WriterCarroll Young (story) Release dateDecember 15, 1948 (1948-12-15) CastJohnny Weissmuller (Jungle Jim), Virginia Grey (Dr. Hilary Parker), George Reeves (Bruce Edwards), Lita Baron (Zia) Similar moviesPygmy Island, Jungle Man-Eaters, Fury of the Congo, Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land, Jungle Manhunt, Killer Ape
TaglineROUSING SPECTACLE OF WILD ADVENTURE...ringing to the snarl of man-eaters and the death-beat of tom-toms!
Jungle Jim is a black and white 1948 adventure film starring Johnny Weissmuller, directed by William Berke and written by Carroll Young. It is based on Alex Raymond's Jungle Jim comic strip and was distributed by Columbia Pictures. It is the first picture in the Jungle Jim series that consists of 16 films originally released between 1948 and 1955.
In 1954, Columbia turned over its Jungle Jim rights to its television subsidiary, and in the last three films of the series Weissmuller's character is named "Johnny Weissmuller" instead of Jungle Jim. Devil Goddess (1955) was the last entry in the series, as well as being Weissmuller's last feature film.
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After attempting in vain to save a man from being mauled to death by a leopard, Jungle Jim discovers a vial containing an unknown potion. He takes it to district commissioner Marsden, who identifies it as being from the hidden temple of Zimbalu and brings in Dr. Hilary Parker to head up an expedition with Jim as her guide.
An opportunistic photographer, Bruce Edwards, follows as Dr. Parker seeks what she believes could be a miraculous breakthrough in medicine. Jim is more concerned that witch doctors use what's in the vial as a deadly poison. His trusty ally Kolu comes along and saves Jim when he is pushed off a cliff by Edwards. The favor is returned when Jim rescues Kolu from an attacking lion.
Accidents befall the expedition along the way, as Edwards ingratiates himself with the "devil doctors," only to later incur their wrath. The potion isn't the polio vaccine Hilary hoped it would be, but she expresses a willingness to work again with Jim in future adventures in the jungle.