Jungle Jim number 12:
All the animals of the jungle seem to have lost their will to defend
themselves. Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) decides to investigate and
finds a clue that leads to the Valley of the Man Ape (Max Palmer), a
towering brute who has obviously been brought up by apes and who is known
to kill and kill violently. On the way to the valley, Jim meets the
hunting party of Mahara (Paul Marion), who capture animals to sell them to
the highest bidder. Jim gives Mahara a fair warning not to go to the valley, but Mahara and
especially his temperamental sister Shari (Carol Thurston) and her hothead
fiancé Ramada (Burt Wenland) do not trust him as they believe him to be a
Next, Jim visits Doc Andrews (Nestor Paiva) and gang, who conduct
animal experiments in a cave on the edge of the Valley of the Man Ape, and
whom Mahara and company presently sell their animals to. He tells Andrews
about the killer ape as well, but Andrews and crew also distrust Jim and
even try to chase him away - which arouses Jim's suspicion, so he spies a
bit on them ... and finds out that they have found a mineral that deprives
creatures of all their drive to defend themselves - which they now test on
animals but ultimately want to sell to the highest bidder to use against
humans as well ... evil, evil. And of course, this mineral is only found
in this here cave ...
Ultimately, Mahara decides to pay Jim a visit to find out if he has
spoken the truth about the man ape ... instead he runs across the man ape,
who kills him ... but incidently makes it look as if Jim has killed him.
This in turn drives Shari wild, and she wants to kill Jim in return ...
and only when she herself is attacked by the man ape - who soon develops a
soft spot for her and repeatedly kidnaps her - and Jim saves her does she
start to trust Jim.
In the meantime, Ramada has brought some more animals to Andrews ...
and suddenly realizes what an evil man Andrews is - but by then, he
suddenly finds himself all tied up ...
Eventually, Jim ends up in the clutches of Andrews and gang as well,
but is freed by his chimp sidekick Tamba, and Shari ends up kidnapped by
the ape for the umpteenth time, but by the end, the ape and Andrews and
gang crash and they all die in a fire in the caves while all the good guys
Crash Corrigan, who owns the locations where all the Jungle Jim movies
were filmed, can be seen in this one too, but who thinks in a film called Killer
Ape, Corrigan, one of the leading Hollywood gorilla impersonators, has
to play the title character will be in for a bit of a surprise, because he
only plays the unimportant part of one of Andrew's henchmen ...
Like pretty much all films of the Jungle Jim series, this
one is cheap, silly and cheesy, and of course it's also a bad film ... but
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