Jungle Jim is a 26-episode syndicated adventure television series which aired from 1955 till 1956, starring Johnny Weissmuller, as James "Jungle Jim" Bradley, a hunter, guide, and explorer in, primarily, Africa.
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Jungle Jim (1948)
Action | Adventure
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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.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey, George Reeves
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

To escape from an arranged marriage to Aquatania's pagan god, a desperate maiden ends up in Tarzan's fishing net. But soon, he, too, finds himself before a well-planned conspiracy. Can Tarzan save the mermaid from the barbaric idol's will?

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jungle Jim is forced to lead anthropologist Dr. Edwards into a land inhabited by giant people.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Angela Greene, Jean Willes
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Priestess Oma is forever young in this Jungle Jim knockoff of "She" or the La of Opar stories from "Tarzan". The Jungle Jim type is played by Weissmuller using his own name.

Director: Charles S. Gould
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Jean Byron, Helene Stanton
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Football player Bob Miller, played by an actual football player, is lost in the jungle. Who else to find him but Jungle Jim.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Robert Waterfield, Sheila Ryan
Devil Goddess (1955)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jungle Jim type Johnny Weissmuller helps Professor Blakely look for a missing colleague who is now playing "god" for a bunch of natives.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Angela Stevens, Selmer Jackson
Voodoo Tiger (1952)
Certificate: Passed Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jungle Jim helps an attractive research writer for the British museum clear up the mystery of a tiger cult in Africa while thwarting art thieves and bringing to justice a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Jean Byron, James Seay
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Jungle Jim must protect rare pony-like animals whose glands produce a powerful narcotic. On the way, he fights a giant spider.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Sherry Moreland, William Henry
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jungle Jim fights a lion and sharks trying to save an African village from those who would despoil it.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Myrna Dell, Elena Verdugo
Certificate: Passed Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

With Jane still away for the war effort, Tarzan and Boy set off to retrieve rare medicinal herbs, only to run into an American messenger, Nazi spies, and the mysterious desert's treacherous fauna and flora. Will they make it in one piece?

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Nancy Kelly, Johnny Sheffield
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Series cast summary:
Johnny Weissmuller ...  Jungle Jim 26 episodes, 1955-1956
Martin Huston ...  Skipper 26 episodes, 1955-1956
Dean Fredericks ...  Kaseem 26 episodes, 1955-1956
Tamba ...  Tamba the Chimp / ... 26 episodes, 1955-1956
Paul Cavanagh ...  Commissioner Morrison 8 episodes, 1955-1956
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Jungle Jim is a 26-episode syndicated adventure television series which aired from 1955 till 1956, starring Johnny Weissmuller, as James "Jungle Jim" Bradley, a hunter, guide, and explorer in, primarily, Africa. The program should not be confused with Ramar of the Jungle, but is based on the Jungle Jim comic strip created by Alex Raymond and Don Moore.[1] Starring with Weissmuller were Martin Huston as Jungle Jim's teenage son, Skipper; Dean Fredericks (also known as Norman Fredric) as Haseem, the Hindu manservant, and Neal, a chimpanzee from the World Jungle Compound, as Tamba. Paul Cavanagh played Commissioner Morrison in nine episodes. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Djungel Jim See more »

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Screen Gems Television See more »
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(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence at beginning of each episode where Jungle Jim dives off a high cliff into a pool of water was shot at Chicken Rock at Lake Sherwood, California, with stuntman Paul Stader doubling for Johnny Weissmuller. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits do not list the leading actors by name. Instead, they say "Jungle Jim, with Skipper, Kaseem, Skipper, and Tamba". See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.3 (1958) See more »

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Extending Weissmuller's Career
24 February 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As Johnny Weissmuller got older and a bit flabbier the Tarzan loincloth didn't quite fit his figure any more. Still he was a box office draw, but he knew he couldn't continue in the series. In the late Forties he signed with Columbia Pictures to do a series of films based on the King Features Cartoon character Jungle Jim.

In the films Weissmuller's only friend was a chimpanzee named Tamba, shades of Chetah from Tarzan. But when the film series ended, Columbia which had by now gone into the television business, put Weissmuller in a half hour series as the intrepid jungle guide who got into all kinds of adventures.

In the Jungle Jim television series Jim got some human co-stars in the persons of Martin Huston as his son Skipper and Dean Fredericks as good friend and assistant Kaseem. Jim was not confined to Africa, some of the shows had Indian, South Sea, and even South American locations, depending on who wanted him to guide.

Weissmuller was real particular, no hunting expeditions, no shooting of animals except with a camera. Apparently he was that good a guide, because that sure cut his income considerably.

Though there were female guest stars, I never recall any romantic plots in any of the episodes. The show ran for one season, but it was in syndication for several years.

My guess is that with all of his marriages, Weissmuller had considerable alimony to pay out to his numerous ex-wives. It's why he took the series. After that he was in demand for a lot of personal appearances, he was still the most well known Tarzan of them all and set the standard for Olympic swimming champions down to today.

Jungle Jim was a good kid's show and even as got into his Fifties Weissmuller still looked better than most fifty somethings.


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