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Friday, December 11, 2015

HER JUNGLE LOVE (1938)

Paramount Pictures must have liked the results they got teaming Ray Milland with Dorothy Lamour for THE JUNGLE PRINCESS/’36. Two years on, they’re back, now in TechniColor, for a rematch. In this silly thing, journeyman helmer George Archainbaud follows Milland & tiresome co-pilot Lynne Overman after they crash their plane on a tropical isle. That’s where they stumble onto Lamour . . . and her pets. She’s a sort of high priestess for a neighboring tribe of savages led by London-educated J. Carroll Naish, a native with a grudge against the white man. No surprises here, not even the volcanic ending. Not much fun either. (Other than Dorothy's cute pet chimp & lion cub.) Even the showcase color disappoints, with laughable model work, too many soundstage exteriors, and a general lack of imagination from lensman Ray Rennahan, here more TechniColor company man than Hollywood craftsman/artist. Occasionally, the script moves from merely silly to truly absurd (Curt Siodmak worked on the story), but it wasn’t enough to bring on a third JUNGLE pic for Dorothy & Ray. Maybe the first one was better.

WATCH THIS, NOT THAT/LINK: As always, our choice for idiotic jungle adventure goes to the rich insanity that lies EAST OF BORNEO/’31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GluxQ62t4QA

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