Beyond the Blue Horizon


1h 16m 1942

Film Details

Also Known As
Her Jungle Mate, King and Queen of the Jungle, Malaya
Release Date
Jan 1942
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Jun 1942
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Montebello, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,846ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

In San Francisco, Squidge Sullivan, press agent for the Putnam and Bailey Circus, contrives to tie publicity about his lion tamer, Jakra the Magnificent, with news of the rescue of Tama, a young woman claiming to be the long-lost heir to the Chase fortune. Although Tama, who was rescued from the jungles of Malaya by Professor Thornton, is welcomed by the Chase family, they demand proof of her heritage, especially after Jakra rejects Tama's claim that her pet tiger can swim. Tama returns to the jungle with Jakra, his girl friend Carol, Sullivan and Thornton, to look for a metal box containing the papers of Tama's parents, who were killed when an elephant, Mabok, rampaged through their village. Native Malayans agree to escort the expedition to Forbidden Valley, home of Mabok and Tama's former village, and as the group makes its way through the jungle, Jakra falls in love with Tama and sees that her tiger friend, Naya, indeed swims. The natives, who learn that there is no treasure at the end of the journey, attempt to kill the group and steal their supplies, but flee after a protective Naya attacks one of their members. Later, they are killed when Mabok goes on a rampage. Tama leads the group to the island where she grew up alone, safe from Mabok, and they then sail a raft to the site of her former village. They find the boxes containing her parents' papers but must escape to the island when Mabok returns. Jakra and Tama remain to build a trap for Mabok, and as they confess their love for each other, Carol and Thornton, on the island, also fall in love. In the morning they lead a rampaging Mabok on a chase, which ends when the elephant runs through their trap to a cliff and falls to his death.

Cast

Dorothy Lamour

Tama

Richard Denning

Jakra [the Magnificent]

Jack Haley

Squidge [Sullivan]

Patricia Morison

Sylvia

Walter Abel

[Professor] Thornton

Helen Gilbert

Carol

Elizabeth Patterson

Mrs. Daly

Edward Fielding

Judge Chase

Gerald Oliver Smith

Chadwick

Frank Reicher

Sneath

Abner Biberman

La'oa

Charles Stevens

Panao

Charles Cane

Broderick, chauffeur

Bill Telaak

Willys, footman

Gogo

Himself

Warren Ashe

Alvin Chase

Ann Doran

Margaret Chase

Ann Todd

Tama as a child

Inez Palange

Native nurse

King Kong

Squat native

Joe Bautista

Member of La'oa's gang

Escolastico Baucin

Member of La'oa's gang

Bobby Barber

Member of La'oa's gang

Tom Plank

Member of La'oa's gang

Ralph Soncuya

Member of La'oa's gang

Rito Punay

Member of La'oa's gang

Dagmar Oakland

Guest at Chase residence

King Mojave

Guest at Chase residence

Gale Ronn

Guest at Chase residence

Kenneth Gibson

Guest at Chase residence

Mary Dunbar

Guest at Chase residence

Mildred Mernie

Guest at Chase residence

David Newell

Guest at Chase residence

Monya Andre

Guest at Chase residence

Keith Richards

Guest at Chase residence

William Cabanne

Guest at Chase residence

John Holland

Herrick

Eleanor Stewart

Diana

Carlie Taylor

Photographer

Russell Huestis

Photographer

Eric Alden

Photographer

Bert Moorhouse

Photographer

Patti Mccarty

Girl at circus

Katharine Booth

Girl at circus

Judith Gibson

Girl at circus

Laurie Douglas

Girl at circus

Ella Neal

Girl at circus

Barbara Britton

Pamela, girl at circus

Minerva Urecal

Wife at circus

Guy Wilkerson

Husband at circus

Frances Gifford

Charlotte

Charles Moore

Black gardener

Satan

Tiger

Ethel Clayton

Film Details

Also Known As
Her Jungle Mate, King and Queen of the Jungle, Malaya
Release Date
Jan 1942
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Jun 1942
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Montebello, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,846ft (8 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The original story by E. Lloyd Sheldon and Jack DeWitt was not published. The working titles of this film were King and Queen of the Jungle, Her Jungle Mate and Malaya. This film marks Judith Gibson's feature film debut. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, William Clemens directed two weeks of added scenes, which cost approximately $100,000, because Alfred Santell was not available. Hollywood Reporter news items also reported that Richard Denning was slated to appear in Paramount's 1942 feature Reap the Wild Wind; however, he was replaced so that he could appear in a starring role in Beyond the Blue Horizon. Neil Hamilton tested for the second male lead in Beyond the Blue Horizon, according to Hollywood Reporter.
       Information in copyright records reveals that the chimpanzee, then named "Muk," was owned by a man called Trader Horn. In her autobiography, Dorothy Lamour explained that the chimpanzee's name was changed to "Gogo" because his original name rhymed with an offcolor word. Lamour also noted that Gogo was replaced by another chimpanzee in certain scenes because of difficulty with the chimpanzee. Paramount News noted that some scenes were filmed on location in Montebello, CA. This film was not favorably reviewed. Hollywood Reporter stated that it had "gaudy Technicolor presentation in the photography," and Daily Variety noted, "In justice to Santell and others, this picture was hashed and rehashed and finally largely remade from something called Malaya. Monta Bell, who draws associate producer credit, resigned from Paramount before the film was finished.