Naked Jungle

The Naked Jungle

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Director: Byron Haskin

Cast: Byron Haskin, Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer

     
 

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It doesn't take long for old-time-radio fans to figure out that The Naked Jungle is a film version of the classic Carl Stephenson nailbiter Leiningen Versus the Ants. Charlton Heston plays South American plantation owner Christopher Leiningen, who spends most of the film preparing for the hellish onslaught of deadly…  See more details below

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It doesn't take long for old-time-radio fans to figure out that The Naked Jungle is a film version of the classic Carl Stephenson nailbiter Leiningen Versus the Ants. Charlton Heston plays South American plantation owner Christopher Leiningen, who spends most of the film preparing for the hellish onslaught of deadly soldier ants. The original story concentrated solely on Leiningen; the film version hokes things up a bit by bestowing upon the hero a gorgeous mail-order bride, played by Eleanor Parker. No matter: the climactic insect invasion is well worth the wait, utilizing the Paramount Pictures optical-effects department to the nth degree. The Naked Jungle also offers excellent supporting work from Abraham Sofaer, Douglas Fowley, and William Conrad, who also acted in several of the radio adaptations of the Carl Stephenson yarn.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The last half of The Naked Jungle is an exciting adventure flick, a man vs. nature story that is hard to resist. Unfortunately, the first half is padded out with a rather soapy romance story that, while it serves to tell the audience a great deal about the character of Christopher Leiningen, simply isn't very interesting. This schizophrenic halving of the film is unfortunate, for if all of Naked was as well done as its climactic invasion sequence, it would have been quite memorable. It would also have been a better film if the romance story had been a bit fresher, or if the first half (and, it must be admitted, the film as a whole) had contained decent dialogue. Modern viewers will also be turned off by the manner (in both halves of the film) in which the natives are portrayed, as well as by the egotism of Leiningen. But Naked does boast one of Charlton Heston's better, less mannered performances, as well as a dandy one from the lovely Eleanor Parker, who knows how to make a strong impression even in a film in which a swarm of ants is the real star. And by the last half, when the crisis becomes known and Heston and Parker swing into action, the film does become engrossing, with a number of nail-biting moments. Though clearly produced on a budget, the special effects are quite impressive, and director Byron Haskin knows exactly what he's doing from the time the focus switches from romantic troubles to a physical crisis. Though the lack of buildup may mute its impact somewhat, The Naked Jungle is probably a better film that's better if you catch it halfway through.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2013
UPC:
0883316754993
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount (Pmt)
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
3,081

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eleanor Parker Joanna Leiningen
Charlton Heston Christopher Leiningen
Abraham Sofaer Incacha
William Conrad Commissioner
Romo Vincent Boat Captain
Douglas Fowley Medicine Man
John Dierkes Gruber
Leonard Strong Kutina
Norma Calderon Zala
Pilar del Rey Actor
Bernie Gozier Actor
Leon Lontoc Actor
John Mansfield Foreman
Ronald Alan Numkena Actor
Rodd Redwing Actor
Jack Reitzen Actor
John E. Wood Actor
Jerry Groves Actor
Carlos Rivero Actor

Technical Credits
Byron Haskin Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Herbert Coleman Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Everett Douglas Editor
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Frank Freeman Associate Producer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Ben Maddow Screenwriter
George Pal Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup
Philip Yordan Screenwriter

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