Jungle Captive

1945

Horror / Sci-Fi

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IMDb Rating 5.3

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Reviewed by babeth_jr 7

This little seen Universal horror movie from 1945 brings back fun memories for me as I remember watching this with my sister Tammy and my cousin Shalaine on the local Friday night creature feature on TV. Even as a teenager I can remember thinking that this movie was more funny than actually scary.<br/><br/>The basic plot revolves around Mr. Stendall, a mad scientist who is trying to revive the dead ape woman, Paula Dupree, from the previous two Universal movies Captive Wild Woman and Jungle Woman. Rondo Hatton plays the menacing servant of Stendall, Moloch, who kills several people in order to help Stendall achieve his goal of bringing the ape woman back to life. Armelita Ward portrays Mr. Stendall&#39;s pretty assistant, whom he kidnaps in a bid to use her blood to make the ape woman into a real woman. Vicki Lane is Paula, the ape woman, when she is actually a woman (are you following all this?). Lane is pretty, but has no lines and basically just wanders around looking like a zombie. The scenes when she is actually an ape woman are hilarious, she is grunting and snorting...it&#39;s a hoot.<br/><br/>This movie is a lot of fun for people who enjoy the old Universal monster movies. Although this is definitely not frightening, it&#39;s fun to watch on a rainy Saturday night.

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Reviewed by Bunuel1976 5

Third and last entry in the series, deemed the worst (rated BOMB in the &quot;Leonard Maltin Film Guide&quot;) but actually slightly superior to its predecessor due, for one thing, to its having a proper plot line (rather than a rehashed one) and the fact that the mad scientist (even if he is stubbornly referred to as &quot;Mr.&quot; Stendhal throughout!) this time around is just that. Indeed, here too, the mainstay (apart, that is, from the standard &#39;house style&#39; for this type of fare) is Otto Kruger&#39;s central performance (the Ape Woman herself, now played by Vicki Lane instead of Acquanetta and reverting once more to being a mute, is certainly not the protagonist in this case!).<br/><br/>Kruger is involved in the revivification of small animals but is keen to progress on to larger ones – with his ultimate goal, of course, being Man himself; since the title creature (a convenient and somewhat lazy amalgam of the earlier &#39;episodes&#39; in the franchise) is a hybrid, he knows he will be almost there if he manages to resuscitate her. The problem is that, once she has assumed human form yet again (having made imposing henchman Rondo Hatton steal the necessary files from the home of the doctor played by J. Carroll Naish in JUNGLE WOMAN {1944}, the process having actually been laid down by John Carradine in CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN {1943} – neither of these actors, however, put in &#39;unofficial&#39; appearance and, thankfully, we are also spared the circus stock footage that made-up a sizable amount of the earlier films&#39; running-time), it is discovered that she has suffered brain damage and he plans to replace it with that of his own female aide. Why the doctor, certainly among the coldest of his ilk, does not simply abduct another girl, when he would invariably have benefited from the heroine&#39;s presence by his side rather than as a laboratory subject, is anybody&#39;s guess?but, then, the latter is vehemently against her superior&#39;s intention to play God so, in this way, he would be removing the threat to his Great Experiment, were it not for the fact that, through Hatton&#39;s sloppiness, the Police – in the guise of a bemused Jerome Cowan – are already on his trail, and so is the girl&#39;s fiancé, yet another assistant! <br/><br/>The busy finale has hero and heroine taking advantage of the Ape Woman&#39;s disappearance to escape Kruger and Hatton&#39;s clutches, only for the three to be recaptured after a short while in one fell swoop. Needless to say, however, the villain is not allowed to go through with the operation as Hatton, enamored of the leading lady (which Kruger puts down by referring to his &quot;hardly Casanova&quot; looks, the actor having been stricken with the deforming affliction acromegaly, and to add salt to the wound suggests that the Jungle Captive is &quot;more in your line&quot;!), turns on Stendhal at the instigation of the girl&#39;s boyfriend. The doctor shoots his thug dead, Lane metamorphoses into monster and cuts free of her straps and, just as she is about to incongruously attack her &#39;donor&#39;, Cowan appears on the premises to intervene. For the record, director Young, who had the classic swashbuckler THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1934), an Alexander Korda production, on his resume&#39; was now reduced, for whatever reason, to helming the lowliest of Universal Horrors – though, to be fair, he sure made an entertaining job of it!

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Reviewed by JoeKarlosi 6

Pretty good and under-appreciated finale to Universal&#39;s &quot;Ape Woman Trilogy&quot;. Otto Kruger plays an older and grandfatherly doctor who appears kind and respectable but has sinister plans up his sleeve to revive Paula the Ape Woman and transform her into Vicky Lane (since Acquanetta left the series). His perfect assistant is none other than Rondo Hatton, the actor who in real life suffered from the disease Acromegaly, which enlarged his face and hands. Rondo was never an actor, but he&#39;s better here than in any of his other films, with a generous helping of dialogue and emotions on display. We also get a little more time with the actual Ape Woman than usual and this is a short 60 minutes of typical mad doctor/assistant/monster nonsense that&#39;s fun, if not anything exceptional. A favorite line is when the doc looks at the deformed Rondo Hatton who&#39;s admiring the human female patient on the table and says to him: &quot;No offense, but with that face you&#39;re not exactly a Casanova, you know&quot;. And then, pointing at the beastly Ape Woman on the next table: &quot;This is more in your line&quot;. I wonder how Otto Kruger felt delivering an insult like that to the unfortunate Rondo? **1/2 out of ****

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