When an expedition led by Veronica Patakay meets up with Ramar of the Jungle (Jon Hall) in the
jungle & ask him & his friends (Ray Montgomery, Nick Stewart)
for directions to the next native tribe, it's already quite clear that
Patakay has an agenda all of her own, that being all but confirmed when
a short time later Ramar & co find her assistant dead. When Ramar
starts investigating, he is captured by Patakay & her minions, &
learns that she is planning to test her radioactive gas (plus the
antidote) intended to use for modern warfare, on some small native tribe.
& since Ramar is around, he gets the chance to join them.
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Fortunately, Ramar's friends have in the meantime secured the aid of
some neighbouring tribe, & together the overthrow the mad female
Ramar ... was one of several then quite popular
jungle-tv-series (a genre that was popular in b-movies even before there
was television, & director Newfield made his fair share of them,
e.g. Nabonga or White
Pongo, both for PRC), which
all consisted mainly of scenes shot in a studio with rather shoddy &
cheap-looking sets interspliced with stock footage of an actual African
safari. What sets Ramar apart from many competitors though is that it
frequently featured horror- & science fiction-plots (as does this
one, thus having much in common with then popular drive-in features by
AIP or Allied
Director Sam Newfield's career by that time had reached its tail-end
(though he would continue filming for another 6 years), him being around
since 1926, & his filmography would (concerning quantity) put that
of Jess Franco to shame, consisting of over 250 features. Newfield,
mainly an outdoor man, shot many a western with most of the bigger
b-Western-names - Bob Steele, Tim McCoy or Buster Crabbe, to name a few -
& might be best remembered now for having done a great many
of the Westerns with Fuzzy Al St John sideing various cowboy stars.
Horror fans, however, will more likely remember him for movies like Dead Men Walk,
The Flying Serpent, or the Mad
Monster, all starring George Zucco, all by PRC.