Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards joins the quest but is actually after gold and buried treasure.Written by
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Alex Raymond was the co-creator of the "Jungle Jim" newspaper strip in 1934, but King Features owned the character. There was no writer's created mention on this film. Instead, there is the following: "Based upon the newspaper feature 'Jungle Jim', owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate which appears regularly in "Puck", the Comic Weekly. See more »
Half way through the safari, Jungle Jim's hat changes from a common fedora hat to a more appropriate jungle-type hat with a white puggaree. See more »
There's something comical about seeing Johnny Weissmuller have to stop and take his boots off before he jumps into the water. But that's exactly what happens in this movie because Johnny trades in his loincloth for a safari suit and begins a whole new jungle-themed series at Columbia. Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan series were fun, exciting adventure stories. Jungle Jim tries to be the same by cramming in as many random animal attacks as possible, but it just never works. There's something unenthusiastic about it all. A lot of it has to do with Weissmuller's performance. He's so stiff and wooden. There's more dialogue for him in this movie than in most of the Tarzan movies. So his weaknesses as an actor really shine through. Often he delivers lines like he is reading them instead of reciting them. I did enjoy George Reeves and Virginia Grey, however.
I really wanted to like this as I'm a big fan of the Tarzan movies. But it just seems like a poor imitation of those. Despite the short running time it's a slow movie. It's watchable, especially for fans of Weissmuller, but just barely.
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