Cult of the Cobra

1955

While stationed in Asia, six American G.I.'s witness the secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). When discovered by the cult, the High Lamian Priest vows that "the Cobra Goddess will avenge herself". Once back in the United States, a mysterious woman enters into their lives and accidents begin to happen. The shadow of a cobra is seen just before each death.

Cast:

Faith Domergue .... Lisa Moyer
Marshall Thompson .... Tom Markel
Richard Long .... Paul Abel
Kathleen Hughes .... Julia Thompson
William Reynolds .... Pete Norton
Jack Kelly .... Carl Turner
David Janssen .... Rico Nardi
James Dobson .... Cpl. Nick Hommel
Leonard Strong .... Daru

 

Faith Domergue

Brunette beauty Faith Domergue was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on 16 June 25. When six weeks old, she's adopted by Annabelle Quimet and Leo Domergue. Her foster parents will never tell her she's adopted. In the early 30s she goes to California with her parents. At age 15, when she was still in high school, Domergue was put under contract by Warner Brothers but after Howard Hughes saw the beautiful budding actress, he bought Domergue's contract from Jack Warner for $50,000 and her representation pact from the Zeppo Marx Agency. He began romancing her, although she was 16 and he 20 years her senior. After she completed her studies and graduated from high school, she began training as an actress. In 1947, she married Hugo Fregonese, a director of Italian descent who was born in Argentina. Faith Domergue's first major film role came in Vendetta. Production of the film actually began in 1947, although the film wasn't released until 1950 due to a series of production mishaps, hirings, and firings. Her experience filming Vendetta proved so horrendous that Domergue was no longer eager to pursue an acting career. She left the U.S. with Fregonese after shooting wrapped on the picture. Following the birth of her daughter, Domergue returned to the US in 1950 and resumed her career. She once again signed with Howard Hughes and went to work on the RKO film Where Danger Lives. Neither Vendetta nor Where Danger Lives were box-office successes, and eventually Faith Domergue asked Hughes to end her contract. In 1952, Domergue signed a two-picture-per-year deal with Universal-International where, after years of promise, she was finally showcased in a number of memorable films. Her first picture at Universal was The Duel at Silver Creek (1952). During filming of Cult of the Cobra, Faith Domergue's marriage to Hugo Fregonese unraveled, and the couple divorced. Whereas Domergue had once been free to put her career on hold for periods of time, as a single mother with two children to support she threw herself into acting, making seven films and starring in a TV series between 1955 and 1957. Into the 1960s, Faith Domergue's films became more sporadic, although she did appear often on popular television programs of the day; see the filmography section for more information. After her 1966 marriage to agent Paola Cossa, Domergue began to cool her acting career. In 1972 she publishes "My Life with Howard Hughes". Her last film was the 1974 horror flick The House of Seven Corpses. Sadly, after a bout with cancer Faith Domergue passed away in 1999 at age 74.

Kathleen Hughes

Born Elisabeth Margaret / Betty von Gerkan) on 14 November 28 born in Hollywood, California. Her uncle is famous playwright F. Hugh Herbert. Kathleen Hughes was recruited right out of UCLA to be a seven-year contract actress at 20th Century-Fox earning $4,000 the first year. After several years of thankless bits, Kathleen signed at Universal, where she flourished in supporting parts as seductresses and mystery women. The actress was right in her element in The Glass Web (1953), in which she is murdered by jealous TV writer Edward G. Robinson, who then fashions a script based on the crime! Kathleen Hughes retired upon her marriage to producer Stanley Rubin, making a brief comeback in 1967's The President's Analyst. Her later work never made it on film, although she had scenes in "Ironweed", "Revenge" and "The Couch Trip" they were all cut out before their releases. Earlier in her career she also lost out on a starlet role in "A Ticket to Tomahawk" to none other than Marilyn Monroe.

Measurements: 38-24 ½-36 ½ (measured in 1953), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)