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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 »

Director:

Harold Young

Writers:

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

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 Charles Wagenheim ... Fred
Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler ... Motorcycle Cop
Jack Overman ... Detective - George
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Jungle Captive See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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[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.
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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, ...
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THE JUNGLE CAPTIVE (Harold Young, 1945) **
5 October 2011 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Third and last entry in the series, deemed the worst (rated BOMB in the "Leonard Maltin Film Guide") but actually slightly superior to its predecessor due, for one thing, to its having a proper plot line (rather than a rehashed one) and the fact that the mad scientist (even if he is stubbornly referred to as "Mr." Stendhal throughout!) this time around is just that. Indeed, here too, the mainstay (apart, that is, from the standard 'house style' for this type of fare) is Otto Kruger's central performance (the Ape Woman herself, now played by Vicki Lane instead of Acquanetta and reverting once more to being a mute, is certainly not the protagonist in this case!).

Kruger is involved in the revivification of small animals but is keen to progress on to larger ones – with his ultimate goal, of course, being Man himself; since the title creature (a convenient and somewhat lazy amalgam of the earlier 'episodes' in the franchise) is a hybrid, he knows he will be almost there if he manages to resuscitate her. The problem is that, once she has assumed human form yet again (having made imposing henchman Rondo Hatton steal the necessary files from the home of the doctor played by J. Carroll Naish in JUNGLE WOMAN {1944}, the process having actually been laid down by John Carradine in CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN {1943} – neither of these actors, however, put in 'unofficial' appearance and, thankfully, we are also spared the circus stock footage that made-up a sizable amount of the earlier films' running-time), it is discovered that she has suffered brain damage and he plans to replace it with that of his own female aide. Why the doctor, certainly among the coldest of his ilk, does not simply abduct another girl, when he would invariably have benefited from the heroine's presence by his side rather than as a laboratory subject, is anybody's guess…but, then, the latter is vehemently against her superior's intention to play God so, in this way, he would be removing the threat to his Great Experiment, were it not for the fact that, through Hatton's sloppiness, the Police – in the guise of a bemused Jerome Cowan – are already on his trail, and so is the girl's fiancé, yet another assistant!

The busy finale has hero and heroine taking advantage of the Ape Woman's disappearance to escape Kruger and Hatton's clutches, only for the three to be recaptured after a short while in one fell swoop. Needless to say, however, the villain is not allowed to go through with the operation as Hatton, enamored of the leading lady (which Kruger puts down by referring to his "hardly Casanova" looks, the actor having been stricken with the deforming affliction acromegaly, and to add salt to the wound suggests that the Jungle Captive is "more in your line"!), turns on Stendhal at the instigation of the girl's boyfriend. The doctor shoots his thug dead, Lane metamorphoses into monster and cuts free of her straps and, just as she is about to incongruously attack her 'donor', Cowan appears on the premises to intervene. For the record, director Young, who had the classic swashbuckler THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1934), an Alexander Korda production, on his resume' was now reduced, for whatever reason, to helming the lowliest of Universal Horrors – though, to be fair, he sure made an entertaining job of it!


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