|DUEL IN THE JUNGLE (director: George Marshall; screenwriters: Sam Marx/T.J. Morrison/story by S.K. Kennedy; cinematographer: Erwin Hillier; editor: E.B. Jarvis; music: Mischa Spoliansky; cast: Dana Andrews (Scott Walters), Jeanne Crain (Marian Taylor), David Farrar (Perry Henderson / Arthur Henderso), Patrick Barr (Supt. Roberts), George Coulouris (Malburn), Charles Goldner (Martell), Wilfris Hyde-White (Pitt); Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Marcel Hellman; Warner Bros; 1954-UK)|
|"An entertaining adventure film."
by Dennis Schwartz
Marshall ("The Mating Game"/"The
Gazebo"/"It Started With A Kiss") skillfully directs.
The story by S.K. Kennedy is adapted
to the screen by Sam Marx and T.J. Morrison.
dealer (David Farrar), with a million
dollar insurance policy, supposedly drowned in Africa
while diving for diamonds, which is cause for the
American insurance investigator (Dana Andrews) to be
sent by a London insurance firm to go after him for
fraud if he's still alive as suspected. Andrews soon
learns that Farrar's secretary (Jeanne Crain) is
engaged to him and after questioning her, she
vanishes. Suspecting she's back in Africa with Farrar,
Andrews follows her there. She eludes him on a boat
they are both on leaving Johannesburg, but he
trails her to the jungle and she leads him to Farrar's
jungle hide-out. Things turn dangerous because Farrar
has become unstable.
It's an entertaining adventure film that's beautifully shot in Rhodesia by Erwin Hillier. It reunites Dana with his co-star Jeanne Crain from State Fair (1945).
REVIEWED ON 3/28/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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