The Lost Tribe (1949)

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Jungle Jim fights a lion and sharks trying to save an African village from those who would despoil it.


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2 March 2019 | MartinHafer
| The usual bad stock footage and non-African animals you see in 1001 jungle epics!
I have only seen one Jungle Jim movie, long ago, and I hope the rest aren't as awful as "The Lost Tribe". It has all the elements I hate in a third-rate jungle film...lots of bad stock footage which often features animals that aren't even African, a guy in a gorilla suit and Jim's friends...a raccoon and a doggy! Later, there even are clips of Polynesians and a shark!! None of this makes sense in Africa and the film is just a sad imitation of the old Tarzan films with Johnny Weissmuller. Now, Johnny looks a lot older and slower...and he's just going through the motions. The only action he does is swim...and since Weissmuller was a gold medal swimmer, this is no surprise. He seems to go swimming practically all the time in this picture!

The kingdom of Zaam has remained hidden for many, many years. They are a peaceful white people(?) and want to live in peace...but with a kingdom filled with diamonds, you know sooner or later greedy outsiders will strike. So, one of their people comes to Jungle Jim for help, as they have no stomach for war and just want to be left alone. Perhaps he can help and he'll be needed to take action because a dumbbell from Zaa has fallen for an outsider and she's just using him for the diamonds and her real boyfriend hopes to follow the dummy back to his hidden city.

So is it any good? Not really. It's pretty much the same as dozens of other films with greedy outsiders coming to the jungle and Jim/Tarzan coming to the rescue. A cheap and cynical excuse for entertainment.

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