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Director:
Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay) (front for Ben Maddow) and
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) ...
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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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User Reviews:
The ants were cool! See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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:
While preparing to shoot the sequence where Leiningen pours oil on himself to repel the ants, Charlton Heston was told that oil would ruin his wardrobe so syrup would be used instead. Heston spent a miserable day on location as the "oil" attracted every insect for miles.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:Everything I say seems to make things worse. I'm trying not to irritate you.
Christopher Leiningen:I've noticed that. I find it irritating.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Runaway: A Road Adventure (2002) (VG)See more »

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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The ants were cool!, 3 November 2001

THE NAKED JUNGLE is based on Carl Stephenson's story "Leiningen Vs The Ants." There was at least one excellent radio adaptation in which William Conrad (who has a supporting role in this film) played Leiningen. The first half of this screen adaptation is pretty ordinary, centering around the romantic problems of Heston and his mail order bride Ms. Parker. When the ants arrive, this film really takes off. One scene where the ants devour a drunk down to his bones must of looked pretty shocking in 1954.

This film was reviewed in a 1954 issue of The American Museum of Natural History magazine, where the reviewer, an entomologist, stated that while single ant colonies do migrate, and can wreck havoc, migrations of multiple colonies, as in this film, do not occur in real life. Phew! Thats good to know!

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