Jungle Woman (1944)

60 or 65 mins | Horror | 7 July 1944

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Jungle Queen . The opening credits include the following written statement: "We hereby make grateful acknowledgment to Mr. Clyde Beatty for his cooperation and inimitable talent in staging the thrilling animal sequences in this picture." The film ends with the written statement: "The evil that man has wrought shall in the end destroy itself." Jungle Woman includes footage from the 1933 Universal film The Big Cage , which starred Clyde Beatty and Anita Page and was directed by Kurt Neumann (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0312). Modern sources add the following names to the crew credits: Makeup Jack Pierce; Cam op Dick Towers; Spec eff Red Guthrie; and Props Dan Fish. Modern sources also state that the film had a working title of Jungle Girl and that actress/singer Julie London was originally cast in a small part, but was edited from the released film. Jungle Woman was the second film in Universal's "Cheena, the Ape Woman" series. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Captive Wild Woman ... More Less

The working title of this film was Jungle Queen . The opening credits include the following written statement: "We hereby make grateful acknowledgment to Mr. Clyde Beatty for his cooperation and inimitable talent in staging the thrilling animal sequences in this picture." The film ends with the written statement: "The evil that man has wrought shall in the end destroy itself." Jungle Woman includes footage from the 1933 Universal film The Big Cage , which starred Clyde Beatty and Anita Page and was directed by Kurt Neumann (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0312). Modern sources add the following names to the crew credits: Makeup Jack Pierce; Cam op Dick Towers; Spec eff Red Guthrie; and Props Dan Fish. Modern sources also state that the film had a working title of Jungle Girl and that actress/singer Julie London was originally cast in a small part, but was edited from the released film. Jungle Woman was the second film in Universal's "Cheena, the Ape Woman" series. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Captive Wild Woman . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 May 1944.
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Daily Variety
18 Feb 1944.
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Daily Variety
22 May 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Jul 44
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 1944.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 May 44
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
10 Jun 1944.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 May 44
p. 1899.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 May 44
p. 1910.
New York Times
15 Jul 43
p. 19.
Variety
24 May 44
p. 10.
Variety
19 Jul 44
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Jungle Queen
Release Date:
7 July 1944
Production Date:
14 February--late February 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12746
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 65
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10061
SYNOPSIS

At a coroner's inquest, Dr. Carl Fletcher is questioned about the mysterious death of Paula Dupree. The physician confesses to her murder, but is initially reluctant to explain the circumstances of Paula's death. Carl finally tells of going to the circus the night lion tamer Fred Mason was saved from death by an ape named Cheela, who was then mistakenly shot by a policeman. Though the ape is thought to be dead, Carl takes the animal back to his laboratory and nurses it back to health. Later, Fred visits Carl and tells him that natives back in Africa thought Cheela was a human being who had been transformed into an ape. Fred also tells Carl about Dr. Sigmund Walters' interest in Cheela, and how after Cheela's disappearance, Walters brought Paula to the circus, where she became Fred's assistant. Fred and his wife Beth then take the stand, and their testimony also suggests that Cheela and Paula were one in the same. Carl returns to the stand, and talks about buying Walters' sanitarium, where, on the night that Cheela escaped, Carl's dimwitted assistant Willie finds the beautiful, but mute, Paula roaming the grounds. Diagnosed by Carl as suffering from shock, Paula begins to speak when she sees Bob Whitney, the boyfriend of Carl's daughter Joan. Paula becomes insanely jealous when Bob and Joan announce their engagement, and when the couple later go canoeing on a nearby lake, the apewoman tips over their boat and attempts to drown Joan. The next morning, Willie is discovered missing and he is assumed to be the one who overturned the canoe. Later, Paula goes to ... +


At a coroner's inquest, Dr. Carl Fletcher is questioned about the mysterious death of Paula Dupree. The physician confesses to her murder, but is initially reluctant to explain the circumstances of Paula's death. Carl finally tells of going to the circus the night lion tamer Fred Mason was saved from death by an ape named Cheela, who was then mistakenly shot by a policeman. Though the ape is thought to be dead, Carl takes the animal back to his laboratory and nurses it back to health. Later, Fred visits Carl and tells him that natives back in Africa thought Cheela was a human being who had been transformed into an ape. Fred also tells Carl about Dr. Sigmund Walters' interest in Cheela, and how after Cheela's disappearance, Walters brought Paula to the circus, where she became Fred's assistant. Fred and his wife Beth then take the stand, and their testimony also suggests that Cheela and Paula were one in the same. Carl returns to the stand, and talks about buying Walters' sanitarium, where, on the night that Cheela escaped, Carl's dimwitted assistant Willie finds the beautiful, but mute, Paula roaming the grounds. Diagnosed by Carl as suffering from shock, Paula begins to speak when she sees Bob Whitney, the boyfriend of Carl's daughter Joan. Paula becomes insanely jealous when Bob and Joan announce their engagement, and when the couple later go canoeing on a nearby lake, the apewoman tips over their boat and attempts to drown Joan. The next morning, Willie is discovered missing and he is assumed to be the one who overturned the canoe. Later, Paula goes to Bob and accuses Carl of mistreating her, only to have Joan walk in on them and think the worst. Paula then attacks Carl, and when the physician defends himself, Bob enters the room and comes to believe Paula's accusations. Later, Carl has Paula's fingerprints compared to those found on the broken lock near some dead animals on the grounds of the sanitarium, and they are an exact match except for their size. Meanwhile, Bob has Paula examined by another physician, who states that the disturbed woman should be returned to Carl's care. Willie's crushed body is then discovered by the lake, and Carl comes to realize that Cheela and Paula are one in the same. Returning to the sanitarium, Bob tells Paula that he is still in love with Joan, but before the apewoman can kill Joan, Carl arrives on the scene. The two struggle, but Carl manages to give Paula a tranquilizer. In his haste, however, the physician injects a fatal overdose of the sedative. At the end of Carl's testimony, the coroner orders the court to examine Paula's body, and they are shocked to discover that the dead woman's body has transformed into that of an apewoman. Carl is then cleared of all charges, and leaves the morgue arm and arm with Bob and Joan. +

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