Sunday, August 26, 2012

Jungle Movies: The Lost Tribe Jungle Jim

The Jungle Jim movie series....literally takes Tarzan  (Johnny Weissmuller)  out of his loin cloth and gives him a Jungle Cruise outfit,  but everything else about him is pretty much still Tarzan.   He has a dog as a pet instead of a chimp-but still talks to the animals Aquaman style.    Based on some comics that actually had him as a different kind of character based out of Asia--they just cast Tarzan and put him in Africa anyway.  I decided to do mini movie reviews for this on my Tiki Blog instead of my movies blog because these type of films can be seen as inspiration (sort out) for my Pineappleman series.   What started as a song written after a trip to Maui.... The Pineappleman  (which is my Tiki name)   later became an exercise in creative writing for fun on Myspace (in rough draft form)
Here is the linke to the writtings recreated in blog form 

(I love this old school movie posters they may lost great as pieces in my Dream Tiki Bar)

The Lost Tribe  1949  6 out of 10   in particular follows a plot seen many times over in old Jungle adventure movies like Tarzan..... The description on TCM was:  Jungle Jim fights beasts (a croc,  a lion and 2 sharks)  , flirts with a blonde (not really) and helps natives guard a treasure.   You see there is this lost city were the  peaceful people have a bunch of diamonds.   Of course the greedy white men want the diamonds so the movie is basically one capture scene and escape and recapture and fight random animal scene after another.   Jungle Jim talks and acts just like a well dressed Tarzan talking the same stunted English that Tarzan did....I wonder if anyone even bothered to tell him he was playing a different character.   The best part of the movie is when the guys in gorrila costumes come to the rescue to battle the greedy white people at the end.  I'll take a look at several more Jungle Jim flicks over the next week that I recorded off TCM......

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