Jungle Jim

Overview

The 12-episode Universal serial Jungle Jim was based on the Alex Raymond comic strip of the same name. Grant Withers stars as Jungle Jim, who on this occasion is leading an expedition into darkest Africa. His employers hope to ascertain the whereabouts of Joan (Betty Jane Rhodes), a young heiress who disappeared in the jungle several years earlier. It turns out that Joan has become the ruler of a small native tribe -- and that she has fallen under the influence of The Cobra (Henry Brandon), a mysterious figure ...
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Overview

The 12-episode Universal serial Jungle Jim was based on the Alex Raymond comic strip of the same name. Grant Withers stars as Jungle Jim, who on this occasion is leading an expedition into darkest Africa. His employers hope to ascertain the whereabouts of Joan (Betty Jane Rhodes), a young heiress who disappeared in the jungle several years earlier. It turns out that Joan has become the ruler of a small native tribe -- and that she has fallen under the influence of The Cobra (Henry Brandon), a mysterious figure who exercises an evil influence upon her. With Jungle Jim's help, Joan breaks free of The Cobra's spell; now, however, both hero and heroine must make their way back to civilization without being devoured by marauding wildlife. Though Jungle Jim was well received, it would be another 12 years before Columbia's Jungle Jim "B"-movie series began production.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Long unavailable, this Universal serial of 12 chapters returns in glorious condition thanks to VCI. Albeit no Tarzan, Jungle Jim, as impersonated by Grant Withers, complete with a rousing Nelson Eddy-like theme song, comes to life straight off the comic pages, each chapter summation appearing as a newspaper strip, a neat little trick that sets the serial apart. The story, meanwhile, is what you'd expect and includes such incongruities as tigers in "Darkest Africa" and a jungle queen (Betty Jane Rhodes) who at all times looks as if she just stepped out of the Max Factor salon on Hollywood's La Brea Avenue. Nasal-voiced Al Bridge delivers his accustomed menacing performance as the lead villain ("He ran out on us that cowardly rat!"), and even as Henry Brandon seems a trifle young to have fathered Rhodes, which his character at one point claims, veteran screen fatale Evelyn Brent heaves her bosom and flares her nostrils in the best tradition of melodrama as his equally villainous sister. Although direction is adequate at best, Jungle Jim benefits from having been filmed on Universal's classic standing sets, including Castle Dracula, and remains a fascinating addition to the ever growing number of restored serial thrillers. In the late '40s, former Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, starred as Jungle Jim in a series of Monogram potboilers that never really measured up to the original Universal serial.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • UPC: 089859834028
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 3:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,246

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grant Withers Jungle Jim
Betty Jane Rhodes Mrs. Redmond
Raymond Hatton Malay Mike
Henry Brandon The White Cobra
Bryant Washburn Bruce Redmond
Selmar Jackson Tyler
Al Bridge Slade
Paul Sutton Lebat
Evelyn Brent Shanghai Lil
Claude King Gilbert
Al Bride Slade
Al Duvall Kolu
Frank Mayo Thomas Redmond
J.P. McGowan Captain Robinson
Frank McGlynn Jr. Red Hallahan
Jack Clifford Bull
William Royle Lieutenant Stephen Hawks
Charles Murphy Henchman
Marianne Edwards Joan as a child
Virginia Whitmire Stunt woman
Newton Withers Sunt man
Ray Martin Sunt man
Eddie Parker Sunt man
Henry Carnella Sunt man
Loren Riebe Sunt man
Technical Credits
Ford I. Beebe Director
Cliff Smith Director
Jerry Ash Cinematographer
Ralph M. DeLacey Art Director
Wyndham Gittens Screenwriter
Norman Hall Screenwriter
Kay Kellogg Songwriter
Ben Koenig Associate Producer
Henry MacRae Associate Producer
Louis H. Sackin Editor
Edward Todd Editor
Alvin Todd Editor
Ray Trampe Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Into the Lion's Den [20:13]
2. The Cobra Strikes [20:33]
3. The Menacing Herd [20:29]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. The Killer's Trail [19:25]
2. The Bridge of Terror [19:15]
3. Drums of Doom [19:14]
1. The Earth Trembles [20:03]
2. The Killer Lion [10:24]
3. The Devil Bird [8:09]
1. Descending Doom [17:55]
2. In the Cobra's Castle [19:39]
3. The Last Safari [17:52]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Grant Withers Bio
      Betty Jane Rhodes Bio
      Raymond Hatton Bio
      Ford I. Beebe
      Photo Gallery
      Trailers
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Play
   Chapters
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