Jungle Jim number 16, also the last one of the series (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):
Jungle Jim ... er, sorry, Johnny, professor Blakely (Selmer Jackson)
and his daughter Nora (Angela Stevens) head for the Valley of the Korundis
- a tribe that still performs human sacrifices and worship the volcano
they live at as their Goddess - to find Professor Dickson (Billy
Griffith), who was last seen in the vicinity of the valley and who's said
to be a little off the hook.
At the same time, baddies Leopold (Ed Hinton), Comstock (William
Tannen) and crew also head for the valley because they suspect it to be
the location of King Solomon's Mines ... and they are even right.
Eventually, good and bad guys find out that Dickson, with the help of
some primitive fireworks, has made himself the high priest of the
Korundis, and now personally receives all their human sacrifices - all
virgins in just the right age, of course.
Soon enough, the usual to and fro ensues, with the baddies trying to
steal the natives treasures, Johnny and company being captured and making
an escape and so on ... until the good guys finally make it to Dickson's
secret chamber - to find out he's not even half as mad as everyone thought
but has assumed the role of high priest only to save the human sacrifices
from a terrible fate and instead secretly release them to live their lives
elsewhere. But Dickson also predicts a volcano eruption this very day, and
in the end, all the baddies are caught between the angry Korundis and the
erupting volcano while all the good guys get away and live happily ever
The last one of the Jungle Jim-films is one of the
funnier entries into the series, with a totally inane plot that seems to
be borrowing from just about any other jungle fantasy there is (including
a scene virtually lifted from an earlier Jungle Jim-film, Savage
Mutiny, that makes little sense in this one). Of course the film
also features an unconvincing gorilla, white natives (in Africa !!!), and
even King Solomon's Mines (!!!!!).
So if you are dead serious about your jungle entertainment, no this is
not a good film, it's cheap, it's cheesy, it's derivative ... but if you
are into this kind of film (like I am) it's also a good laugh.