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Release Date:
23 June 1939 (USA) See more »
CRASH LANDING in the HEADHUNTER'S JUNGLE! (original print ad) See more »
Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chester Morris ... Bill

Lucille Ball ... Peggy Nolan
Wendy Barrie ... Alice Melbourne

John Carradine ... Mr. Crimp

Allen Jenkins ... Peter 'Pete'

Joseph Calleia ... Vasquez

C. Aubrey Smith ... Professor Henry Spengler
Kent Taylor ... Joe Brooks, the Co-Pilot

Patric Knowles ... Judson Ellis
Elisabeth Risdon ... Martha Spengler
Casey Johnson ... Tommy Mulvaney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro de Cordoba ... Latin Ambassador (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Photographer (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Airport Worker (uncredited)
Dick Hogan ... Lawrence 'Larry', the Steward (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Police Captain (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Airlines Official (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Flower Lady (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Michael 'Mike' Mulvaney, Tommy's Father (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Page with Package (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
Writing credits
Jerome Cady (screenplay) and
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) and
Nathanael West (screenplay)

Richard Carroll (original story)

Produced by
Robert Sisk .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert S. D'Agostino .... associate art director (as Albert D'Agostino)
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recording director
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Bud Geary .... stunt double (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Douglas Travers .... montage
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lee S. Marcus .... production executive (as Lee Marcus)
Crew verified as complete

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5284)

Did You Know?

Budgeted at a mere $225,000, which was extremely low even by RKO standards, this picture netted a relatively amazing $262,000 in profits.See more »
Miscellaneous: Aboard the plane, Professor Spengler tells Crimp that he seems to be a "maniac depressive", when what he obviously means is "manic depressive".See more »
Vasquez:Hanging is such an unpleasant death. Besides, a hanged man always dies alone. I much prefer dying in the company of decent citizens like you... always provided I'm the last to die.See more »
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Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »


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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Suspense In The Jungle, 19 January 2000
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A small plane, flying over the untracked reaches of the Amazon, crash lands into the jungle. Twelve people are on board - eleven survive. Even if the plane can take-off again, which is far from certain, there is only fuel enough to carry five to safety. Who will leave and who will stay to face certain death from the watching headhunters? Who would you choose?

Thus the premise of this fine little adventure thriller, in which we get to know the eleven very well. Some will rise to nobility & self-sacrifice, others will sink to cruel cowardice.

In the cast: Lucille Ball, Chester Morris, Wendy Barrie, Patric Knowles, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, Joseph Calleia & Sir C. Aubrey Smith.

Time grows short. The tension mounts. Who will survive?

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