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The Jungle Captive (1945)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 29 June 1945 (USA)
Once again, Paula Dupree, the Ape Woman, is brought back to life, this time by a mad scientist and his disfigured assistant, who also kidnaps his female lab assistant in order to have a ... See full summary »


Harold Young


Dwight V. Babcock (screenplay), Dwight V. Babcock (story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Otto Kruger ... Mr. Stendahl
Vicky Lane ... Paula Dupree - the Ape Woman
Amelita Ward ... Ann Forrester
Phil Brown ... Don Young
Jerome Cowan ... Detective W.L. Harrigan
Rondo Hatton ... Moloch the Brute
Eddie Acuff ... Bill
Ernie Adams ... Jim
Charles Wagenheim ... Fred
Eddy Chandler ... Motorcycle Cop
Jack Overman ... Detective - George


Once again, Paula Dupree, the Ape Woman, is brought back to life, this time by a mad scientist and his disfigured assistant, who also kidnaps his female lab assistant in order to have a female blood donor. By this time, Paula has brain damage from her experiences in the last film, so there's not much for her to do except wander around. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Australian actress Betty Bryant was originally cast as Ann. She fell ill as filming started and a doctor was called in by the studio. Unfortunately for Bryant, the doctor developed an unhealthy obsession with her and began stalking her at the studio and making things difficult for the production. Bryant was replaced by Amelita Ward nine days into filming (source: "Universal Horrors" by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas, and John Brunas). See more »


Even though the character is listed in the credits as "Dr. Stendahl", he was always referred to as "Mr. Stendahl" by all the other characters. See more »


[first lines]
Johnny, errand boy: Ah, my dear Ann! So glad to see you again after all these minutes. Twenty of them, at least.
Ann Forrester: *Fifty* minutes, Johnny.
Johnny, errand boy: Fifty minutes! Fifty years away from you, Ann.
Ann Forrester: You're not flattering me Johnny. Now what have you been doing?
Johnny, errand boy: Waiting for the specimen at Dr. Lees'.
Ann Forrester: I could check with Dr. Lees' office nurse, you know... but I'll let it go at that.
Johnny, errand boy: Ah, gee, thanks Ann. Dr. Lee would like to have reports quickly as possible.
Ann Forrester: I don't think we can run another test this afternoon, Johnny.
Johnny, errand boy: Well,...
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I need you! I need your blood!
30 August 2016 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***S{POILERS*** Ape woman Paula Dupree, Vicky Lane, is back for the third time in "Jungle Captive" this time as a dead body that mad scientist Mr. Stendahl, Otto Kruger, plans to bring back to life. That with the help of blood and brain matter of his unsuspecting assistant Ann Forester, Amelita Ward, who foolishly worships the very ground that the "Great Man' walks on. It's with the help of his brutish like accomplish Moloch, Rondo Hatton, Stendahl plans to use Ann without her knowledge for his insane experiment but Moloch who took a shine to her is dead set against it. Strange Beauty and the Beast like movie with Moloch changing sides in mid stream and becoming the knight in shining armor in preventing the crazed Stendahl from doing his thing in resurrecting the dead ape woman Paula Dupree at Ann's expense.

There's also Ann's boyfriend Don Young, Phil Brown,who soon finds out what Stendahl is really up to and tries to get the police in the person of Insp. H.L Harrigan, Jerome Cowan, to stop him who's attempts comes up short in his by the book approach to the case. As for "Ape Woman" Paula Depree she's brought back to life as a normal human being but totally confused-and unable to talk- in what's going on around her. This leads to her checking out in the woods with Moloch running or driving all over town trying to retrieve her.

Predictable ending with Mr. Stendahl getting everything that he has coming to him with the hulking but sensitive Moloch saving the day as well as Anna's life at the expense of his own.With both Ann and Don Young, who can't afford to buy her an engagements ring, getting married by being stopped by a traffic cop who presented them with a $5.00 free of charge wedding certificate from city hall. Break out movie for Rondo Hatton who finally was given a chance to act as well as a few decent lines in the movie but his fame didn't last that long. Hatton suffered a fatal heart attack while taking a shower in his bathroom and died less then a year, in March 1946, after the films release.

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29 June 1945 (USA) See more »

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Wild Jungle Captive See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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