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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I've got to order this - it sounds great! How many plots have involved the Nazis wandering into the jungle, the Yucatan or the Valley of the Kings She walks thru fire? Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Fay Wray
I love cliffhanger chapter-plays from this era and although this is entertaining, the quality of the print is terrible-it says on the cover "digitally restored"- what does that... Read morePublished on October 10, 2008 by Simon Bugler