Jungle Jim number 2:
Jungle Jim (Johnn Weissmuller) is called to the rescue of the lost city
of Zam, a city rich in diamonds but now threatened by outsides from a
(nearby) port town - Calhoun (Joseph Vitale) and Captain Rawlins (Ralph
Dunn) - who, would you believe it, want to get their hands on the city's
riches. So Zoran (Nelson Leigh), leader of Zam, asks to hand Calhoun and
Rawlins over a bag of diamonds if they in return refrain from attacking
the city ... a stupid plan, if you ask me, but Jim agrees to go through
Meanwhile, Zam has been coincidently betrayed by Zoran's son Chot (Paul
Marion), who has taken many trips to the port town and fallen in love with
Norina (Myrna Dell), who incidently is the niece of Calhoun, and who is
hell-bent to get the location of Zam out of Chot.
Of course, in the course of events, everythign turns topsy turvey quite
a few times, and eventually both Jim and lovely Li Wanna (Elena Verdugo),
daughter of Zoran, are captured by Calhoun and Rawlins, and by threatening
Li Wanna, they get the location of Zam out of Jim.
Once arrived in Zam, Rawlins, Calhoun and their men quickly strip the
city of all their riches, but Jim's crow and doggie free him and Li Wanna,
and Jim calls his friends the gorillas (he saved one of them from a lion),
who soon enough battle and defeat the baddies ... Ah yeah, and in the
course of the proceedings, both Norina and Chot are allowed to die a
hero's death while Jim gets to fight a crocodile, a lion and two sharks.
This is a bad, trashy film, theere is no doubt about it, but if you
(like me) love cheap jungle pictures, you might as well like this one for
its short-comings and incongruencies: There is this lost city in the
jungle that looks suspiciously like 16th century Spain (and probably was
built for an entirely different film where it portrayed 16th century
Spain), that located about an hour's walk away from the next prot town and
that is inhabited exclusively by white natives, there are this
wonderful fake gorillas that even look more fake when paired with real
monkeys, and there is of course the clumsily included wildlife stock
footage, with at times the same shots repeated quite a few times.
As I said, it's not good - but it's heaven for the dedicated trash-fan.