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Female Jungle (1956)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  16 June 1956 (USA)
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A blonde actress is murdered across from a bar. An off-duty cop has been getting pleasantly sloshed, but becomes worried about his innocence when he finds out he was seen leaving the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Det. Sgt. Jack Stevens
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Claude Almstead
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Burt Kaiser ...
Alex Voe
Kathleen Crowley ...
Peggy Voe
James Kodl ...
Joe
Duane Grey ...
Sgt. Duane (as Rex Thorsen)
Cornelius Keefe ...
Capt. Kroger (as Jack Hill)
Bruce Carlisle ...
Chuck
Connie Cezon ...
Connie
Davis Roberts ...
George (as Robert Davis)
Gordon Urquhart ...
Larry Jackson
Alan Jay Factor ...
Doctor Urquhart (as Alan Frost)
Bill Layne ...
Heckler
Bruno VeSota ...
Frank (as Bruno Ve Sota)
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A blonde actress is murdered across from a bar. An off-duty cop has been getting pleasantly sloshed, but becomes worried about his innocence when he finds out he was seen leaving the establishment with a blonde, but doesn't remember. As he investigates, he interviews a columnist who was going with the actress, a caricaturist who drew the victim, the caricaturist's wife who works at the bar, and the caricaturist's lover, and slowly begins to put the pieces of the deadly puzzle together. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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It was released as the second half of a double bill with The Oklahoma Woman (1956). The release was profitable for the studio. See more »

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Alex Voe: You're lying - just like the phony paint on yer face!
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A variation of Laura plus... schizophrenia?
23 December 2004 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Having seen this movie recently for the first time I found it surprisingly arty. The classification cheap indie doesn't do the picture justice. The photography in sharp black and white – well, far more black than white -, the quirky camera angles and the editing are almost as good as in more famous film noirs of that period like, for example, Kiss Me Deadly.

The story has a really uneasy feel to it. I am not sure if all that surrealism is intentional or mainly caused by a low budget, I just know that is is damn effective. The action unfolds in one dark night and feels like a claustrophobic nightmare. There are several similarities to Otto Preminger's Laura, the ever effective John Carradine is cast as a rich, arrogant art critic in the line of Waldo Lydecker. And he delivers all right. But who is Laura? There are three different women who occasionally pop up, dead or alive, in photographs on billboards, in sketches or framed paintings. They are not real but rather like figments in a man's imagination. Maybe they are the same woman altogether? Very confusing. And who is the man who imagines those women? Is it the caricaturist who thinks he is a failure as an artist? Or the alcoholic policeman? I could not help assuming that they were one and the same person, too. Just think of David Lynch's Lost Highway! It is not really clear, what is going on in this picture. People do strange things. Sneaking up to an apartment at 3 a.m. asking urgently, hysterically for a caricature, entering another apartment at 3.30 a.m., having a discussion with a woman in her bedroom while in the background the woman's husband tosses uncomfortably, desperately trying to sleep, entering a third apartment at 3.45 a.m. putting a head on the bosom of Jayne Mansfield who's reclining there - without any explanation. The police detectives refuse to take people to the precinct and want to conduct the investigation into a murder in a sleazy bar near where it happened. These strange scenes are not cheap - they work in a way that you start feeling slightly feverish.

The set design is very good. Several fifties interiors and gadgets are nicely displayed. I admire all those movies in which great effect is created with little means. One reason why I like film noir where this tendency at times results in real art.


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