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Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (1952)

Passed | | Sci-Fi, Adventure | 17 March 1952 (USA)
Jungle Jim is forced to lead anthropologist Dr. Edwards into a land inhabited by giant people.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Linda Roberts
Commissioner Kingston
William Tannen ...
'Doc' Edwards
George Eldredge ...
Fred Lewis
Frederic Berest ...
Tamba ...


Jungle Jim battles evil ivory poachers, mutant giants, stock footage, and cheap sets with the help of a pretty anthropologist and his cute chimp Tamba. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

17 March 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Forbidden Land  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although the character creator is not mentioned, the opening credits state that the story is «based on the newspaper feature Jungle Jim owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate». See more »


Follows Mark of the Gorilla (1950) See more »

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14 November 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, Johnny Weissmuller starred in a series of excellent Tarzan films for MGM. However, by the late 40s, Weissmuller's handsome good looks were giving way to middle age and MGM tired of the films. So, Weissmuller went looking for work and was hired to essentially play Tarzan in some very low-budget films. But, since they didn't own rights to Tarzan, the films were marketed as Jungle Jim films--Jim being a comic character which was much cheaper to license! Plus, Jim isn't exactly a jungle savage-- allowing the now paunchy Weissmuller to wear more clothes. While I love Weissmuller's Tarzan flicks, the Jungle Jim ones are not especially good...but at least they helped the aging actor to pay the bills.

Here in "Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land", our hero is approached by a sexy scientist to go to some legendary land where there are giants. Jim knows better and refuses--especially since it involves ivory. But then he eventually is forced to go on this expedition-- one where you'll see all sorts of stock footage and crappy 'creatures'. One of my favorite is just before he agrees to go--- when Jim struggles with a vicious hippo--a hippo that clearly is rubber AND while he's supposed to be under water, Weissmuller clearly isn't and footage of water is superimposed over the scene! Talk about crappy!! There's also a wolfman sort of guy! Why? Who knows?! And then there's the Indian elephants (in Africa) with tusks taped onto it (you can see them wiggling about). The bottom line is that if you like crappy jungle films, then you will like this one. If you think it in any way approaches the quality of the classic Tarzan films, then are you in for a rude awakening! Rather awful overall...and a bit dull.

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