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Jungle Moon Men

USA 1955
produced by
Sam Katzman for Columbia
directed by Charles S. Gould
starring Johnny Weissmuller, Jean Byron, Helene Stanton, William Henry, Myron Healey, Billy Curtis, Michael Granger, Frank Sully, Ben Chapman, K.L.Smith, Ed Hinton, Rory Mallinson, Angelo Rossitto
story by Jo Pagano, screenplay by Jo Pagano, Dwight V.Babcock, 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 15 (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):

One of these female scientists (they seem to pop up in every other Jungle Jim movie), Ellen Marsten (Jean Byron), wants to persuade Jungle Jim ... oh, I'm sorry, Johnny Weissmuller to take her to the land of the moonman, a tribe of white pygmies who seem to still worship the ancient Egyptian Moon-Goddess Baku. Because he deems it too dangerous for a woman, Johnny refuses, but then his friend chief Nolimo (Michael Granger) tells him that his son Marro (Ben Chapman) was killed by the Moon Men, and all of a sudden, Johnny is willing to go there, and he takes Ellen with him because she seems to know quite a bit about their culture ... and before you know it, they are joined by Ellen's boyfriend Bob (William Henry) ... but are also pursued by a quartet of baddies, led by Santo (Myron Healey), who want the Moon men's diamonds and who are soon down to a duo when Santo gets trigger-happy.

The Moon Men soon enough kidnap Bob and try to dissuade Jim and Ellen as well as Santo's party from following by shooting them with narcotic darts - but to no avail, and before long, Jim and Ellen and Santo and companion are all prisoners of the Moon Men and their blonde (!) female High Priestess Oma (Helene Stanton), who thanks to Baku has lived for millenia and who now wants Bob to be her new high priest. Somehow, Johnny tries to persuade her to let the others go while he promises to stay with her in Bobby's stead, to which Oma even agrees, but then, thanks to Santo's greed, instead everybody ends up in a lion's cage to be devoured by the lions ... if it wasn't for Johnny's chimp Kimba, who releases the lions from their cages and onto the Moon Men and their High Priestess and frees Johnny, his friends and even his enemies - but of course, Santo and companion meet their end by the teeth and claws of a lion.

Johnny, Bobby and Ellen meanwhile persuade the High Priestess to show them the secret esccape route from her realm, and due to the lions threatening everything within the realm, they take Oma with her ... but once she, immortal Priestess of the Moon Goddess, is touched by the rays of the sun, she falls to dust ... and the Moon Men, freed of their evil ruler, promise to be friendly from now on.

 

A cheap and cheesy jungle film crammed with unconvincing Egyptian sets, white pygmies and a blonde immortal High Priestess ... you might either call it simply a bad movie or high camp, you might just hate it or for some strange reason love it. I loved it. One of the funniest films of the Jungle Jim series.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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