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The Human Jungle (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 3 October 1954 (USA)
Danforth is assigned to take over the police department in a section of a large city saddled with juvenile delinquency, petty crimes, graft and also a recent unsolved murder of a ... See full summary »

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Police Capt. John Danforth
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Det. Bob Geddes
Lamont Johnson ...
Det. Lannigan
Patrick Waltz ...
Det. Strauss (as Pat Waltz)
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Earl Swados
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Pat Danforth
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Police Chief Abe Rowan
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Det. O'Neill
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Greenie
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Police Capt. Marty Harrison
Florenz Ames ...
Leonard Ustick
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George Mandy
Booth Colman ...
Wallace
Henry Kulky ...
Matty
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Danforth is assigned to take over the police department in a section of a large city saddled with juvenile delinquency, petty crimes, graft and also a recent unsolved murder of a strip-tease dancer. Recognizing the laxity of the department he implements many changes and soon finds himself under fire by the newspapers, the attorney of a racket leader and the denizens of this human jungle. He calls this a cop's war that is the same as a soldier's war with the difference being that people hate cops. His cause isn't helped when a rookie policeman accidentally kills an innocent bystander. And he has to protect police informer Mary Abbott from Swados, a killer in the hire of the man behind the petty mobsters. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It Ain't Gonna Be You
Written by Max Rich
Sung by Jan Sterling
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Routine thriller with an interesting cast.
4 October 2007 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

The Human Jungle is a fairly mediocre crime thriller that combines police procedural with noir to limited effect. Clearly made on the cheap (by Allied Artists, the 'high-budget' arm of the – by-then defunct – Poverty Row studio, Monogram) the film is populated with a number of actors who were either never more than second-string or were still in the early stages of their careers. Gary Merrill was as famous for being the toy-boy squeeze of Bette Davis as he was for his acting skills, and in this one he wears a permanent scowl and is nearly always angry – presumably to show the righteousness of his crusade; Lamont Johnson as the police department's hot-head never really cut it as an actor and would find more success as a director. He's OK here, and certainly had the looks to go further, but his character seems to have been inserted for no reason other than to flesh out a short running time. Claude Akins and Chuck Connors, both in the early years of their careers, also appear as a pair of tough guys. Highlight of the film, though, is Jan Sterling as a brassy bottle-blonde, callously used by the cops as bait to catch the villains. In fact, the cast is by far the most interesting thing about this ordinary b-movie.


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