"Karloff Boris" The 1st Boris Karloff Australian Film Advertisment
|Everyone's 23 July, 1924|
Directed by Alan James and produced by Phil Goldstone, The White Panther was of interest to Australians for the featured star, Reginald 'Snowy' Baker, who, along with others too numerous to mention, but including Louise Lovely, Annette Kellerman and J.P. McGowan, was an Australian in Hollywood making a name for himself. The film was released by the Australasian Releasing Corporation and distributed through the Co-Operative Film Exchange. All these companies are long, long gone now.
Karloff appears in the cast list as "A Native".
|Everyone's 6 August, 1924. Note 'Karloff Boris' in the bottom right hand corner|
The movie gained excellent reviews but, at this point in history, Snowy Baker could have murdered a kitten on the screen and the Australian media would have lapped it up and hailed it as a masterpiece on a par with anything that Shakespeare or Douglas Fairbanks had ever done.
At least Boris got a mention, and a suitable menacing image on the advertising display. And playing eight fiddle to Snowy wasn't as bad as playing tenth fiddle to Boomerang The Wonder Horse.