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Devil Goddess

USA 1955
produced by
Sam Katzman for Columbia
directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
starring Johnny Weissmuller, Angela Stevens, Selmer Jackson, William Tannen, Ed Hinton, Billy Griffith, Abel Fernández, Frank Lackteen, Vera Francis, George Berkeley
story by Dwight V. Babcock, screenplay by George H. Plympton, based on a comic strip by Alex Raymond, musical direction by Mischa Bakaleinikoff

Jungle Jim, Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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 after.

 

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.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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