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Lost City of the Jungle (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 23 April 1946 (USA)
A new radioactive element is found that is a defense against the atomic bomb. Warmongers go to Pendrang as archaeologists, but they are searching in secret for the element. The United Peace... See full summary »

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Joseph F. Poland (original screenplay), Paul Huston (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Hayden ... Rod Stanton
Jane Adams ... Marjorie Elmore
Lionel Atwill ... Sir Eric Hazarias
Keye Luke ... Tal Shan
Helen Bennett Helen Bennett ... Indra
Ted Hecht Ted Hecht ... Doc Harris
John Eldredge ... Dr. Elmore
John Mylong ... Malborn
John Miljan ... Dr. Gaffron
John Gallaudet ... Prof. Grebb
George Lynn ... Henchman Marlow
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Johnson
Arthur Space ... 'System' Reeves
Frances Chung Frances Chung ... Lakana Shan
Gene Roth ... Police Capt. Hammond (as Gene Stutenroth)
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A new radioactive element is found that is a defense against the atomic bomb. Warmongers go to Pendrang as archaeologists, but they are searching in secret for the element. The United Peace Foundation has an agent following the warmongers to Pendrang. Written by Guy Warinner

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Perdida See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The penultimate Universal serial "Lost of the Jungle" is shown on TV in an edited seven-chapter version on the syndicated PBS television series Matinee at the Bijou (1980). See more »

Goofs

In chapter 5: Fiery Danger, the burning sulfur pit scene was taken from Son of Frankenstein and you can see the Frankenstein monster in the pit. These same scenes can be seen again in chapter 6: Death's Shining Face. See more »

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The MPPDA seal appears on the right bottom corner of the Universal logo instead of in the credits. See more »

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Edited from Son of Frankenstein (1939) See more »

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Vegas in the Himalayas
27 March 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I will no doubt get slammed for writing this because there is still a dedicated group of fans who just love these old movie serials. I'm aghast that these things back in the day passed for entertainment. Lost City In The Jungle is a perfect example.

This serial was made at a moment in time when at the end of World War II and before the Cold War really went into deep freeze it was thought that the United Nations could develop into a world government with a chance for world peace. The good guys in this film are the United Peace Foundation and while they have no troops they do have agent/operatives like Russell Hayden dedicated to tracking down those who would bring about war for their own profit.

One of those is Lionel Atwill who faked his own death and is now in the remote country of Pendrang somewhere in the Himalayas. Under an alias he's financing archaeologist John Eldredge's expedition to uncover a lost city. What Atwill looking for is something called Meteorium, a radioactive substance from which he can construct a defense against the atomic bomb. He gets and develops his counter weapon any country he does business with will rule the world. I've got to say the man dreams big.

But not if Hayden and the United Peace Foundation have anything to say about it. The Foundation has a man on the ground in Keye Luke in Pendrang's capital of Zalabar. The capital has an unofficial ruler in Helen Bennett who runs a the gambling action and even controls the local law enforcement. Imagine if the folks in Shangri-La had brought in casino gambling and this is what you have. What I couldn't figure out is that if Pendrang is as remote as the serial makes it out to be, just where does the fresh money come in which is necessary for casinos to survive?

That was one of many things that had me puzzled throughout all 13 chapters of Lost City Of The Jungle. Of course the good guys win they always do.

I felt sorry for Lionel Atwill though. Dying of cancer and having problems getting roles after the sex party scandal in his home came to light, it's a shame that this was what he had to go out on. Not as bad as his colleague Errol Flynn whom he supported in Captain Blood with Cuban Rebel Girl, but not worthy of his talents.

Serials themselves are thank God, a lost art form, Lost City Of The Jungle is no better or worse than others that I've seen.


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