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Jungle Queen (1945)

Ruth Roman , Edward Norris , Ray Taylor , Lewis D. Collins  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ruth Roman, Edward Norris, Eddie Quillan, Douglass Dumbrille, Lois Collier
  • Directors: Ray Taylor, Lewis D. Collins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013K1AJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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During World War II, the Nazi High Command sends agents into the African jungle to stir up the local Tongghili tribes against the British Allies. This allows them to plant Commander Elise Bork, posing as a scientist, and her subordinate, Lang, within the Tambosa Experimental Farm. Along with the help of Maati, an evil rival tribesman, they search for the legendary "Secret Sword", which has mysterious powers. Two Americans, Bob Elliott (Edward Norris) and Chuck Kelly (Eddie Quillan) arrive to aid the Allies and meet Pamela Courtney (Lois Collier), who is looking for her father, an explorer who mysteriously disappeared. Bork and Lang feign friendship with the trio in order to find out what they know, before trying several ways to kill them. Their attempts always fail though, due to the well-timed appearances of Lothel (Ruth Roman), the beautiful and mysterious "Queen of the Jungle", Tongghili's spiritual leader. In desperation, the Nazis try to kill Lothel by letting loose wild animals, and setting fire to the jungle. Lothel, however, walks through the flames un-harmed and seems to tame even the wildest beast. And in the end, she helps our heroes end the Nazi terror and return peace to the jungle, before vanishing into a sheet of flame. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Trailers Product Specs: 1-DVD9; Dolby Digital; 240 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1945; SRP - $19.99

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Of course, I rate this one five stars specifically for rabid fans of older black-and-white theater serials. This 1945 film runs for thirteen chapters, 240 minutes in length and the quality of the DVD (VCI Entertainment) is good, excepting that the background footage to the opening credits of each chapter (but not the credits themselves) are only slightly fuzzy. The aspect ratio is 1.37:1 (full-screen.)

THE STORY: The film is set in 1939, just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Nazi officers decide, (as Hitler employs his well-known artistic skill doodling a skull and crossbones on a notepad), that parts of Africa must fall under their total domination in order for them to control military activity in the Mediterranean region; however, they are concerned about widespread rumors of a Jungle Queen, a sort of goddess to the various indigenous tribes of "British Middle Africa," who might impede their aggression. Covert Nazi agents are sent into the district to thwart both the Jungle Queen and any British or American agents who might arrive to contradict their plans.

The Jungle Queen, Lothel (played by Ruth Roman), is known to the tribal groups as "the lady who walks through fire" because she periodically appears from the entrance of a sacrificial fire cave at a shrine-like stone temple in the jungle. She thus issues a warning to the ruling "judge" of the tribal populace about the Nazi intrusion.

Two American Secret Service men are sent unofficially to the jungle city to assist their British allies in subverting Nazi activities but their airplane crashes in the jungle.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present "Jungle Queen" (1945) (Dolby digitally remastered), with 13 Chapters of jungle vintage serial episodes loaded with action sequences...story line has a mysterious girl Lotel, the Jungle Queen who arrives in the nick of time for the tribes to rescue them...are Nazi agents behind stirring up the local tribes in Africa to fight against our British allies...who is really behind all of the plots, Lang (Douglass Dumbrille) and Dr. Elise Bork (Tala Birell) seem to have everything under control as our key villains posing as dutiful scientists, or do they...can Bob Elliott (Edward Norris) and Chuck Kelly (Eddie Quillan) be of assistance before the final chapter "The Secret of the Sword" can be discovered...what part does Pam Courtney (Lois Collier), niece of the explorer Alan Courtney (Boyd Irwin) play in this intriguing tale....what strange power does the Sword have over the tribes and why is it so important...will the Jungle Queen once more walk through the sheets of flames as before and have the answers...the Universal stunt people leave no stone unturned with each cliffhanger episode....don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "The Secret of the Sword"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine-thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins, two of the best in the Serial genre, associate producer Morgan B. Cox and Ray Taylor, original story Eliot Gibbons, original screenplay Morgan B. Cox, Andre Lamb and George H. Plympton, music score by Franz Waxman, Hans J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and Titanic Destruction, on a budget June 4, 2011
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"Jungle Queen" is a 13 chapter serial released by Universal Pictures early in 1945, directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins.

In 1939, the Nazi high command has decided that control of Africa is required before they can conquer Europe. They plan to do this by installing a Judge of the tribes in "Middle Africa" sympathetic to their cause, and start by murdering the current judge. But Lothel (Ruth Roman), known by the natives as "the woman who walks through fire" is interfering with these plans. She appears, through the flames in the chamber of judgement and warns the natives that foreigners are responsible for the murder. Meanwhile, the British have sent for Pamela Courtney (Lois Collier), Secret Service agent to convince her uncle, Alan Courtney (Boyd Irwin) to investigate the murder of the judge. At Tambosa, where the British Commissioner, Braham Chatterton (Lester Matthews) has his headquarters is an Experimental Farm, run by Dr. Elise Bork (Tala Birell), a Nazi secret agent, and her underling Lang (Douglass Dumbrille) who are responsible for the murder. Also headed to Tambosa, supposedly to do some hunting, are two Americans, Bob Elliot and Chuck Kelly (Edward Norris and Eddie Quillan), who happen to be on the same flight as Miss Courtney. The 'plane is sabotaged by the Nazis and crashes, and our trio, at first not trusting each other, have to deal with the usual lions, leopards, crocodiles and unfriendly natives before they can even start trying to find the Nazi agents.

While a somewhat plodding jungle serial, it is entertaining even if, or maybe because several elements make little sense, and most of the acting is good enough.
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