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Perils of the Jungle -- Hunter tracks down lions on the Congo jungle.
Perils of the Jungle -- This good old fashioned "B" jungle thriller has famed African hunter Beatty tracking down Nubian lions in the Congo jungle. Plenty of hair-raising back-bush excitement. 16mm.


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20 March 1953 (USA) See more »
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Clyde Beatty ... Clyde Beatty
Stanley Farrar ... Grant

Phyllis Coates ... Jo Carter

John Doucette ... Gorman
Leonard Mudie ... Grubbs
Joel Fluellen ... Kenny
Roy Glenn ... Korjah (as Roy E. Glenn)
Olaf Hytten ... Mac
Tudor Owen ... Commissioner
Shelby Bacon ... Boy King

Directed by
George Blair 
Writing credits
Frank Hart Taussig (story and screenplay) (as Frank Taussig) &
Robert T. Smith (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Bill Heath .... associate producer
Walter White Jr. .... producer
Cinematography by
E.J. Nicholson 
Film Editing by
Robert B. Warwick Jr.  (as Robert Warwick Jr.)
Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
Production Management
Ed Woodworth .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles L. Smith .... assistant director (as Charles Smith)
Music Department
Gordon Zahler .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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63 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Cheap and forgettable., 9 March 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a surprisingly bad film. Now this is NOT because there were a lot of watchable jungle movies made from the 1930s-1950s. No--most of them were terrible. But, because this one starred the very famous African explorer, circus owner and lion tamer, Clyde Beatty, I expected a bit more--such as realism. But, once again, like all the second-rate Tarzan ripoffs of the era, the animals were occasionally from different continents (Africa and Asia) and the gorilla was yet another guy dressed up in a cheap gorilla costume. I just thought I'd see better than this.

As for the story, it's a bit odd. Instead of a normal narrative, it is told as a flashback--and a rather sketchy and episodic one at that. It seemed like they cut scenes from several different movies to make up this one--and perhaps they did. The first story is about a female big-game dealer (Phyllis Coates--of "Superman" fame). The second, in a carryover from the first, is about an evil big-game dealer. And, the third segment is about an evil white guy who controls a tribe of savages. None of the stories are very good and it's all set in the dense jungles of Africa--which, for the most part, are only in the movies as lions and the like do NOT live in such environments but in the savannas. Once again, this is a mythical representation of Africa and despite Beatty's presence, it seems little like the real thing. Which makes you wonder if either Beatty didn't care or perhaps he wasn't quite the awesome explorer he portrayed himself as being during his interesting life. Overall, pretty dull and forgettable.

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