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Savage Splendor

Savage Splendor(1949)

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Although this film was released in 35mm Technicolor, blown-up from 16mm Kodachrome, the viewed print was black-and-white. The onscreen credits erroneously list music director C. Bakaleinikoff's first initial as "E." Opening credits note that the film was made in the course of the Armand Denis-Lewis Cotlow African expedition. According to a April 4, 1951 Hollywood Reporter article, Armand Denis sued Lewis Cotlow, R. J. Reynolds and the NY Daily News over Camel cigarette ads that depicted Cotlow as the hero of Savage Splendor. Denis charged that Cotlow was in the United States during the time that the episodes excerpted for the ads were filmed. The disposition of that lawsuit is not known. According to modern sources, Savage Splendor was RKO's most profitable release of 1949, earning $250,000 at the box office.