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Female Jungle (1956)

Several persons, including an off duty policeman and a weird rich guy, are suspects in the murder of a beautiful actress.

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Bruno VeSota (as Bruno Ve Sota)

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Burt Kaiser (screenplay), Bruno VeSota (screenplay) (as Bruno Ve Sota) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Tierney ... Det. Sgt. Jack Stevens
John Carradine ... Claude Almstead
Jayne Mansfield ... Candy Price
Burt Kaiser Burt Kaiser ... Alex Voe
Kathleen Crowley ... Peggy Voe
James Kodl James Kodl ... Joe
Duane Grey ... Sgt. Duane (as Rex Thorsen)
Cornelius Keefe ... Capt. Kroger (as Jack Hill)
Bruce Carlisle Bruce Carlisle ... Chuck
Connie Cezon Connie Cezon ... Connie
Davis Roberts ... George (as Robert Davis)
Gordon Urquhart Gordon Urquhart ... Larry Jackson
Alan Jay Factor Alan Jay Factor ... Dr. Urquhart (as Alan Frost)
Bill Layne Bill Layne ... Heckler
Bruno VeSota ... Frank (as Bruno Ve Sota)
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A blonde actress is murdered across from a bar. An off-duty cop has been getting pleasantly sloshed, but becomes worried about his innocence when he finds out he was seen leaving the establishment with a blonde, but doesn't remember. As he investigates, he interviews a columnist who was going with the actress, a caricaturist who drew the victim, the caricaturist's wife who works at the bar, and the caricaturist's lover, and slowly begins to put the pieces of the deadly puzzle together. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Kathleen Crowley, who plays Peggy Voe, had been Miss New Jersey of 1949. See more »

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Alex Voe: You're lying - just like the phony paint on yer face!
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Where was the tribe of Amazon women ?
18 January 2004 | by Wilbur-10See all my reviews

Even at 73 minutes this film began to drag, which is a shame because as B-movies go it had quite a lot of promise. The 1950's were better known for the sometimes laughable sci-fi offerings - it was often only the cheap special-effects which caused derision though and the films had lots of good ideas and storylines. The film noir rip-offs from the same period didn't rely on effects and most are worth watching - they are certainly better than the straight-to-video junk churned out in the 90's.

'Female Jungle' begins with the murder of a glamourous blonde actress outside a bar. Having immediately grabbed our interest the narrative steadily falters and ultimately the good work is undone by a confused plot and characters who elicit little interest.

Lawrence Tierney plays the central character, a drunken cop who may be involved in the crime, but he only serves as a dull vehicle around which the minor, but more interesting, characters can operate. These are primarily John Carradine as the suave but sleazy agent of the murdered actress and Jayne Mansfield who plays Candy Price, the mistress of a down-on-his-luck artist who knew the victim ( the artist is played by one Burt Kaiser who also wrote and produced the film, but seems to have done nothing else at all - wonder what happened to him ).

The action seems to take place over one night - there are certainly no daylight scenes - but there is a disjointed feel to proceedings and I kept getting lost towards the end as to what was exactly happening.

If you take away the great title, the opening 5 minutes and Jayne Mansfield then there is not much here. B-Movies don't need a great deal though and these 3 elements make the film just about worth catching.


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