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Jungle Moon Men (1955)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | April 1955 (USA)
Priestess Oma is forever young in this Jungle Jim knockoff of "She" or the La of Opar stories from "Tarzan". The Jungle Jim type is played by Weissmuller using his own name.

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Charles S. Gould

Writers:

Jo Pagano (story), Jo Pagano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Johnny Weissmuller
Jean Byron ... Ellen Marsten
Helene Stanton ... Oma (as Helen Stanton)
William Henry ... Bob Prentice (as Bill Henry)
Myron Healey ... Mark Santo
Billy Curtis ... Damu
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Nolimo
Frank Sully ... Max
Ben Chapman ... Marro (as Benjamin F. Chapman Jr.)
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Link (as Kenneth L. Smith)
Ed Hinton Ed Hinton ... Regan
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Storyline

Johnny Weissmuller accompanies writer Ellen Martson, archery-expert Bob Prentice and trader Mark Santo to the remote Baku area in Africa, where an ancient civilizations is rumored to have once flourished. The are captured by the pygmy Moon Men who worship the blonde high priestess Oma. Johnny agrees to become her high priest if the others are freed, but they are all condemned to death when Santo is discovered trying to steal the sacred diamonds. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ATTACKED By The Savage Slaves Of THE MOON GODDESS! (original poster) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deusa da Lua See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In an early scene, native Marro is attacked by a band of pygmies in order to drug and capture him. He's struck by a poison dart on an area of his upper chest that was covered directly by his shield. See more »

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Pretty Deep Stuff
20 May 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

With a title like that I just had to see this! But the connection between the moon and the little people with blow-pipes led by Billy Curtis is only vaguely alluded to. It's actually the sun that figures more prominently in the plot, since it represents the great god Ra, from whose lethal rays wicked high priestess Oma has eternally to shelter from in the murkily lit temple over which she rules.

Jean Byron cuts an impressive figure in the usual lady explorer's pith helmet and tight black britches as archaeologist Ellen Marsten - author of 'The Historical Basis of African Civilisation' - and proves remarkably bloodthirsty when let loose on the local wildlife with a bow & arrow, but is subsequently reduced to little more than an onlooker (I wonder what she called the book on which she based her adventures here?) Helen (sic) Stanton, too, as Oma Who Must Be Obeyed, has the makings of a formidable villainess, but is otherwise little used; not helped by an ugly blonde wig and boring dress which between them look as if they had both been lying about in wardrobe at Columbia since the 40's.

Most of the film is set out of doors in the sunshine, which keeps the film pleasant to watch, until we enter Oma's temple, which cameraman Henry Freulich renders suitably noirishly atmospheric. However as a whole, the film felt far longer than 70 minutes.


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