|LAW OF THE JUNGLE (director: Jean Yarbrough; screenwriters: George Bricker/Edmond Kelso; cinematographer: Mack Stengler; editor: Jack Ogilvie; music: ; cast: Arline Judge (Nona Brooks), John King (Larry Mason), Mantan Moreland (Jeff Jones), Arthur O’Connell (Simmons), C. Montague Shaw (Sgt. Burke), Guy Kingsford (Constable Whiteside), Laurence Criner (Chief Mojobo), Victor Kendall (Grozman), Feodor Chaliapin (Belts), Hattie Noel (The Chief's Sister); Runtime: 61; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Lindsley Parsons; Monogram; 1942)|
|"A comical African jungle
adventure story about Nazi agents stirring
up trouble for the British imperialists."
by Dennis Schwartz
comical African jungle adventure story about Nazi
agents stirring up trouble for the British
imperialists. Jean Yarbrough ("House
of Horrors"/"In Society"/ "Werewolf of London")
directs by following the law of the formulaic B film.
Writers George Bricker and Edmond Kelso keep it
Hollywood jungle friendly.
jungle island, in British Rhodesia, is
the palaeontologist professor Larry
Mason (John King) on a scientific expedition. His
black American assistant is Jeff Jones (Mantan
Moreland). Nona Brooks (Arline Judge) is the
stranded nightclub singer, whose agent split.
She has been hired to sing at the hotel bar by the
sleazy hotel owner Simmons (Arthur O’Connell).
He secretly works with the Nazi agents Grozman (Victor
Kendall) and Belts (Feodor Chaliapin),
who are holding Nona's passport. Nona is forced to
sing to a British agent at the hotel bar while the
Nazi goons kill him when they dim the lights. That
tragic occurrence is enough to get her to flee into
the jungle dressed in the deceased agent's jacket.
There she meets up with the professor's safari party,
who protect her for the night. Meanwhile the Nazi
agents learn that the papers they sought from the
British agent are in his jacket that Nona is wearing.
In disgust that Simmons let the papers go, the Nazi
agents kill him. When in the morning the Nazi agents
come for the papers, Nona, Jeff and Larry find a cave
and bury them in a human skull. But they are soon
captured by hostile natives working for the Nazis.
Fortunately the chief's sister (Hattie Noel)
falls in love with Jeff and takes them to safety with
her Oxford grad bother (Laurence
Criner), a lodge brother of Jeff's.
It leads to a happy ending, as the chief promises to
capture the Nazis.
Mantan does his usual comic relief bits, in a
forgettable pic that is surprisingly not that bad
considering it's a Monogram picture.
REVIEWED ON 5/20/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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