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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 »


(as Reginald LeBorg)


(story), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
Dr. Carl Fletcher
Joan Fletcher
Fred Mason
District Attorney
Richard David ...
Bob Whitney (as Richard Davis)
Miss Gray - Nurse
Dr. Meredith
George - Groundsman
Alec Craig ...
Eddie Hyans ...
Willie (as Edward M. Hyans Jr.)
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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SUITABLE ONLY FOR ADULTS (1944 Australian poster) See more »


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Release Date:

1 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rainha das Selvas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


In one scene, Dr. Fletcher's daughter, Joan (Lois Collier) is sitting alone in the driver's seat of her fiance's car talking to Paula Dupree.

The scene was shot from the front, and it's obvious that there is no glass on her side of the split windshield. See more »


[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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Jungle Woman (1944) **
20 October 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Sequel to CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN is often said to be one of Universal's worst horror films, and with some good reason. For one thing the first 15 or 20 minutes agonizingly drone on and on with flashback sequences from the first movie, and has to be seen to be believed (it actually feels like you're watching 3 different films at times). Acquanetta returns as Paula the Ape Woman and it's hilarious to watch her terrible acting performance, especially the robotic way in which she delivers her lines! At least the original had her mute throughout; this one gives her a lot of dialogue she can't handle. Along with the unintended laughs to make things survivable, at least this one features the competent J. Carrol Naish as the latest scientist trying to experiment with Paula, and to its very slight credit director Reginald LeBorg directs a couple of scenes in a Val Lewtonesque manner (such as Paula's creepy attack on a row boat and her eerily stalking her victim through the woods). I've never understood why these films didn't take more advantage of using more of their Ape Woman woman in full makeup to keep things more lively. ** out of ****

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