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George Reeves Double Feature (Thunder in the Pines / Jungle Goddess) (1948)

George Reeves , Wanda McKay , Lewis D. Collins , Robert Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: George Reeves, Wanda McKay, Ralph Byrd, Armida, Smoki Whitfield
  • Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Robert Gordon
  • Writers: William Stephens, Jo Pagano, Maurice Tombragel
  • Producers: Robert L. Lippert, William Stephens
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • The Life and Legacy of George Reeves documentary
  • George Reeves as I Know Him by Jim Nolt
  • At Least it's Better Than a 'C' by Lou Koza
  • Song: "Oh George" by Richard C. Potter
  • Hollywoodland: Flight of the Innocent by Lou Koza
  • Advertising gallery for Thunder in the Pines
  • Photo gallery of George Reeves
  • Bios
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Two early George Reeves films prove him handsome and charismatic enough to handle the Superman role he's revered for, but neither captivate like the mythic superhero's story. Thunder In the Pines, a comedy-drama starring George Reeves as Jeff Collins, a logger competing in vain with fellow logger Boomer Benson (Ralph Byrd) for a sultry French mail-order bride, Yvette Cheron, who leads them both on in her search for a sugardaddy. Reeves is studly in his logging shirts and boots, though the real star of the film is Pearl, the logging company owner's fiancé who sabotages the entire crew to expose the French maid's crooked plan and end the men's idiotic contest. In Jungle Goddess, Reeves once again stars with Ralph Byrd, in a story about a buxom blonde heiress, Greta Vanderhorn (Wanda McKay), proclaimed a 'white goddess' by African natives. Both films are relics of political incorrectness, Thunder In the Pines's plot revolving around a logging contest during the height of deforestation, and Jungle Goddess reiterating a King Kong-like combo of sexism and ignorance of jungle cultures. But one with an eye for humor will laugh at clever scenes, such as when tough-lady Pearl mixes a Podunk version of champagne for Yvette made of vodka, tequila, beer, whisky, gin, bitters, grenadine, and all else. A documentary about George Reeves helps historically set the tone, and other bonus shorts honor Reeves as a hero before he donned blue tights and red cape. --Trinie Dalton

Product Description

Thunder In the Pines - 1948 - Action and comedy abound in this buddy movie with George "Superman" Reeves and Ralph "Dick Tracy" Byrd locking horns in a north woods logging camp over the hand of a fickle mail order bride! Jungle Goddess - A plane carrying the young daughter of a millionaire crashes into an African jungle. The girl survives and the rescuing natives proclaim her their "White Goddess." Six years later, two flyers locate the girl…and then the trouble begins! First time on video. Bonus Features: "The Life and Legacy of George Reeves" – a documentary by Capricorn Entertainment which features "Thunder in the Pines" & "The Jungle Goddess" by Jan Alan Henderson, "George Reeves: His Life and Legacy" by Carl Glass, "The George Reeves Memorial" by Steven Kirk.| "George Reeves as I Know Him" by Jim Nolt| Advertising Gallery for "Thunder in the Pines"| Photo Gallery of George Reeves| "At Least It's Better Than a 'C'" by Lou Koza| Song: "Oh, George" by Richard C Potter| "Hollywoodland – Flight of the Innocent" by Lou Koza| Scene Selection| Bios| Trailers. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital; 124 minutes; Sepiatone / B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA – NR; Year – 1948; SRP – 14.99.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "GEORGE REEVES DOUBLE FEATURE" (1948) --- (Dolby digitally remastered)...featuring top performances from the '40s and '50s with outstanding drama and screenplays, along with a wonderful cast and supporting actors to bring it all together ... another winner from the vaults of almost forgotten Hollywood gems.

