JUNGLE MANHUNT (1951)
Article #975 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-15-2003
Posting Date: 4-13-2004
Directed by Lew Landers
Featuring Johnny Weissmuller, Bob Waterfield, Sheila Ryan
Jungle Jim helps a woman filmmaker track down a missing football star, and helps natives deal with a hostile tribe that has been attacking the other tribes.
This entry in the ‘Jungle Jim’ series starts with an exciting attack on a native village before it settles down in to the usual Jungle Jim style, which consists of wandering around from danger to danger until we reach the end of the movie, peppered with the liberal use of stock footage. In other words, this is business as usual. The lost football player is played by Bob Waterfield, a football player in real life, and he’s living with a tribe with which he has helped to develop football-shaped bombs; some of the movie’s funnier moments involve him tossing these things around. There are horror elements here (the invading tribe heralds its attack by having three men dressed as skeletons appear to frighten the natives) and science fiction elements (the creation of artificial diamonds and the appearance of a lost world) pop up, too. As far as the latter elements go, we get two fun little treats, namely 1) the actual recipe for artificial diamonds so you can make them at home (ingredients: melted igneous rocks and sugar) and 2) a surprise cameo appearance of those slurpasaurs of note, Ignatz and Rumsford. These guys should really get along; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had put bandages on poor Rumsford.