Her Jungle Love


1h 21m 1938

Brief Synopsis

While searching the South Pacific for a missing aviator, Bob Mitchell (Ray Milland) and Jimmy Wallace (Lynne Overman) are caught in a typhoon and crack up on an island, escaping unharmed with the aid of Tura (Dorothy Lamour), a beautiful jungle girl who is the only inhabitant of the island and is believed a goddess by the natives of the adjoining islands. The three are about to leave the island on a make-shift raft when a gang of savage tribesman land, headed by Kuasa (J. Carroll Naish), a half-mad potentate who informs them that all whites are his mortal enemies because an Englishwoman once spurned his love and he got his revenge by stealing her daughter, who is Tura. He had set her up as a goddess but she must now pay for befriending the hated white men by being sacrificed to the crocodiles in an underground temple. An earthquake rocks the island and destroys Kuasa and his band. Bob, Jimmy and Tura find a party of rescuers waiting on the beach, headed by aviation company president J. C. Martin (Jonathan Hale) and his daughter Eleanor (Virginia Vale as Dorothy Howe), Bob's fiancee. It soon becomes evident that Bob must choose between Tura and Elanor.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 15, 1938
Premiere Information
Miami premiere: 18 Mar 1938
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

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 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.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 15, 1938
Premiere Information
Miami premiere: 18 Mar 1938
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

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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 Hollywood Reporter, 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).