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Jungle Drums (1943)

Superman vs. a secret Nazi outpost disguised as a jungle temple.

Directors:

Dan Gordon, Orestes Calpini (uncredited)

Writers:

Joe Shuster (comic strip created by: Superman), Jerry Siegel (comic strip created by: Superman) (as Jerome Siegel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ... Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ... Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Lt. Fleming / First Pilot (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa Julian Noa ... German Commander (voice) (uncredited)
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A jungle temple with hooded priest is really a Nazi military base which downs a plane bearing Lois Lane and some secret plans. Can Superman save her from human sacrifice? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tambores de la jungla See more »

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Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Despite almost being burnt to death, Lois still has enough strength to move. In real life, she would be too weak to move. See more »

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Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
Narrator: Faster than a streak of lightning! More powerful than the pounding surf! Mightier than a roaring hurricane! This amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, The Man of Steel: Superman! Possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
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Follows Japoteurs (1942) See more »

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So...Nazis are hiding out in the jungle in a fake temple....I am sure this happened all the time!
12 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Jungle Drums" is probably the weirdest and most contrived Superman cartoon from the Fleischer Brothers. While having Superman battling the Nazis is not unusual, so much about this cartoon is just plain weird.

It begins with Lois and a pilot having their plan knocked out of the sky by some weird device that looks like a temple in the jungle! However, it's actually a Nazi facility and all their minions are dark-skinned natives. Why they are in the middle of the jungle and how this will benefit them in the war is anyone's guess!! A bit later, Clark just happens to fly overhead in a plane and spots the wreckage of the previous plane--so he goes to investigate. However, he has to fight not only the local savages but Nazis in weird white hooded robes (did they team up with the Klan?!). Here's the kicker. After Superman saves the day once again, the cartoon ends with Hitler sitting at home listening to broadcasts telling about this latest Allied victory! Strange but enjoyable, it does lose a point or two because the plot is so ridiculous--even for a superhero cartoon.


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