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Voodoo Tiger

USA 1952
produced by
Sam Katzman for Columbia
directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
starring Johnny Weissmuller, Jean Byron, James Seay, Jean Dean, Charles Horvath, Robert Bray, Michael Fox, Rick Vallin, William Klein, Richard Kipling, John L.Cason, Paul Hoffman, Frederic Berest, Alex Montoya
screeenplay by Samuel Newman, 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 9:

Now this one combines a lot of elements from all over the place: There's a tribe worshipping the voodoo tiger, despite the fact that there aren't any tigers in Africa (something that's even mentioned in the film - despite the fact that previous Jungle Jim movies did occasionally contain tigers -, but a comprehensive explanation is never given), then there's scientist Phyllis Bruce (Jean Byron) who studies tigers and thinks she might find some in voodoo country. Then there's exotic dancer Shalimar (Jean Dean), who always carries a tamed tiger with her, and throw in Schultz (Michael Fox), a Nazi who knows the hiding place of some huge art treasure and a trio of art thieves (James Seay, John L.Cason, Paul Hoffman) who want to get their hands on the treasure, plus Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller), who is supposed to secure the treasure for the gouvernment and you have one silly jungle adventure.

The story goes pretty much like this: On the run from pretty much everybody, Nazi Schultz highjacks a plane that before you know it crashlands in voodoo country, and the voodooists have caputred all survivors in no time and want to sacrifice them, if it wasn't for Shalimar, one of the passengers on the plane, and her tiger who only listens to her - and soon enough, she does her exotic dance routines for the natives ...

Of course, both Jungle Jim's party (which also includes Doc Phyllis Bruce) and the artthieves have ventured into voodoo country to get their hands on Schultz, but while Jim's party soon falls captive to the voodooists, the artthieves have brought their own natives to keep the voodooists at bay.

Ultimately, Jim is forced to fight a lion in a cage, and kills the animal only thanks to a knife his pet chimp has smuggled to him. Then Shalimar's tiger, who has roamed the territory in the meantime, arrives at the scene and when Shalimar orders him to attack the natives, they all hide in a hut from their sacred animal - which gives Jim and company, including the survivors from the planecrash, an opportunity to slip away ... Only Schultz somehow falls into the clutches of the artthieves. Later, Jim and company manage to free Schultz, while the artthieves are killed by the voodooists - who somehow are no longer afraid of their natives anymore.

With the voodooists still in hot pursuit, Jim and company blow up the only entrance to voodoo country using dynamite that was set up by the artthieves to blow Jim's group to Kingdom Come, and everything it seems is fine again, with even Schultz now ready to give away the location of the treasure ...

 

Of course, the film makes about as much sense as my synopsis, and especially its depiction of voodoo is dead-wrong (there simply are no voodoo tigers, period), plus all natives once more played by white men is at least a bit silly, and Weissmuller is of course wooden as ever ... but all that said, as a cheap and cheesy jungle pic, the film's still lots of fun, if you are able to not take it at all seriously that is ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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