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Mystery of the Black Jungle (1954)

I misteri della giungla nera (original title)
A group of religious fanatics in India, the Tughs, prey upon Europeans and natives alike, capturing and offering them up in sacrifice to their frightful goddess, Kali. The Governor of the ... See full summary »

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Emilio Salgari (novel) (as Salgari), Gian Paolo Callegari (screenplay) (as G.P. Callegari) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Tremal-Naik
Fiorella Mari Fiorella Mari ... Ada McPherson (as Jane Maxwell)
Paul Muller ... Suyodhana
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Captain MacPherson
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Kammamuri
Enzo Fiermonte ... Sergeant Claridge
Raf Pindi Raf Pindi ... Major Kennedy
Carla Calò Carla Calò ... Sulima
Pamela Palma Pamela Palma ... Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Archetti Alberto Archetti ... Lieutenent Perty
Jack Rex Jack Rex ... Aghur
Sacha Sacha ... Darma, the Tiger
Pino Serpi Pino Serpi
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A group of religious fanatics in India, the Tughs, prey upon Europeans and natives alike, capturing and offering them up in sacrifice to their frightful goddess, Kali. The Governor of the Province sends Tremal Naik, a famous Indian hunter,on an expedition to end the savagery. He is accompanied by Major Kennedy and Major Maffertis, the latter with a personal reason for wanting to destroy the Tughs and their sinister leader, Siodana. Maffertis, once stationed in the district with his family, is certain that his small daughter was a victim of the cult, but he has no proof and has not heard anything of her since her disappearance years ago. Tremal also has his own troupe made up of his faithful companions Kammamuri, Aghur and Urti, and his famed tiger Darma. Later, Tremal sees and falls in love with the white girl the Tughs hold captive, but she begs him to forget her and warns him of the danger to both of them if he tries to penetrate the mystery surrounding the large banyan tree where ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 February 1954 (Italy) See more »

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Mystery of the Jungle See more »

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Venturini Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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slow-moving jungle melodrama w/Lex Barker
4 July 2003 | by django-1See all my reviews

Perhaps the original color, Italian-language version of this film is superior to the black&white, English-dubbed version released in the USA by Medallion Pictures that I'm reviewing. I hope so. THIS version, which clearly was shot in color and then developed in black and white,looks flat and has poor contrast. And there is intrusive narration telling us the plot throughout. I don't know if this was in the original, or was added to keep the amount of dubbing down, with scenes of Italian expository dialogue simply cut out of this version and never dubbed. What dubbing there is seems minimal and flat, as many early 50s films seem to be. Lex Barker looks handsome throughout, although with the turban he's wearing, only his face visible through much of the film. What a change from a few years earlier when he was Tarzan and nearly naked through an entire film! All in all, the film is not very interesting. As I said above, perhaps in color on a big screen the location photography would be impressive, and perhaps in the original language the film would play more dramatically, but this b&w English-language version is only recommended to the most devout of Lex Barker's fans. Almost any Barker European film is better than this.


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