First up we have Lippert Pictures feature "THUNDER IN THE PINES" (1948) (61 mins/B&W) --- Under Robert Edwards (Director), Robert L. Lippert (Producer), William Stephens (Producer), Jo Pagano (Short Story Author), Maurice Tombragel (Screenwriter), Carl Berger (Cinematographer), Lucien Caillet (Composer (Music Score), David Chudnow (Musical Direction/Supervision / Editor), Norman A. Cerf (Editor) ------ the cast includes George Reeves (Jeff Collins), Ralph Byrd (Boomer Benson), Greg McClure (Hammerhead Hogan), Michael Whalen (Pete), Denise Darcel (Yvette Cheron), Marion Martin (Pearl (as Marian Martin), Lyle Talbot (Nick Roulade), Vince Barnett (Bernard, the Bartender), Roscoe Ates (Wheezer, Boomer's head logger), Tom Kennedy (Josh, the Station Master) ------ our story brings drama, action and comedy with two action heroes George Reeves (Superman) and Ralph Byrd (Dick Tracy), both knew how to convince the audience of their persuasive power of acting out a scene ... both men are loggers and deeply head over heels for the affections of Denise Darcel who was very sexy and ravaging in her early film outings ... mixed within the plot line is our villain Lyle Talbot who gives a rather over the top performance ... wonderful scenery of the North Woods with the operation of a logging camp and bringing the timber.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superman and Dick Tracy Together! February 7, 2007
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I can recommend this set of DVDs for any George Reeves fan and for the great bonus features which include The Life and Legacy of George Reeves, George Reeves As I Know Him and Hollywoodland - Flight of the Innocent.

The films themselves are not inspiring unless your a classic movie enthusiast in which case you may find them entertaining and historically interesting. Both films star George Reeves and Ralph Byrd. Byrd played Dick Tracy in the Tracy serials and was destined to play him again on television in the early fifties. Around the same time George Reeves did the pilot for the Superman television series which gained a sponsor two years later. George Reeves is remembered most for his role as Superman, but let's not forget his other roles in films such as "Gone With the Wind" and "So Proudly We Hail." He was a fine actor. "Thunder in the Pines" and "Jungle Goddess" are typical adventure films of the 1940's. The actors do a credible job with scripts that we've seen done before and better. In JG two pilots discover a lost heiress is queen of a jungle tribe and in TITP two lumberjacks compete in a logging race to win the hand of a beautiful girl. Both movies are filmed in Sepia-tone and include other familiar faces of the period such as Wanda McKay, Armida, Denise Darcel, Michal Whalen and Greg McClure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Double Feture From Lippert Pictures March 31, 2012
These are hardly cinema masterpieces but they were never intended to be. They played mostly on the bottom half of double features in the late 1940's and thus had to be produced on a very limited budget. Robert Lippert's films were generally below the quality of the "B"'s of the major studios but could still be entertaining for undemanding audiences, which included me, a pre-teen boy in those days. I still enjoy them 60 years later.

"Thunder in the Pines", from a lovely sepia toned 35mm print is the better of the two here I think. George and Ralph are lumber men buddies competing to see who can bring in the most timber to win some extra money from bad guy lumber boss (Ed Wood favorite Lyle Talbot) as well as win the hand of lovely Denise Darcel, girlfriend of both of them. Denise was of course soon to move on to bigger and better things at MGM. It moves along well and is over almost before you know it, a good sign for a cheapie B flick.

"Jungle Goddess" is the usual white adventurers in the jungle finding a long lost American woman now a jungle queen worshipped by the natives plot All that's missing is Buster Crabbe! Lots of stock footage of animals, silly dialog, bad acting (especially by the jungle goddess herself, Wanda McCay) and gibberish speaking natives straight out of Harlem. The two leads keep their clothes clean & pressed at all times and the natives apparently have an unseen makeup and wardrobe man to keep their goddess looking like a babe. 63 minutes is just about the right running time for something like this, any longer and you'd start heading for the concession stand. This is a nice print too although there are a few splices in the middle that clip a couple lines of dialog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REEVES & BYRD!!!!! February 11, 2012
By larryj1
I wanted to give 5-stars, but the film prints just were not up to par. Overall, the picture quality is pretty good. Thunder in the Pines was best, with only some minor inperfections. Jungle Goddess started out great, but one section of the film was marred with some bad splices during dialogue, of which some was lost. It's disappointing to watch a film that starts out great and then you hit a bad splice and it just ruins the viewing. The special features are good for giving some basic background info on Reeves.
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