Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller), his friend Kolu (Rick Vallin), chief
of the Masai, and Kolu's sister Zia (Lita Baron) all accompany Dr Hilary
Parker (Virginia Grey) on their expedition to find the lost temple of
Zimbalu. The whole trip is spent by Jim and Hilary bickering, Jim saving
her life from the usual perils of the jungle (crocodiles, elephant
stampedes), and Hilary and Zia vying for Jim's attention. But along the
way, several attempts on Jim's life are made ...
Eventually, Jim and company stumble upon photographer Edwards (George
Reeves) who at one point decided to join the expedition but makes the
impression of being a big klutz ... until Jim and company are captured by
the witchdoctors, the inhabitants of the temple of Zimbalu, and it turns
out that Edwards has made friends with them because of his camera - it
seems the natives are very vain. But Edwards is far from freeing his
companions, he actually couldn't care less about them ... but he's all the
more interested in the treasure of Zimbalu, which he intends to steal when
the natives aren't looking.
Then though Jim's trusted friend the crow steals the lense of Edwards'
camera, and without his ability to take pictures, Edwards immediately
falls from grace with the natives. In the meantime, Jim has managed to free
himself and his friends, and together, they manage to kill most of the
devildoctors - and Edwards as well.
If you like cheap and silly jungle flicks like I do, you will probably
find this kind of amusing ... if you don't you will probably regard this
as utter trash: The pacing of this film is totally off, the jungle stock
footage hardly matches the newly shot footage, Johnny Weissmuller appears
to be more wooden than most of the trees in the jungle he crosses, the
natives seem to be awfully mixed in race though I'm not sure if there are
any blacks among them, and
then there are endless animal scenes featuring a doggie and a crow - both
not your typical jungle animals. As I said, utter trash ... but then
again, kind of hilarious.