PRIMESITEUK
Shopping & Product Reviews

The Naked Jungle – 1954 – Charlton Heston

Moved by lonely letters written to her brother, a widow agrees to marry his brother by proxy, the relationship appears doomed ...until ...

In 1901, Joanna arrives from New Orleans at a South American cocoa plantation to meet her new husband (whom she married by proxy), plantation owner Christopher Leiningen. This has been arranged by his brother in New Orleans.

Leiningen is upset that she is a widow, as he wished to marry a virgin. She tells him a piano plays better if it has already been played.

Leiningen is cold and remote to her, rebuffing all her attempts to make friends with him. She is beautiful, independent, and arrives ready to be his stalwart helpmate.

There is a strong sexual tension, which appears hard to resolve. Although there is mutual softening, he still decides to send her back to the US. Leiningen decides to advance this plan by a month when he hears from the local commissioner of a potential attack by an army of ants (marabunta), as he does not wish her to be harmed.

As she awaits the boat to take her back to the United States, they learn that legions of army ants – the “marabunta” – will strike in a few days’ time. Leiningen refuses to give up the home he fought so hard to create.

Instead of evacuating, he resolves to make a stand against this indomitable natural predator. The ants take several days to arrive and during that time their joint effort brings them closer and love begins to blossom. Joanna joins the fight to save the plantation.

Leiningen’s most drastic action is blowing up a timber dam to flood his own estate, washing the ants away …

ADS BY GOOGLE

HOW TO WATCH USING LANGUAGE SUBTITLES / HARD OF HEARING

GO TO YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS, SELECT ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS AND TURN THEM ‘ON’

SUBTITLES IN YOUR LANGUAGE WILL AUTOMATICALLY APPEAR AS YOU WATCH THE MOVIE.

Credits :

Directed by : Byron Haskin

Screenplay by : Ranald MacDougall, Ben Maddow and Philip Yordan

Based on : Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

Produced by : George Pal

Cinematography : Ernest Laszlo

Edited by : Everett Douglas

Music by : Daniele Amfitheatrof

Colour Process : Technicolor

Production Company : Paramount Pictures

Distributed by : Paramount Pictures

Release Date : March 3, 1954

Genre : #romance – #adventure – #love

Cast :

Eleanor Parker as Joanna Leiningen (Selby)

Charlton Heston as Christopher Leiningen

Abraham Sofaer as Incacha

William Conrad as Commissioner

Romo Vincent as Boat Captain

Douglas Fowley as Medicine Man

John Dierkes as Gruber

Leonard Strong as Kutina

Norma Calderón as Zala

Pilar Del Rey as Indian Wife

Bernie Gozier as Gruber’s Indian

Jerry Groves as Gruber’s Indian

Leon Lontoc as Indian

John Mansfield as Foreman

Ronald Alan Numkena as Indian Boy

Rodd Redwing as Indian

Jack Reitzen as Fat Man

Carlos Rivero as Indian Husband

Film Information Source :

Copyright Protected :

ALL RIGHTS TO THIS MOVIE REMAIN WITH THE OWNERS

Help & Support :

If you would like to see more classic movies like this or request to be added, simply send us a message using the form below, and we’ll let you know, subject to ‘copywrite’, when it has been added for you 🙂

NEWSLETTER

Be sure to subscribe to our periodical newsletter so whenever we have movie-related news, you’ll be the first to know!

ADS BY GOOGLE

You might also like