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Jungle Jim (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 15 December 1948 (USA)
Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards joins the quest but is actually after gold and buried treasure.

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Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards joins the quest but is actually after gold and buried treasure. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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ROUSING SPECTACLE OF WILD ADVENTURE...ringing to the snarl of man-eaters and the death-beat of tom-toms! See more »

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Alex Raymond was the co-creator of the "Jungle Jim" newspaper strip in 1934, but King Features owned the character. There was no writer's created mention on this film. Instead, there is the following: "Based upon the newspaper feature 'Jungle Jim', owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate which appears regularly in "Puck", the Comic Weekly. See more »

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When Rick Vallin, Kolu - Chief of the Masai, falls into lion pit first shot sees one leg bent back while he is lying on ground unconscious. The next shot shows both legs extended. Last sho returns to one bent leg. See more »

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Referenced in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Ugliest American (1962) See more »

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Only For the Camp Value
15 July 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Jungle Jim was Johnny Weismuller's vehicle after he became too old to play Tarzan, and passed the mantle to younger actors. As Jungle Jim, he stays in his African milieu, dons safari clothes and has a series of numbskull adventures mostly saving ladies in distress. This is the first of the series, in which Jungle Jim helps a lady scientist discover a cure for polio (remember that Jungle Jim is made in 1948 before the discovery of the Salk vaccine). In this, it may be ahead of its time; first having a smart female character, and second, finding cures to disease in tropical plants. The villain is played by the pre-Superman George Reeves.

Where Jungle Jim is behind the times is its portrayal of Africans, in this case Masai, who look like white people, and the idiotic portrayal of wildlife. Nonetheless, it's a laugh. But if you're looking for something serious pass it by.


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