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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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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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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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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.

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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 Pretty Lazy Movie from Universal
13 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Jungle Woman (1944)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Dr. Carl Fletcher (J. Carrol Naish) is on trial for the murder of Paula (Acquanetta) when several people are brought into testify including Beth Mason (Evelyn Ankers). Soon we are told how Paula ended up coming to the home of Dr. Fletcher and why things spun out of control.

JUNGLE WOMAN is a sequel to CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN and is the second of the three film series. For the most part you can't help but call this one of Universal's worst films right down there with SHE WOLF OF London. Even if you don't consider it one of the worst it's hard to defend me calling it one of their laziest films.

I say lazy because a lot of this film is just flashbacks to the first movie and this just adds a very cheap feel to the picture. One has to wonder why they needed to use the flashbacks since I'm sure most people would have already seen that movie. Or, if they were going to use flashbacks, they could have used less of them to get people caught up on the story. I would also argue that the entire courtroom scenes were boring and didn't add anything to the picture.

The most shocking thing about JUNGLE WOMAN is the fact that there's not too much footage of the ape woman. Did CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN not meet the studio's box office expectations so they went cheap here? I'm really not sure but even capable actors like Naish and Ankers just come across as boring here. Milburn Stone also returns and of course there's Acquanetta who is completely wasted here.


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