Jungle Girl [2 Discs] [DVD] [1941]

  • SKU: 11437652
  • Release Date: 12/19/2000
  • Rating: NR
A thrilling 1941 serial from Republic Pictures, Jungle Girl arrives on DVD courtesy of VCI Home Video. Presented in 1.33:1 full frame, English Dolby Digital Mono audio is also offered.
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    Jungle Girl [Serial]
    Unavailable for decades, this 15-chapter serial from Republic Pictures was finally re-released on video tape in the late 1990s. Based on a story by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jungle Girl featured former Paramount starlet Frances Gifford as Nyoka, a white girl raised by her father, Dr. Meredith (Trevor Bardette), among the savages of Darkest Africa. But the good doctor is mercilessly bumped off by his identical twin (also Bardette), who along with American gangster Slick Latimer (Gerald Mohr is searching for the famous Nakros diamonds. Along come Yankee fly-boys Jack Stanton (Tom Neal) and Curly Rogers (Eddie Acuff) who, again and again, are forced to rescue either Nyoka or each other from the evil machinations of both the girl's uncle and nasty witch doctor Shamba (Frank Lackteen). Miss Gifford, suffice it to say, is attractive if not much of an actress this early in her career, while Neal, who is best remembered today as the unfortunate protagonist in the noir classic Detour (1946), appears customarily dashing. Comic relief is provided by Acuff, who is never too tiresome, and Frank Lackteen adds his patented exotic villainy. All in all, if the viewer can get past the natives' fright wigs a la Harpo Marx, an overly cute child actor (Tommy Cook) who speaks pidgin-English and the build-in repetitiveness typical for action serials, there is much to enjoy, including eye-popping acrobatic stunts performed by the likes of Yakima Canutt, David Sharpe, Tom Steele and Carol Thurston, the latter doubling for Gifford. Jungle Girl was successful enough to warrant a sequel but by the time Perils of Nyoka was ready to go before the cameras, Frances Gifford had become unavailable and was replaced by former Powers model Kay Aldridge. In typical serial fashion, footage from both chapterplays ended up in Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955), starring Phyllis Coates in a skimpy yet tasteful outfit identical to those worn by her predecessors. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Frances Gifford
      Frances Gifford - Nyoka
    • Tom Neal
      Tom Neal - Jack Stanton
    • Trevor Bardette
      Trevor Bardette - Meredith-Bradley
    • Gerald Mohr
      Gerald Mohr - Slick Latimer
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      Eddie Acuff - Curly Rogers



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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A distaff Tarzan swings pretty well

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      Adventure tv for kids before there was tv, serials lured their young audience back to theatres every Saturday afternoon by ending chapters with a hero(ine) in danger of an unpleasant demise - thus earning the name "cliffhangers" because the good girl/guy was apt to be doing just that. Full of constant chases, fights, and secret hide-outs, they were a kid's idea of how grown-up life should be. "Jungle Girl" isn't one of the best serials imho, but it's above average and a good example of the genre. As the heroine, beautiful Frances Gifford can certainly take care of herself, but she also gets captured or emperiled enough so that the good guys feel useful. And she manages to dive into lakes and rivers and emerge soaking wet in her jungle minidress to keep older guys interested as well. Tragically just as her career was gathering steam it was cut short by a severe auto accident. This is one of her few major roles.

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