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The Lost Tribe (1949)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | May 1949 (USA)
Jungle Jim fights a lion and sharks trying to save an African village from those who would despoil it.

Director:

William Berke

Writers:

Arthur Hoerl (screenplay), Don Martin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Jungle Jim
Myrna Dell ... Norina
Elena Verdugo ... Li Wanna
Joseph Vitale ... Calhoun
Ralph Dunn ... Capt. Rawlins
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Chot
Nelson Leigh ... Zoron
George J. Lewis ... Steve 'Whip' Wilson
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Storyline

Jungle Jim rescues a beautiful native girl, Li Wanna, who is being chased by two sailors. She comes from a hidden village and the men were using her to find it. Jim visits the village and learns they are rich in diamonds. The village elder gives Jim a bag of diamonds which he wants delivered to the men looking for them. A bag of diamonds will not satisfy them however. Along the way, Jungle Jim faces several challenges. Written by garykmcd

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Based upon the Famous KIng Features Syndicated Newspaper Comic Strip (original poster)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tribu perdue See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the animals shown to be living in the jungle is a toucan. A toucan is a large-billed bird native to South America and is not found in Africa. See more »

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Followed by Fury of the Congo (1951) See more »

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The usual bad stock footage and non-African animals you see in 1001 jungle epics!
2 March 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have only seen one Jungle Jim movie, long ago, and I hope the rest aren't as awful as "The Lost Tribe". It has all the elements I hate in a third-rate jungle film...lots of bad stock footage which often features animals that aren't even African, a guy in a gorilla suit and Jim's friends...a raccoon and a doggy! Later, there even are clips of Polynesians and a shark!! None of this makes sense in Africa and the film is just a sad imitation of the old Tarzan films with Johnny Weissmuller. Now, Johnny looks a lot older and slower...and he's just going through the motions. The only action he does is swim...and since Weissmuller was a gold medal swimmer, this is no surprise. He seems to go swimming practically all the time in this picture!

The kingdom of Zaam has remained hidden for many, many years. They are a peaceful white people(?) and want to live in peace...but with a kingdom filled with diamonds, you know sooner or later greedy outsiders will strike. So, one of their people comes to Jungle Jim for help, as they have no stomach for war and just want to be left alone. Perhaps he can help and he'll be needed to take action because a dumbbell from Zaa has fallen for an outsider and she's just using him for the diamonds and her real boyfriend hopes to follow the dummy back to his hidden city.

So is it any good? Not really. It's pretty much the same as dozens of other films with greedy outsiders coming to the jungle and Jim/Tarzan coming to the rescue. A cheap and cynical excuse for entertainment.


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