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The wife of a famous anthropologist is rushed to hospital in labor. At the same time, druggies raid the hospital looking for drugs, causing the baby to be stillborn. While recovering from ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jenny Neumann ...
Susan Jamison
Paul Cory
Walt Robin ...
Stuart Lancaster ...
Mark Rhudy ...
Marius Mazmanian ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Near Woman
First Cop
Angela De Joseph ...
Bantu Maiden
Blayne Dennis ...
Second Cop
Near Man
Dennis Gable ...
Near Man
Dale Kalberg ...
Sandra Kaye ...
Bantu Maiden


The wife of a famous anthropologist is rushed to hospital in labor. At the same time, druggies raid the hospital looking for drugs, causing the baby to be stillborn. While recovering from the trauma, she learns that her husband has disappeared in Africa. She launches an expedition to find him, and discovers a bizarre world of sexy jungle women! Written by Fryingham

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She found fulfillment in the jungle...With the ape that walked like a man!




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10 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Ape Lady
Music and Lyrics Doug James and Tray Christopher
Sung by Billy Hocher
© MCMLXXIX Sumac Music, Inc., New York
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"The wings of a dove has claws, after all"
17 March 2003 | by (Godzilla Manor) – See all my reviews

Okay, forget Ed Wood, Jess Franco or even Al Adamson. If you are interested in investigating quirky filmmakers, try Larry Buchanan. Perhaps best known for Mars Needs Women, The Naked Witch and TV re-makes of AIP drive-in classics, Buchanan was responsible for this quickly and cannily lensed piece of exploitation shot in Malibu State Park and "dressed" as Africa. Of main interest to fanboys is the presence of the exaulted Barbara Leigh as the wife of an unscrupulous profiteer. A knowing finger on the pause/slow advance button on the remote about 45 minutes into the movie will prove why she is so venerated.

The story is not really worth detailing; just the elements that are intriguing or shocking: Stuart Lancaster plays his usual lecherous self, Barbara Leigh gets raped not once, but twice (and quite unnervingly, too), the young bride breast-feeds a "near man" baby, and the recurring "Ape Woman/Ape Love" song that completely undermines any serious consideration of the subject matter. I mean, this is BAD 70s white-boy funk. Finally, the miscogenation of the lead actress with one of the "near men" is enough to raise some eyebrows.

The dialog--as is usual for a Buchanan opus--is priceless and quoteable. To detail these joys would be gilding the lily of audience investigation...

My source is an OOP video from Pan-Canadian (cover by Boris Vallejo!)

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