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Not Rated
Copyright 1956 Taj Mahal Productions
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Sabu - When you think "jungle boy," think Sabu. He is the guy with matching diapers covering his head and loins.
  • Dr. Paul Morrison - British scientist working for the United Nations (I think) while in India.
  • Dr. Pamela Ames - Sent to work with Dr. Morrison, she finds love amidst the backdrop of elephants, danger, and elephants.
  • Dr. Caldwell - This idiot does not know his ass from a hole in the ground.
  • Mr. Trosk - I think he might have been some sort of communist official, but not really certain on that point. I can say with assurance that he dies after being mauled by a stuffed tiger.
  • Shan-Kar - Scheming holy man of Sabu's village. I spent the entire film wondering if he has herpes, there was little else to do.
  • Kumar - Evil jungle boy wanna-be, constantly getting his butt kicked by Sabu.

The Plot: 

Anyone who cried when Dumbo's mother was chained should take the time to watch this film. It would then inspire joy in them, perhaps many would delight in her being shot as well. They would feel little remorse for the expiring pachyderm and even be happy for her passing. Why? Because then the makers of this movie would be unable to film her and add another thirty seconds of stock elephant footage. Though that brings to mind, quite unbidden I might add, the thought of stock dead elephant footage.

You probably think I am exaggerating about the "stock elephant footage" a tad. You are incorrect. The film runs a little over seventy minutes and about half of that is comprised of elephants.

The plot, as it is, concerns the adventures of Sabu and Dr. Morrison as they attempt to discover the secrets of strange "burning rocks" found in the jungle. Plus a flying saucer appears a few times. What does the UFO have to do with the plot? No idea. It is not a very good plot, in fact "evil" might be a good description. I had several daydreams of a righteous Catholic priest, crucifix in hand, backing the plot into a corner as it mewed and spat in hatred.

Mostly the characters walk around on a sound stage, then they either stare at some point off screen or make a statement to justify what happens next. You guessed it! POW! Five minutes of elephants! Momentarily blaming the characters for these occurrences is a natural reaction.

So what else is there in this movie? Did I mention there were elephants?

Okay, there are a few fight scenes. These fall into two categories: men rolling on the ground with stuffed animals (illegal in some states by the way) or Sabu smacking Kumar around. Watching a grown man shake (so it appears alive) a panther body pillow while trying to wrestle (so it appears he is fighting for his life) the prop to the ground is not without merit. The question is does it merit watching this film?

Philosophy aside, just remember that this is a movie about elephants...

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Flashpowder is an important medical item.
  • Doctor's studies are full of test tubes and other scientific equipment.
  • Pouring any two chemicals together will produce an amusing, yet harmless, reaction.
  • Radioactive materials are commonly found in the loose soil under trees.
  • Elephants can be used in the place of many pieces of construction equipment.
  • American jet fighters were often used by the British government to rescue the survivors of plane crashes.
  • Wild animals, especially tigers, will only attack humans when forced to by aliens.
  • You never can have enough elephants in a movie.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - Pay attention to this acknowledgment, it explains a lot during the next seventy minutes.
  • 10 mins - "Hey you fool, paper magma?" What does that mean?
  • 13 mins - Hey, stock elephant footage...
  • 19 mins - Something that they ate burned them? On their arm? Did you even finish medical school you stupid quack?
  • 22 mins - More stock elephant footage...
  • 24 mins - Can't get enough of this stock elephant footage...
  • 33 mins - Stock elephant footage... (Around now I checked my cable box to ensure that "The Discovery Channel" was not bleeding over or something.)
  • 38 mins - Oh joy, stock freaking elephant footage...
  • 42 mins - Still watching elephants, just in case you were wondering (or cared).
  • 51 mins - Caught between stock footage and a sound stage!
  • 54 mins - Stock elephant footage... ...has anyone seen a movie about some guy named Sabu around here?
  • 58 mins - How about offering her medical attention? She was just in a plane crash you idiot.
  • 61 mins - Arrrggghhh! Stock elephant footage...
  • 65 mins - Elephants, the stuff nightmares are made of...
  • 69 mins - A cynical man would say that this is the same elephant pushing down the same tree, just filmed from a different angle.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note junglehell1.wav Kumar: "What are you doing here? Did not Shan-Kar order you to stay in the village?"
Sabu: "Kumar, I am the jungle boy of Tungari!"
Green Music Note junglehell2.wav Dr. Morrison: "Shan-Kar, I would like to examine the burning rock very carefully and I beg you, in your wisdom, to permit me to remove it."
Shan-Kar: "Must not be removed or the spell will be broken."
Green Music Note junglehell3.wav Dr. Morrison: "Oh, come now Dr. Ames, it's just that I didn't expect an attractive young woman like you to be a research scientist."
Dr. Ames: "Thank you Dr. Morrison."
Green Music Note junglehell4.wav Elephants!

 Click for a larger imageIMAGESScenes from the movie 


 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

Video Clipjunglehell1.mpg - 3.0m
Someone not yet exposed to this film would wonder what in the world he is pointing at, but I know. I know that he must be pointing at stock elephant footage. Damn my eyes!

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