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Female Jungle [DVD]

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  • Actors: Lawrence Tierney, Jayne Mansfield, John Carradine, Burt Kaiser, Kathleen Crowley
  • Directors: Bruno VeSota
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: dcd
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000260O1M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A police sergeant becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. He finds a series of clues which clear him of the charge, but implicate his best friend. Thus the moral dilemma in this Roger Corman cult classic centres around the cop's decision to either keep quiet or betray his friend. The film was held back for release for over a year until Jayne Mansfied, who plays a small part, became a star and the film was deemed bankable. DVD-R: This title is manufactured-on-demand when ordered from The Canny Store using the highest quality DVD-R discs.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aaken on 28 April 2004
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Female Jungle is the very first film to star Jayne Mansfield. The actressdidn't think much of a film that was shot in two weeks and lasts no morethan one hour!
In spite of all that, this little B movie has all theflavour of a 50's pulp novel.
'Hangover' was the original title - and gave more clue to what happens inthe film. The story evolves around the murder of an actress, a drunken copwho becomes the prime suspect, a gossip columnist and the cop's voluptuousneighbor. Cult cast with Laurence Tierney who will appear some 40 yearslater in 'Pulp Fiction', and Jayne Mansfield whose first 'starring role'would lead her to go back selling pop corn and giving piano lessons,although that was not to last very long.
Interesting as a film noirrarity, or as a period piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ketch - Published on
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Just a few short weeks ago "Dillinger" was showing on TCM (its wasn't a version I'd seen before). While it was certainly NOT a true depiction of John Dillinger's life of crime, the actor playing him was mesmerizing! I simply NEVER saw anyone so handsome look so mean! Further, this cold-eyed Adonis was a very capable actor! Later my son reminded me that I had liked his performance in Quetin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" too! OMG - THIS is what the actor who played Joe Cabot had looked like at twenty-six? Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to remember!

I've always enjoyed film noir (crime movies made on a shoestring - that are built around pretty terrific stories). I've since read a lot about Lawrence Tierney (and his acting brothers) and think it a shame his alcohol driven erratic behavior rendered him unmarketable.

My son purchased "Female Jungle" for me.

Already by the early-50's Tierney was getting second and third billing in "B" Movies. In "Female Jungle" he plays a police sergeant with a drinking problem and his performance was stellar! John Carradine also appears in the movie, and as one would expect, was only terrific. I think the stunningly beautiful Jayne Mansfield (just nineteen years old in this film) actually showed great promise. In reading about the making of this movie, I learned that the young lady in the lead had suffered some sort of emotional breakdown during the filming, which necessitated pumping up Mansfield's role. In the closing scene of the movie, that is not Ms. Crowley, but a stand-in, back to the camera. I have to think this must have been one difficult movie to make, when your "star" suffers a breakdown smack in the middle of filming.

It actually is a good story.....a beautiful and successful actress is killed when leaving the Club Can Can (not at all a usual haunt). One suspect has a strong motive, another can't recall what he did with four hours while intoxicated, a third suspect just seems mad at the world, and there is also a chance it was the work of a jealous wife!

Truth be told, if it hadn't been for the very capable acting on the part of Tierney and Carradine, this movie would have been impossible to care about. It was the very professional handling of their roles and dialog that keeps the viewer focused and interested in learning the outcome.

If you enjoy film noir (and watching actors who didn't just "phone it in") you will enjoy watching this movie.
awful 4 Oct. 2015
By librich - Published on
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Miserable writing, miserable direction. A waste of time. The sad thing is that Tierney wasn't put to better use. Watch Born to Kill and see how great he could be with a great script, a great director and an actress like Claire Trevor.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Male Bungle 24 Sept. 2002
By Carolyn Paetow - Published on
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The only thing jungley about this flick's females is Jayne Mansfield's leopard-print capris! From all accounts and first impressions, the trio of threatened lovelies seem to be tigresses. Yet, when confronted with real menace, they look like weaklings who couldn't shoo off a housecat! Any man unable to wend his way through this three-tree jungle would have to have some kind of problem--as, indeed, one of them does. Despite the jerky direction and leaky script, this on-the-cheap film noir has enough twists and turns to make for a good tale. Lawrence Tierney is even more watchable than usual in his multi-dimensional role as a hard-drinking police sergeant, and John Carradine imparts familiar mystery to his offbeat portrayal of a gossip columnist. Aficianados of fifties crime flicks, in particular, should be well satisfied.
Five Stars 22 Dec. 2014
By burney brandon - Published on
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Good movie. I like anything with Lawrence Tierney
2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
disappointed 18 April 2005
By James R. Edwards - Published on
I am surprised that this film (and I use that word loosely) was ever released. The writing/editing is deploreable. I tend to feel that there was much more to this film that laid on the bottom of a cutting room floor I am being kind here
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