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Director:
Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay) (front for Ben Maddow) and
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Release Date:
3 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He feared only two things on earth...the MARABUNTA...Nature's deadliest force, and his fiery New Orleans bride! See more »
Plot:
The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Leiningen, A Man With Issues See more (58 total) »

Cast

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Eleanor Parker ... Joanna Leiningen

Charlton Heston ... Christopher Leiningen

Abraham Sofaer ... Incacha

William Conrad ... Commissioner
Romo Vincent ... Boat Captain

Douglas Fowley ... Medicine Man
John Dierkes ... Gruber
Leonard Strong ... Kutina
Norma Calderón ... Zala (as Norma Calderon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pilar Del Rey ... Indian Wife (uncredited)

Bernie Gozier ... Gruber's Indian (uncredited)
Jerry Groves ... Gruber's Indian (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Indian (uncredited)
John Mansfield ... Foreman (uncredited)
Ronald Alan Numkena ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Indian (uncredited)
Jack Reitzen ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Carlos Rivero ... Indian Husband (uncredited)
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Directed by
Byron Haskin 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay) front for Ben Maddow and
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)

Carl Stephenson (based on a story by)

Ben Maddow  screenplay (front Philip Yordan)

Produced by
Frank Freeman Jr. .... associate producer
George Pal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Everett Douglas 
 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Charles Gemora .... mechanical designer: ants (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loyal Griggs .... photographer: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... conductor (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Reginald Lal Singh .... technical advisor
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #16799) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 7, 1954 with Charlton Heston reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the first meeting/"confrontation" between Joanna and Christopher there comes a point in the conversation when he asks her if she is 'laughing at him.' As she turns from the dresser to face him at the very upper left corner for approx. 35 frames the moving shadow of what may well be a boom mic can easily be seen as it follows the motion.See more »
Quotes:
Joanna Leiningen:If you knew anything about music, you'd know that the best piano is one that's been played.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Bees (1998)See more »

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34 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Leiningen, A Man With Issues, 1 December 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Given the fact that this is the Fifties and the Code was coming to an end, this is still a remarkably erotic film, almost Tennessee Williams like in its treatment of sexual issues.

Charlton Heston's Christopher Leiningen could have been created by Tennessee Willlams. He came to the South American jungles as a teenager and built up a plantation out of the jungle and it took him over 15 years to do it. He now decides to get himself a wife and begat some children.

Heston says so quite frankly he has pointedly refrained from indulging any lust with the native women because in his society there'a a nasty name for whites who do so. In keeping with his Tennessee Williams like character, he's from New Orleans so his attitude to darker skinned people is understandable.

He has his brother put in an advertisement for a mail order bride and Heston can't believe his luck when the drop dead gorgeous Eleanor Parker shows up on his door. She's not what you would picture a mail order bride to be. But then marital problems arise when he discovers she's a widow, used goods as the common phrase was back in the day.

Parker has a few of her own issues and that and Heston's inexperience in these matters lead to a rocky start and almost an ending. But then come the ants.

As District Commissioner William Conrad says, every generation or two something puts ants in the ants pants and up they come out of their ant hills and go on the march destroying every scrap of life before them. And man has found no way to stop them.

The ants kind of make everyone come together in a crisis. What they do is some of the most frightening stuff ever put on film.

If The Naked Jungle were made today it would be far more explicit about all the sexual problems than this version was. There might be better special effects. But you won't get better players than you will in Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker as leads.

Unless they resurrected Tennessee Williams to write the screenplay.

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