Her Jungle Love (1938)

78 or 81 mins | Comedy | 15 April 1938

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HISTORY

According to copyright records, technical advisor John Datu lived in the Malayan Archipelago for twenty years. The press book mentions six locations used in California, including Palm Canyon near Palm Springs; Eagle Canyon; Laguna Beach, behind Goff Island; Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert; the Pacific Ocean; and Santa Catalina Island. To create a jungle atmosphere in Palm Springs, $20,000 worth of tropical plants were imported. In addition, thirty crocodiles were used, including a rare albino. Three tiger cubs were needed to portray "Meewa" because they grew so fast. The set depicting the cavern inside the volcano was 250 feet long and thirty feet high. The set was destroyed in the earthquake scene, during which thirty-seven extras were injured. Rather than use a stand-in, Dorothy Lamour herself threw a Malay knife at Ray Milland in one scene, having become an expert marksman. Thirty lifeguards were employed, including five former Olympic or national champions, to safeguard the occupants of the canoes during filming at Laguna Beach. Background melodies and chants heard in the production were based on Samoan music. According to Lamour's autobiography, one location for filming was an Indian reservation in Palm Springs. According to a news item in HR , this was chimpanzee Jiggs's last film role. Jiggs, who was owned by Mrs. Jacqueline Gentry, died of pneumonia shortly after completing his last scene in this picture. The news item also notes that Jiggs was such a prominent animal actor that he had his own stand-in, who earned $100 per day. This was the second jungle film in which Milland and Lamour co-starred for Paramount ... More Less

According to copyright records, technical advisor John Datu lived in the Malayan Archipelago for twenty years. The press book mentions six locations used in California, including Palm Canyon near Palm Springs; Eagle Canyon; Laguna Beach, behind Goff Island; Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert; the Pacific Ocean; and Santa Catalina Island. To create a jungle atmosphere in Palm Springs, $20,000 worth of tropical plants were imported. In addition, thirty crocodiles were used, including a rare albino. Three tiger cubs were needed to portray "Meewa" because they grew so fast. The set depicting the cavern inside the volcano was 250 feet long and thirty feet high. The set was destroyed in the earthquake scene, during which thirty-seven extras were injured. Rather than use a stand-in, Dorothy Lamour herself threw a Malay knife at Ray Milland in one scene, having become an expert marksman. Thirty lifeguards were employed, including five former Olympic or national champions, to safeguard the occupants of the canoes during filming at Laguna Beach. Background melodies and chants heard in the production were based on Samoan music. According to Lamour's autobiography, one location for filming was an Indian reservation in Palm Springs. According to a news item in HR , this was chimpanzee Jiggs's last film role. Jiggs, who was owned by Mrs. Jacqueline Gentry, died of pneumonia shortly after completing his last scene in this picture. The news item also notes that Jiggs was such a prominent animal actor that he had his own stand-in, who earned $100 per day. This was the second jungle film in which Milland and Lamour co-starred for Paramount (see The Jungle Princess below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Mar 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Mar 38
p. 4.
Film Daily
22 Mar 38
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 37
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 38
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Mar 38
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Dec 37
p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Mar 38
p. 42.
New York Times
14 Apr 38
p. 27.
Variety
23 Mar 38
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Contr to scr const
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog assoc
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Scoring mus by
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Volcanic seq executed by
Jiggs's trainer
STAND INS
Stunts
Stand-in for Dorothy Lamour
COLOR PERSONNEL
For Technicolor Co., color art dir
For Technicolor Co., assoc.
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lovelight in the Starlight," "Coffee and Kisses" and "Jungle Love," words and music by Frederick Hollander and Ralph Freed.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 April 1938
Premiere Information:
Miami premiere: 18 March 1938
Production Date:
early November 1937--early January 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 April 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7957
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
78 or 81
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3987
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While searching for lost aviator Roy Atkins for their air transport company, Bob Mitchell and Jimmy Wallace are caught in a typhoon and crash land on a Malayan island. Their plane and radio are destroyed and Bob suffers a minor head injury. They encounter Tura, a beautiful young native, who is escorted by her pet chimpanzee, "Gaga," and lion cub "Meewa." Bob and Jimmy live in a cave and are tended to by Tura. While Bob teaches her rudimentary English, he and Jimmy learn to enjoy their jungle life. Back home, newspaper headlines abound with stories of the missing aviators. J. C. Martin, Bob and Jimmy's boss, and his daughter Eleanor, who is engaged to Bob, are frustrated by their inability to help in the search. Meanwhile, Bob and Tura fall in love. Hostile natives from another island, led by evil Kuasa, arrive at Tura's island to conduct a ceremony honoring the "crocodile" god. They assemble in caves inside a volcano, where a hypnotized Tura participates in the ritual while Kuasa awes the natives with conventional magic tricks. Roy Atkins, who has been a captive of the tribe, is sacrificed and thrown to hungry crocodiles. Hidden from view, Bob and Jimmy witness the spectacle and comfort the distressed Tura when it is over. Kuasa returns to claim Tura and discovers her guests. He explains that Tura is the kidnapped daughter of an English woman who jilted him, and that he has reared her in isolation from the natives so she will appear as a goddess. Kuasa has vowed to seek vengeance on all white men, and tries to ... +


While searching for lost aviator Roy Atkins for their air transport company, Bob Mitchell and Jimmy Wallace are caught in a typhoon and crash land on a Malayan island. Their plane and radio are destroyed and Bob suffers a minor head injury. They encounter Tura, a beautiful young native, who is escorted by her pet chimpanzee, "Gaga," and lion cub "Meewa." Bob and Jimmy live in a cave and are tended to by Tura. While Bob teaches her rudimentary English, he and Jimmy learn to enjoy their jungle life. Back home, newspaper headlines abound with stories of the missing aviators. J. C. Martin, Bob and Jimmy's boss, and his daughter Eleanor, who is engaged to Bob, are frustrated by their inability to help in the search. Meanwhile, Bob and Tura fall in love. Hostile natives from another island, led by evil Kuasa, arrive at Tura's island to conduct a ceremony honoring the "crocodile" god. They assemble in caves inside a volcano, where a hypnotized Tura participates in the ritual while Kuasa awes the natives with conventional magic tricks. Roy Atkins, who has been a captive of the tribe, is sacrificed and thrown to hungry crocodiles. Hidden from view, Bob and Jimmy witness the spectacle and comfort the distressed Tura when it is over. Kuasa returns to claim Tura and discovers her guests. He explains that Tura is the kidnapped daughter of an English woman who jilted him, and that he has reared her in isolation from the natives so she will appear as a goddess. Kuasa has vowed to seek vengeance on all white men, and tries to kill Bob and Jimmy with the help of his followers. Gaga, the chimpanzee, meanwhile, lights a signal fire after having watched Jimmy struggle unsuccessfully to light one. Inside the volcano, Kuasa plans to kill the three in another ceremony, but an earthquake strikes and the natives panic. Many are killed by avalanches or eaten by crocodiles, and Kuasa himself is killed by a falling statue. Tura, Bob and Jimmy escape through an opening in the cave and emerge from the jungle just as the Martins, who rented a yacht, alight on the beach. Bob and Eleanor are reunited, to the jealous dismay of Tura, who sadly returns to her cave. Eleanor releases the lovestruck Bob from his engagement, however, and he returns to Tura. +

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Offscreen Credit
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