Johnny Weissmuller accompanies writer Ellen Martson, archery-expert Bob Prentice and trader Mark Santo to the remote Baku area in Africa, where an ancient civilizations is rumored to have once flourished. The are captured by the pygmy Moon Men who worship the blonde high priestess Oma. Johnny agrees to become her high priest if the others are freed, but they are all condemned to death when Santo is discovered trying to steal the sacred diamonds. Written by
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In an early scene, native Marro is attacked by a band of pygmies in order to drug and capture him. He's struck by a poison dart on an area of his upper chest that was covered directly by his shield. See more »
Ridiculous title, ridiculous film but still somehow entertaining
This is another Jungle adventure starring Johnny Weismuller but isn't either a Tarzan or Jungle Jim adventure. Rather confusingly he plays himself in this film. Quite why that is I don't know but essentially he is the same character in all his movies.
The plot is the usual greedy white bad guys seeking an ill gotten fortune in a jungle setting featuring some decidedly unrealistic natives. The Moon Men of the films title are dwarfs dressed up laughably unconvincingly to look like a jungle tribe. Almost certainly the least scary tribe ever committed to celluloid.
Jungle Moon Men ticks every cliché in the Tarzan book but fails miserably to compare to the superior and much earlier Weismuller/O'Sullivan Tarzan films. The support acting is also sadly lacking.
However despite it's numerous faults, I did somehow enjoy this film. Maybe it falls into the so bad it's good category, maybe it's just because I like Weismuller.
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