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The Naked Jungle (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 3 March 1954 (USA)
The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Joanna Leiningen
Charlton Heston ... Christopher Leiningen
Abraham Sofaer ... Incacha
William Conrad ... Commissioner
Romo Vincent ... Boat Captain
Douglas Fowley ... Medicine Man
John Dierkes ... Gruber
Leonard Strong ... Kutina
Norma Calderón Norma Calderón ... Zala (as Norma Calderon)
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Storyline

It's 1901. At 19, tough, stubborn Christopher Leiningen came to South America and built levees to claim thousands of acres of Rio Negro river land for a chocolate plantation. Now 34, with no knowledge of women, he recruits a mail-order bride in New Orleans. She's beautiful, independent, and arrives ready to be his stalwart helpmate; however, no one has told him she's a widow. He rejects her. During the next week, as she awaits the boat to take her back to the US, they learn that legions of army ants will strike in a few days' time. She joins the fight to save the plantation; their courage and his probable loss of all he's worked for may crack his resolve to send her away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Nature-in-the-Raw EXCITEMENT! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bushmaster See more »

Filming Locations:

Florahome, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While preparing to shoot the sequence where Leiningen pours oil on himself to repel the ants, Charlton Heston was told that oil would ruin his wardrobe so syrup would be used instead. Heston spent a miserable day on location as the "oil" attracted every insect for miles. See more »

Goofs

During the first meeting/"confrontation" between Joanna and Christopher there comes a point in the conversation when he asks her if she is 'laughing at him.' As she turns from the dresser to face him at the very upper left corner for approx. 35 frames the moving shadow of what may well be a boom mic can easily be seen as it follows the motion. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Leiningen: I don't need anyone.
Joanna Leiningen: Not even for children?
Christopher Leiningen: I suppose I'm to consider myself fortunate you came down here.
Joanna Leiningen: Perhaps not right now. But when you know me better you will.
Christopher Leiningen: Perhaps when you know me better, you won't care to stay.
Joanna Leiningen: [stands up and confronts him] If I had thought there'd be any doubt about it, I would never have left New Orleans.
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Which red menace is scarier to Leiningen?
13 March 2006 | by billellisSee all my reviews

Now that I've seen this film in its original glorious color -- It's NOT a science fiction B movie at all, but a very good tale of a male/female battle of wills superseded by a battle between humans and nature. The human threat is redheaded, and the ants - the threat from nature - are red. Red Scare, anyone? Eleanor Parker is accomplished, elegant, and ravishing. (Perhaps it strains credibility that anyone would have the luck to send off for a 'mail order' bride and get HER.) Heston looks good too. His acting must have improved later with the help of William Wyler: he and Parker were only 2 years apart in age, but he comes across as a greenhorn by comparison. But he's as magnetic as ever and the direction and script are top drawer. It's also a pleasure to look at the mores of the 1900s through the filter of 50s Hollywood.


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