Jungle Jim number 14 (though technically, this is not a
Jungle Jim film because Johnny Weissmuller plays a character called Johnny
and has a different chimp in an effort by producer Sam Katzman to avoid
paying license fees while still continuing a profitable series):
John King (Steve Darrell) runs a successful colony and is regarded as a
saint by everybody in the vicinity, including the ever-present
commissioner (Charles Evans) and King's ward Luora (Judy Walsh). The only
problem is, the cobalt-shipments from his mine keep disappearing, and
King's foreman Rovak (Bruce Cowling) is all too quick to blame it on
crocodiles ... without even trying to explain what crocodiles would do
So Jungle Jim ... oh I'm sorry, Johnny starts his own investigations,
and soon enough stumbles upon King's black-sheep brother Arnold (David
Bruce), the foreman of the cobalt mine, who looks just way too suspicious
to be the culprit ... and indeed he isn't.
After much to and fro, Johnny and Arnold, who have since teamed up,
find out that a tribe of savages - who were formerly cannibals, hence the
title - regularly attack the cobalt shipments, disguised as crocodiles
(!), and actually both Rovak and saintly King are behind it all,
but the real mastermind behind it all is Luora, actually the Princess of
the savage tribe, who wants the cobalt to build up an army of her own and
conquer the whole jungle.
In the end though, Johnny, arnold and the Commissioner pull a fast one
on the baddies when a cobalt shipment they are bringing downriver proes to
be a Trojan horse, and it all culminates in a big shootout during which
Luora and Rovak are killed while King, who has decided to change sides in
the last minute, is allowed to die a hero's death.
Pretty much as cheap, cheesy and silly but also as funny as all the Jungle
Jim films - if you are one to appreciate camp and unintentional
humour that is.
One thing though, despite the sensationalistic title, there is no
actual cannibalism, shown or even hinted at, in this film.