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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Jungle Captive (1945)

A renowned biochemist (Otto Kruger) is working on a project of restoring life after death. He had been experimenting on animals and after the successful resuscitation of a rabbit, he decides to experiment on human life or in this case half human. He has his assistant (Rondo Hatton) steal the body of the notorious Ape Woman (Vicky Lane) from the morgue. Directed by Harold Young (THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL), this was the third and final entry in the Ape Woman trilogy (the other two were CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN and JUNGLE WOMAN). Like the others, it's pretty silly and poorly acted but I actually found it the most entertaining of the three. Which doesn't mean it's any good, it isn't. It's just that I found its "sincerity" easier to swallow. Thankfully, unlike the other Universal "monster" franchises, no one has ever decided to revive it. It's generally considered the worst of the Universal monster series and I doubt you'll find anyone to come to its defense. With Amelita Ward, Phil Brown and Jerome Cowan.

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