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Perils of the Jungle (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 20 March 1953 (USA)
Hunter tracks down lions on the Congo jungle.

Director:

George Blair

Writers:

Frank Hart Taussig (story and screenplay) (as Frank Taussig), Robert T. Smith (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clyde Beatty ... Clyde Beatty
Stanley Farrar Stanley Farrar ... Grant
Phyllis Coates ... Jo Carter
John Doucette ... Gorman
Leonard Mudie ... Grubbs
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Kenny
Roy Glenn ... Korjah (as Roy E. Glenn)
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Mac
Tudor Owen ... Commissioner
Shelby Bacon Shelby Bacon ... Boy King
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Storyline

On an African safari with his friend Grant, Clyde Beatty plans to buy some black-maned Numbian lions from Jo Carter but her animals are wiped out by a fire. Despite interference by rival dealer Gorman, who hopes to ruin Jo, Beatty saves her business by helping her to capture an adult gorilla. (2nd story) When Grant is bitten by a tsetse fly and falls ill, Beatty heads for the nearest hospital through the territory of the dangerous Matabeles tribe. They are captured and condemned to death by Grubbs, a white man living with the tribe and stealing their gold. Using the Matabele Boy King as a shield, Beatty and Grant make an escape and Grubbs is forced to accompany them, leaving his loot behind. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THRILL To Savage Danger... Screaming Excitement! See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1953 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Commodore Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: Perils of the Jungle (2015) See more »

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Cheap and forgettable.
9 March 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a surprisingly bad film. Now this is NOT because there were a lot of watchable jungle movies made from the 1930s-1950s. No--most of them were terrible. But, because this one starred the very famous African explorer, circus owner and lion tamer, Clyde Beatty, I expected a bit more--such as realism. But, once again, like all the second-rate Tarzan ripoffs of the era, the animals were occasionally from different continents (Africa and Asia) and the gorilla was yet another guy dressed up in a cheap gorilla costume. I just thought I'd see better than this.

As for the story, it's a bit odd. Instead of a normal narrative, it is told as a flashback--and a rather sketchy and episodic one at that. It seemed like they cut scenes from several different movies to make up this one--and perhaps they did. The first story is about a female big-game dealer (Phyllis Coates--of "Superman" fame). The second, in a carryover from the first, is about an evil big-game dealer. And, the third segment is about an evil white guy who controls a tribe of savages. None of the stories are very good and it's all set in the dense jungles of Africa--which, for the most part, are only in the movies as lions and the like do NOT live in such environments but in the savannas. Once again, this is a mythical representation of Africa and despite Beatty's presence, it seems little like the real thing. Which makes you wonder if either Beatty didn't care or perhaps he wasn't quite the awesome explorer he portrayed himself as being during his interesting life. Overall, pretty dull and forgettable.


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