Mental Movie Moments 1: Snake Shake


I thought that from time to time we’d have a peculiar bit of celluloid here, preferably something not too well-known or recently seen. To start the ball rolling I stumbled across Debra Paget seducing a very realistic cobra with her, um, charms in this extraordinary clip from Fritz Lang’s ‘The Indian Tomb’.


5 comments on “Mental Movie Moments 1: Snake Shake”

  1. Alan Morgan says:

    Just… just, brilliant! Have to hunt this down.

    Also that at the end, in the links, it gives Massive Attack played over the same piece.

  2. Anne Fernie says:

    Quite saucy for 1959. Doesn’t the ghoul/god statue’s face look a lot like the ghost face of Dr Mabuse in Lang’s ‘Testament of Dr Mabuse’?? Re. exceptionally bad films, has anyone else seen hippy/psychedelia drugsploitation film ‘the Acid Eaters’ (1968) – it’s an absolute hoot especially the ‘orgy’ scene near the end. It can be seen on YouTube but you are spoilt for choice re. jaw droppingly bad clips…….

  3. Helen Martin says:

    Wish the snake in this had been a little more realistic, but that dance was sosmething else. (Not saying what though.) I remember when The Acid Eaters came out. It got bad reviews even then.

  4. Wayne Mook says:

    For some reason this reminds me of the old British film Chu Chin Chow and musical retelling of Ali Baba and 40 Thieves with the poshest slave girl ever. There is musical dance number with swords that ends with all the sword dancers bringing their sword points together at the same spot which also happens to be where the luckless intruder to the cave happens to be. Musical slaying from the 30’s.

    Splendid clip Admin, personally I like the snake it gives the piece a more whimsical charm.


  5. Roger says:

    It was based on a novel by Thea von Harbou, the first Mrs Lang, who wrote all Lang’s great 1920s films. In the 1920s this would be a standard adventure; even in 1959 it was out-dated and racist. Was it Lang himself or the West German film industry who decided to revert to the 1920s as if nothing had happened in between? His last film featured Dr Mabuse again.

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