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
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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 »
The film is set in Africa, but in one scene an orangutan is shown climbing a tree. Orangutans are not found in Africa, only in Malaysia. See more »
Reeves is the best thing in this Jungle Jim Inaugural
The Jungle Jim series got off to a mediocre start in this not well constructed B film. The best thing about Jungle Jim is the casting of George Reeves as the villain.
Johnny Weissmuller who was getting too old and a bit too broad in the gut to be Tarzan any more was cast as the famous Jungle Jim, guide to those who need to go jungle exploring. In this case it's scientist Virginia Grey who is looking for more of the gummy substance that Weissmuller found on a dead native. It might contain the answer for the cure to infantile paralysis. That was a big topic back then as we recently had president with that disease.
As bearers Weissmuller gets them from the tribe that Rick Vallin is chief of. Vallin accompanies the safari along with his sister Lita Baron who fills a native dress out quite well. Something for the dad's to enjoy taking the kids to the Saturday matinée that played Jungle Jim.
Halfway through the film Reeves pops up in the jungle and says that Grey had hired him as an expedition photographer. She also took her terrier dog along. Strange accidents keep happening and it is so obvious that Reeves is the fly in the ointment. Why Weissmuller didn't deal with him abruptly God only knows.
I have to say Reeves plays his villainy with a certain amount of George Sanders like cad. He knew what he was in and he made sure he stood out.
In the end one wonders whether Grey's work led to the polio vaccine that Jonas Salk created in real life. Some how I doubt it.
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