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Jungle Man (1941)

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An expedition sets out to darkest Africa to find the fabled City of the Dead, and must battle thick jungle, hostile natives, wild animals and a deadly epidemic.


(as Harry Fraser)


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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Robert Hammond, aka Junga
Rev. James 'Jim' Graham
Sheila Darcy ...
Betty Graham
Vince Barnett ...
Buckthorn 'Buck' the Guide
Weldon Heyburn ...
Bruce Kellogg
Robert Carson ...
Paul Scott ...
William Graham
Hal Price ...
Capt. Aleck
Floyd Shackelford ...
Friday (as Floyd Shackelforth)


An expedition sets out to darkest Africa to find the fabled City of the Dead, and must battle thick jungle, hostile natives, wild animals and a deadly epidemic.

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Release Date:

10 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drums of Africa  »

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Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Footage of the City of the Dead appears to show Angkor Wat in Cambodia. See more »


[first lines]
Betty Graham: Oh, Dad, this is getting monotonous! Every year we do the same thing. We go to Saratoga, we go to Newport, then we come to Glencove for the yacht races.
William Graham: Well, I always win.
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Underwhelming jungle adventure
18 April 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is the third jungle adventure I have seen from director Harry Fraser. The other two were The White Gorilla and The Savage Girl. This one, Drums of Africa, is at best marginally better than those other two. Harry sure knew how to knock out shoddy product in this genre. Like the other two films, this one is full of stock footage of wild animals. Although I don't really mind this as this footage is always kind of quite good fun to watch. In fact some of the scenes with the lions and tigers were actually pretty good, especially where some guy wrestles with them. Impressive stuff. My main gripe about the movie would most probably be its rubbish story line. There's a thread about a lost city, a fatal disease and a multiple lion attack. Nothing wrong with having a few things going on, but with the exception of the lion attack, the other story elements are dealt with very half-heartedly. The lost city turns out to be, you guessed it, more stock footage; this time hilariously it's shots of Angkor Wat which is of course in Asia. It just goes to show the things that they could get away with back in the 40's. Also, on that subject, I could never quite understand why there was a tiger in the middle of the African jungle. I think they just included it because they had it. The deadly killer disease is the other plot thrust of the story. And it's this that explains the presence of Buster Crabbe's doctor character in the middle of the jungle. He's there to find an antidote and help the natives. But this too is pretty lacklustre, and it really is hard to care very much about this plot element at all.

Drums of Africa is a pretty poor jungle adventure overall. It's not completely devoid of entertainment though.

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