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Jungle Woman (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 1 June 1944 (USA)
Paula the ape woman (Acquanetta) is alive and well, and running around a creepy old sanitarium run by the kindly Dr. Fletcher (J. Carrol Naish), also reverting to her true gorilla form ... See full summary »

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Dr. Carl Fletcher
Samuel S. Hinds ...
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Lois Collier ...
Joan Fletcher
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Fred Mason
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Richard David ...
Bob Whitney (as Richard Davis)
Nana Bryant ...
Miss Gray - Nurse
Pierre Watkin ...
Dr. Meredith
Christian Rub ...
George - Groundsman
Alec Craig ...
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Eddie Hyans ...
Willie (as Edward M. Hyans Jr.)
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Joe - Fingerprint Man (as Richard Powers)
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Paula the ape woman (Acquanetta) is alive and well, and running around a creepy old sanitarium run by the kindly Dr. Fletcher (J. Carrol Naish), also reverting to her true gorilla form every once in a while to kill somebody. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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RAPTUROUS BEAUTY!...FURY OF A BEAST! (1944 Australian poster) See more »


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1 June 1944 (USA)  »

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A Rainha das Selvas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Contains footage of 1943's Captive Wild Woman that introduced the ape-woman. Retells that story through court proceeding flashbacks. See more »

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[first lines]
Coroner: Dr. Fletcher, as long as you have elected to take the stand at this inquest, I again urge you to give us more information regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of the deceased. You are being of no help to us by your continued silence.
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A Cobbled Misfire
17 March 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

No need to waste time on this sequel mess. Apparently, Universal needed to meet product demand for wartime audiences. So they took a hunk of 1943's Captive Wild Woman and cobbled together some surrounding footage to make something of a story. The result comes across like Val Lewton on a really bad day. The supposedly scary scenes are done in Lewtonesque shadow, but come across as more clumsily cost-cutting than artful. Too bad so many distinguished players (Hinds, Dumbrille, Naish) are wasted in what must have been an embarrassment. I just hope Ankers & Carradine got compensated for the reuse of their earlier footage. But I doubt it given studio dominance of the period. No need to go on. Suffice that this is about the nadir of human-into-animals that were so popular at the time. As Lewton knew, horror needs more than shadow; it needs concept, dread, and mood, elements in short supply here.


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