JUNGLE WOMAN (1944)
Article #367 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-17-2002
Posting date: 8-3-2002
A scientist recovers the body of Paula Dupree, the ape woman, only to discover that she is still alive.
Universal must have made this one for lovers of CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN; in fact, they must have figured that lovers of that movie would like to see a lot of the same footage again, so a good part of the first twenty minutes of this movie (which runs just over an hour) is made up of footage from that movie. They obviously weren’t investing a lot of money in the series. I think the makeup for J. Carrol Naish was very good; I had to double-check the credits to make sure that was him at first. They also give far too much dialogue to Acquanette, who is more effective when she doesn’t say anything. Mostly, the movie wastes its time having people wonder if Paula is actually the same as Cheela, the ape; we already know this is true. Ultimately, the movie is a rehash and a waste of time.