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|VOODOO TIGER (director: Spencer Gordon Bennet; screewriter: story and screenplay by Samuel Newman; cinematographer: William P. Whitley; editor: Gene Havlick; music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff; cast: Johnny Weissmuller (Jungle Jim), Jean Byron (Phyllis Bruce), James Seay (Abel Peterson), Jean Dean (Shalimar), Charles Horvath (Wombulu), Robert Bray (Maj. Bill Green), Rick Vallin (Sgt. Bono), Michael Fox (Karl Werner, aka Heinrich Schultz), William R. Klein (Co-Pilot), Richard Kipling (Commissioner Kingston), Paul Hoffman (Michael Kovacs), John L. Cason (Jerry Masters); Runtime: 67; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sam Katzman; Columbia Pictures; 1952)|
|"Routine adventure pic."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
The ninth of Columbia's "Jungle Jim" "B"-pictures. This routine adventure pic was directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet ("Killer Ape"/"Devil Goddess"/"The Three Stooges Follies"). The screenplay and story is by Samuel Newman. This one has Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) help a museum get back its stolen art treasures from the Nazis.
Jungle Jim has been assigned by the government to
escort British Museum
researcher Phyllis Bruce (Jean
Byron) through the Watusi
jungle in Africa, as she studies why certain tribes
worship the tiger
if tigers are only found in India (a good question
raised that's never
answered). While on the safari, they come across a sacrificial voodoo
ritual led by evil
witch doctor Wombulu (Charles
Tarzan frees the
victim and burns the fanatical superstitious tribes'
tiger god effigy. Game hunter Abel Peterson (James Seay) and his henchmen,
Michael Kovacs (Paul
happen along and stop Wombulu from knifing Jungle
Jim in the back.
A plane lands in Watusi
and the American
passenger, Major Green (Robert
he believes the
trading post operator, Karl
Werner, is an alias for Colonel Heinrich
Schultz (Michael Fox), a Nazi who is a wanted man
for smuggling out of
France the valuable Schulman
Art Collection during the war
and is the last surviving Nazi to know where it's
hidden. It turns out
the three game hunters are actually dangerous art
thieves, who are also
on Werner's trail. When the good guys tussle with
the bad guys at the
trading post, Werner escapes and forces the co-pilot
to fly him to
another location. But the plane crash-lands in the
jungle, in the
middle of headhunter country, with all the
passengers safe. Also aboard
the plane is Shalimar (Jean Dean), with her tiger she uses in
her nightclub act.
By the conclusion Jungle
Jim must fight off
the voodoo tribe, the headhunters, a dynamite booby
trap, fight a lion
in a cage with only a small knife his pet chimp
Tamba slips him, and
bring to justice the Nazi on-the-run and the three
REVIEWED ON 7/4/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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