant of the jungle breaks loose!




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Release Date:

4 April 1940 (USA) See more »

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House of Horror See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of the rich Dr. Helen Jackson (played by Laura Bowman) is inspired by real-life millionaire miser Hettie Green(1834-1916) See more »


Nelson: They tell me that lady has enough money to burn up a wet mule.
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Referenced in Snowfall: Sightlines (2018) See more »


You Drove The Gloom Away
Performed by The Four Toppers
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Quality Aside...
29 October 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A newlywed couple is visited by a strange old woman who harbors a secret about the young girl's father.

"Son of Ingagi" is allegedly the first science fiction-horror film to feature an all-black cast. Even if the film had no merit (which it does), this alone would make it worthwhile as a historic film.

This is really the brainchild of Spencer Williams (1893-1969), who wrote, acted and helped behind the camera. While today perhaps best remembered as the latter half of Amos and Andy, he was a true talent and a pioneer in the category of "race films".

I would love to see this film properly released. Maybe it has been, but the public domain copy I saw was pretty unbearable and ruined what should have been a lost classic.

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