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Her Jungle Love
Director: George Archainbaud (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Apr 1938
Premiere Information:   Miami premiere: 18 Mar 1938
Production Date:   early Nov 1937--early Jan 1938
Duration (in mins):   78 or 81
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Dorothy Lamour (Tura)  
    Ray Milland (Bob [Mitchell])  
    Lynne Overman (Jimmy [Wallace])  
    J. Carrol Naish (Kuasa)  
    Dorothy Howe (Eleanor [Martin])  
    Jonathan Hale (J. C. Martin)  
    Archie Twitchell (Roy Atkins)  
    Jiggs, chimpanzee (Gaga)  
    Lion cub (Meewa)  
    Edward Earle (Captain Avery)  
    Sonny Chorre (First guard)  
    Tony Urchel (Second guard)  
    Bill Caldwell (Steward)  
    Richard Denning    
    Philip Warren    

Summary: While searching for lost aviator Roy Atkins for their air transport company, Bob Mitchell and Jimmy Wallace are caught in a typhoon and crash land on a Malayan island. Their plane and radio are destroyed and Bob suffers a minor head injury. They encounter Tura, a beautiful young native, who is escorted by her pet chimpanzee, "Gaga," and lion cub "Meewa." Bob and Jimmy live in a cave and are tended to by Tura. While Bob teaches her rudimentary English, he and Jimmy learn to enjoy their jungle life. Back home, newspaper headlines abound with stories of the missing aviators. J. C. Martin, Bob and Jimmy's boss, and his daughter Eleanor, who is engaged to Bob, are frustrated by their inability to help in the search. Meanwhile, Bob and Tura fall in love. Hostile natives from another island, led by evil Kuasa, arrive at Tura's island to conduct a ceremony honoring the "crocodile" god. They assemble in caves inside a volcano, where a hypnotized Tura participates in the ritual while Kuasa awes the natives with conventional magic tricks. Roy Atkins, who has been a captive of the tribe, is sacrificed and thrown to hungry crocodiles. Hidden from view, Bob and Jimmy witness the spectacle and comfort the distressed Tura when it is over. Kuasa returns to claim Tura and discovers her guests. He explains that Tura is the kidnapped daughter of an English woman who jilted him, and that he has reared her in isolation from the natives so she will appear as a goddess. Kuasa has vowed to seek vengeance on all white men, and tries to kill Bob and Jimmy with the help of his followers. Gaga, the chimpanzee, meanwhile, lights a signal fire after having watched Jimmy struggle unsuccessfully to light one. Inside the volcano, Kuasa plans to kill the three in another ceremony, but an earthquake strikes and the natives panic. Many are killed by avalanches or eaten by crocodiles, and Kuasa himself is killed by a falling statue. Tura, Bob and Jimmy escape through an opening in the cave and emerge from the jungle just as the Martins, who rented a yacht, alight on the beach. Bob and Eleanor are reunited, to the jealous dismay of Tura, who sadly returns to her cave. Eleanor releases the lovestruck Bob from his engagement, however, and he returns to Tura. 

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  
Director: George Archainbaud (Dir)
  Mel Epstein (Asst dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  George M. Arthur (Prod)
  William LeBaron (Exec prod)
Writer: Joseph Moncure March (Scr)
  Lillie Hayward (Scr)
  Eddie Welch (Scr)
  Gerald Geraghty (Story)
  Kurt Siodmak (Story)
  Gerald Geraghty (Contr to scr const)
  Kurt Siodmak (Contr to scr const)
Photography: Ray Rennahan (Photog)
  Dev. Jennings (Photog assoc)
Art Direction: Hans Dreier (Art dir)
  Earl Hedrick (Art dir)
Film Editor: Hugh Bennett (Ed)
Set Decoration: A. E. Freudeman (Int dec)
Costumes: Edith Head (Cost)
  Ruth Davis (Ward)
Music: Boris Morros (Mus dir)
  Gregory Stone (Scoring mus by)
Sound: Earl Hayman (Sd rec)
  John Cope (Sd rec)
Make Up: Elaine Ramsay (Hairstylist)
  Glenn Alden (Makeup)
  Alma Lockwood (Makeup)
Production Misc: John Datu (Tech adv)
  Gordon Jennings (Volcanic seq executed by)
  Mickey Gentry (Jiggs's trainer)
Stand In: Duke Green (Stunts)
  Betty Becker (Stand-in for Dorothy Lamour)
Color Personnel: Natalie Kalmus (For Technicolor Co., color art dir)
  Morgan Padelford (For Technicolor Co., assoc.)
Country: United States

Songs: "Lovelight in the Starlight," "Coffee and Kisses" and "Jungle Love," words and music by Frederick Hollander and Ralph Freed.
Composer: Ralph Freed
  Frederick Hollander

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Paramount Pictures, Inc. 15/4/1938 dd/mm/yyyy LP7957 Yes

PCA NO: 3987
Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd: Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording

 
Genre: Comedy
Sub-Genre: Jungle
 
Subjects (Major): Airplane accidents
  Americans in foreign countries
  Aviators
  Islands
  Malay Peninsula
  Rites and ceremonies
  Romance
 
Subjects (Minor): Caves
  Chimpanzees
  Crocodiles
  Cultural conflict
  Earthquakes
  Fires
  Kisses
  Lions
  Magicians
  Rescues
  Revenge
  Statues
  Tribal life
  Typhoons
  Volcanoes
  Yachts and yachting

Note: According to copyright records, technical advisor John Datu lived in the Malayan Archipelago for twenty years. The press book mentions six locations used in California, including Palm Canyon near Palm Springs; Eagle Canyon; Laguna Beach, behind Goff Island; Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert; the Pacific Ocean; and Santa Catalina Island. To create a jungle atmosphere in Palm Springs, $20,000 worth of tropical plants were imported. In addition, thirty crocodiles were used, including a rare albino. Three tiger cubs were needed to portray "Meewa" because they grew so fast. The set depicting the cavern inside the volcano was 250 feet long and thirty feet high. The set was destroyed in the earthquake scene, during which thirty-seven extras were injured. Rather than use a stand-in, Dorothy Lamour herself threw a Malay knife at Ray Milland in one scene, having become an expert marksman. Thirty lifeguards were employed, including five former Olympic or national champions, to safeguard the occupants of the canoes during filming at Laguna Beach. Background melodies and chants heard in the production were based on Samoan music. According to Lamour's autobiography, one location for filming was an Indian reservation in Palm Springs. According to a news item in HR , this was chimpanzee Jiggs's last film role. Jiggs, who was owned by Mrs. Jacqueline Gentry, died of pneumonia shortly after completing his last scene in this picture. The news item also notes that Jiggs was such a prominent animal actor that he had his own stand-in, who earned $100 per day. This was the second jungle film in which Milland and Lamour co-starred for Paramount (see The Jungle Princess below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   19 Mar 38   p. 3.
Film Daily   18 Mar 38   p. 4.
Film Daily   22 Mar 38   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   8 Nov 37   pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter   3 Jan 38   pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter   2 Mar 38   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   19 Mar 38   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   21 Mar 38   p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald   25 Dec 37   p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald   26 Mar 38   p. 42.
New York Times   14 Apr 38   p. 27.
Variety   23 Mar 38   p. 16.

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