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 »
Having noticeably outgrown his "Tarzan" loincloth, jungle savvy Johnny Weissmuller (as Jungle Jim) dresses up for a new African adventure series. The plots and locations all seem old, however. We begin with Mr. Weissmuller failing to save a native from leopard attack. The man passes a golden vial to Weissmuller, which leads to an ancient temple. Joining the expedition are attractive lady doctor Virginia Grey (as Hilary Parker) and beautifully-figured local Lita Baron (as Zia)...
Wanting a piece of the action, snoopy photographer George Reeves (as Bruce Edwards) follows. This was before Mr. Reeves become TV's "Superman" so you may be tempted to tune in for a pseudo-Superman/Tarzan team-up, but don't. In one of the film's better scenes, one tries to toss the other over a cliff. Weissmuller may be heavy, but he can still swim and battle a crocodile. Despite the low-budget quality and star's lackluster acting, the "Jungle Jim" series enjoyed a long run.
**** Jungle Jim (12/15/48) William Berke ~ Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey, George Reeves, Lita Baron
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