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Forbidden Jungle (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 2 March 1950 (USA)
A hunter is hired to take an expedition deep into the African jungle to search for a white boy lost in a plane crash years before, and who has been rumored to be living among the wild animals.


(as Robert Tansey)


(story), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Burton (as Don Harvey)
Trader Kirk
Alyce Lewis ...
Nita (as Alyce Louis)
Robert Cabal ...
Tamba ...
Tamba, the Chimp


Tom Burton, a great-white-hunter and safari leader, is hired to search the African jungle for a long-lost white boy now believed to be living with the wild animals. Eventually, and with many stock-footage adventures, he succeeds in his mission, but realizes it would be cruel to take the boy from the jungle that has now become his home. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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[first lines]
Tom Burton: At last I was coming to my destination. My mission was strange for me. Most of my life had been spent hunting wild animals. Suddenly I found myself hunting for a human being - a boy - a boy of the jungle. My only clue: a rumor that had traveled thousands of miles. A rumor that persisted in spite of scoffing and ridicule. But there I was, the best animal hunter from America, hunting a boy. I felt I couldn't complain - I was being paid very well. And after all, money was the only ...
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FORBIDDEN JUNGLE (Robert Emmett Tansey, 1950) *1/2
23 July 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this one when I came upon it at my local DVD rental outlet via the cheap Alpha edition; since I wasn't even familiar with any of the personnel involved, I didn't have much confidence in the film being any good – but still told myself I'd get to watch the thing someday based solely on its intriguing title and lurid poster (a gorilla carrying a scantily-clad woman)!

However, I was laughing myself silly all the way through it – starting from the very opening shot, given the incredibly obvious studio-bound look of the jungle! The film was clearly a very cheap production and one that was poorly scripted and made into the bargain: not only is it padded with relentless stock footage (most of which is irrelevant to begin with, especially the would-be comic antics of a trio of monkeys) but it's truly bottom-of-the-barrel fare on a par with the Ed Wood films, though hardly as zanily inspired. Suffice to say that it makes the classic (but often juvenile and clichéd) black-and-white Tarzan films look like works of art in comparison!

Anyway, the narrative involves a search for a mysterious jungle boy (sounds familiar?) by a rugged hunter: amusingly, he's seen countless times wiping his brow from the heat and fatigue while trekking through the jungle – even if it's the natives who do all the hard work…including carrying a caged tiger he brought over from India! Of course, some rich man from the civilized world is claiming kinship with the boy – but, as it transpires, the hunter-turned-missionary who raised him all these years is also a relation. The hunter is bewildered by what he sees – cue recurring daft monologues about how he's only in it for the money (an attitude which, needless to say, has changed by the end of the film…especially after the jungle boy has saved his life and he's had his health restored by a young girl, one of the natives at the mission!).

The last third of the 66-minute running-time, then, is taken up by scenes in which, let loose by the mischievous monkeys, the tiger is seen almost battling – so ludicrous is the blending of stock footage and pitiful 'special effects' – (yet winning, every single bout and in no time at all!) an assortment of jungle creatures i.e. panther, wildebeest, gorilla and python. The film should perhaps truly rate a BOMB – but I hadn't watched a vintage 'amateur hour' piece such as this in a dog's age that I managed to have a modicum of fun at it regardless…

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