Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 19

Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy (6 Feb. 1965)

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The castaways try to teach a jungle boy found on the island to speak enough English so that he can take a hot-air balloon to Hawaii to rescue them.

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The castaways try to teach a jungle boy found on the island to speak enough English so that he can take a hot-air balloon to Hawaii to rescue them.

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The wires suspending his cap and coconut shell over the hole emitting Helium are visible, as are the suspension wires holding Gilligan during the sequence when he traps himself in the homemade balloon envelope and "floats" around inside. See more »

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Escape from Gilligan's Island
29 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

While trying to enjoy his freshly picked banana, Gilligan runs into a Jungle Boy (Kurt Russell). Gilligan tries to tell the other castaways to no avail until they see the boy for themselves. In addition to discovering the boy, they also discover a natural deposit of helium and construct a balloon out of raincoats to float to civilization.

Will our castaways get rescued this time? Well...since it's only the first season of the show...

This is one of the most recognizable episodes of the series, in large part due to Kurt Russell who went on to enjoy a career far more prominent than the seven castaways he left behind. Kurt's performance is natural and takes advantage of his athleticism, even though the tougher stunts were clearly done by an adult.

Highlights include Gilligan and the Jungle Boy swinging on the vines, Mr. Howell "turning on the charm" to entice the Jungle Boy to come over, the ladies of Gilligan's Island trying to teach the boy to speak and manners, and Gilligan floating inside and outside the balloon.

Overall, this is still a very entertaining episode that features a young actor on his way up. In a way, it's actually kinda neat that there is absolutely no explanation given about how the boy got there, which makes the episode even more interesting. Featuring some funny scenes, this is one of the better episodes of the season.

  • The stock footage of the island used at the beginning of the episode


as the writer/director credits are running is somewhat different than what we've seen before and appears to be from Hawaii. I would think if Gilligan's Island had that kind of mountainous land, a ship or plane would have spotted it easy... :)

  • Funny that the Professor should sound so confident about there being


no one else on the island considering how long it took them to discover Wrongway Feldman.

  • The tree that Gilligan found the Jungle Boy in sure looks like the


same tree that the Japanese sailor used in "So Sorry, My Island Now".

  • A rather obvious question is where did the boy get his


loincloth...but I suppose for network TV he had to wear something. Of course, it's interesting that they found clothes that fit him well, also.

  • They certainly get a lot out of the bicycle power system which runs a


fan, washing machine and sewing machine.

  • Admittedly, this may sound a little crude, but if Mary Ann's shorts


were any shorter, you could prep her for surgery. :)

  • When Gilligan hops back to the huts, the Skipper says, "Alright Frank


Buck, stand up straight." Frank Buck was a famous hunter, writer, producer and even starred in many of his hunting-oriented films.

  • In the scenes where the Skipper, Mr. Howell and the Professor are


shown the helium by Gilligan and when the balloon is first revealed, it's pretty clear that they used the earlier footage of the Jungle Boy and cut that into the scene. That's probably because Kurt was 13 or so, meaning he could only work a limited time.

  • So, the seams of the balloon are made airtight thanks to a glue made


from tree sap...gee, how did that work out for them before in "Goodbye Island" when they used it on the Minnow?

  • It seems rather weird that the castaways would even be discussing


sending the Jungle Boy up in the balloon in the first place. Putting aside his age for the moment, he can't speak any English other than, "Boy Boy, Girl Girl, No No".


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