Queen of the Jungle


1935

Brief Synopsis

A 12-chapter serial built around stock footage from a 1922 silent serial, "The Jungle Goddess",young David Worth (Dickie Jones) and Joan Lawrence (Marilyn Spinner)are children with a group of explorers that are seeking African radium deposits. They are playing in the basket of the party's air baloon when the bag takes off with Joan aboard, last seen sailing over the back-lot jungle. This puts a chill on the expedition and all hands return to whence they came. The end of chapter 1, "Lost in the Clouds", finds Marilyn's baloon being shot down by the flaming arrows of a native tribe. Chapter 2,"Radium Rays", reveals that Joan survived her descent and the tribe named "the child from the sky" as their queen and priestess.A flash foward of about 18 years finds that the now-adult David (Reed Howes)has returned to Africa to search for his long-lost childhood friend.He hits the trail and is quickly captured by the tribesmen and is brought to their sadistic ruler,who turns out to be a now-grown Joan (Mary Kornman.) Unaware of his or her own true identity, she orders the stranger sacrificed to the tribal god. David is tied before a huge idol whose eyes shine as a concealed radium cylinder is uncovered. Chapter 2 ends with David's clothes smoking and burning and the beams intensifying. Dire straits indeed for David, but there is hope since there are ten chapters to go.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Screen Attractions Corp.
Distribution Company
State Rights
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

[No contemporary information about the plot of this film has been found.]

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Screen Attractions Corp.
Distribution Company
State Rights
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Because of budget limitations, extensive use was made of stock footage from Jungle Goddess (1922); even the story from the earlier serial was woven into the plot of the later one. Considering the changes in dramatic technique, makeup, etc. that had taken place in the intervening thirteen years, plus the fact that the silent footage was printed and projected at an abnormally fast sound speed, the results were both hilarious and disastrous.

Notes

Queen of the Jungle was a twelve episode serial that modern sources claim was also released as a feature, although the feature's release date cannot be confirmed in contemporary sources. Its advertising slogan was, "It begins where Trader Horn [the 1931 M-G-M film] left off!" The above credits were taken from the serial and May not reflect the credits of the feature version. Although onscreen credits for the serial indicate that the title was copyrighted in 1935, no record could be found in the copyright catalog. According to modern sources, animal footage was taken from the 1922 Selig serial, The Jungle Goddess, and the cast also included George Chesebro (Ken Roberts), Robert Borman (Captain Blake), and Barney Furey (Abdullah).