(aka: JUNGLE RAMPAGE)
(director: Phil Karlson; screenwriters: Robert I. Holt/Marguerite Roberts/from
the novel by Alan
Caillou; cinematographer: Harold
Milford; music: Elmer Bernstein; cast: Robert Mitchum (Harry
Stanton), Elsa Martinelli (Anna), Jack Hawkins (Otto
Abbot), Sabu (Talib), Cely Carillo (Chep), Emile Genest
(Schelling), Stefan Schnabel (Sakai Chief), David
Cadiente (Baka); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR;
Fadiman; Warner Bros.; 1963)
"Robert Mitchum's presence was enough for me to find this toothless adventure tale to be at least digestible."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Phil Karlson ("They Rode West"/"Walking Tall"/"Kid Galahad") efficiently and in a no-nonsense way directs this jungle adventure melodrama. It's based on the novel by Alan Caillou, and is written by Robert I. Holt and Marguerite Roberts.
Big game trapper Harry
Stanton (Robert Mitchum) is hired by the Wilhelm Zoo
in West Germany to go to the Malay jungle and bring
back the rare feline called "The Enchantress," a combination of
tiger and leopard. Going along with Harry is
professional trophy hunter Otto Abbot (Jack Hawkins)
and his sultry younger mistress Anna (Elsa Martinelli). In the jungle, the two
hunters battle over Anna. When Otto learns he lost his
mistress to Harry, he tries to kill him by releasing
The Enchantress in the train car returning to Germany,
where he locked Harry in.
The melodrama was
unconvincing and over-baked, but there were some good
hunting scenes with Sabu as guide. But Robert
Mitchum's presence was enough for me to find this
toothless adventure tale to be at least digestible.
REVIEWED ON 6/30/2012 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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