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Genres are AdventureSci Produced in 1947, USA
Available Quality: DivX
Rating: 2.9 out of 10 (401 votes)
|Wilson Benge||John Miljan||Keith Richards||J. Edward Bromberg|
|Patricia Morison||Robert Lowery||Amira Moustafa|
Jean Preston leads a party to India to investigate the disappearance of her fiance, Greg Jones, but someone manages to thwart their efforts through lies and murder. They pursue the trail to Africa where guide Gary Lambert and his comic cook Gabby guide them into unknown territory. Greg is found living with Zita, a jealous and beautiful Amazon queen. The mysterious deaths continue as Lambert tries to discover who has been dealing in contraband ivory. When he solves that mystery, he also uncovers the identity of the mysterious murderer.
15 June 2013
Many lions, few amazons
If "Queen of the Amazons" is listed among the 10 worst films of the1940s at IMDb, I suppose it means a lot of films have been lost sincethen or are watched by nobody anymore. "Queen of the Amazons" isnothing particularly bad, just an average adventure flick that requiredplenty of archive footage of giraffes, elephants, a sinking ship etc.to fill the 60 minutes running time. "Queen of the Amazons" tells thestory of a lady who looks in India for her lost fiancÃ©. She is told"wrong continent!", because he actually went on a safari to Africa.Hey, we all make mistakes! Or maybe it was just because they also hadsome footage from an unfinished movie about India in the archive?Nevermind, the heroes soon continue the search in Africa, where lionsattack oftentimes, but the Amazons the title promises don't matter somuch. The script writer tried his best to provide some twists and turnsfor the story, so in the end, it wasn't as bad as the 2 out of 10average rating made me expect.
15 June 2013
Not science fiction, not that good
I only give this movie a 2 because I know there are far worse moviesout there. But this one's pretty much a stinker.Supposedly a science fiction movie, it is instead a tale of a group ofwhite people looking for the heroine Jane's fiancÃ©. They travel from'exotic' India, in which the natives are restless and must 'pacify'themselves with parades and games such as elephant tug-of-war, to'wild' Africa, in which the natives dance for every important occasion,lions regularly stalk their safari, and locusts swarm overhead.But the most dangerous thing around isn't the wildlife. It's the hiddencity of Amazons, white goddesses, who secretly rule the country withvoodoo. A city whose ruler has taken Jane's fiancÃ©. But is he hostage,or her willing sweetheart? Okay, you might say, white goddesses withvoodoo...that could be science fiction, right? If they have tech ormagic powers? Eh-eh. Nope. The Amazons are just women who rule over thenatives by some mysterious political process. Rather vain women, with aqueen who is pouty-feisty and requires praise on her looks, who claimsto be rough and ready but who stands screaming when the real bad guy(the poetry spouting chef/ivory smuggler) menaces her and Jane.So all in all, it's a pretty bad movie. You don't get much characterdevelopment, the racial stereotypes are painful, and it ends with aclunk. Oh, and did I mention it's not science fiction at all????
08 June 2013
Wife looking for her husband who disappeared on a safari finds herfirst clue in Akbar India, which leads to another safari in Africa. Herhusband turns out to be living with a white woman named Zeta in thejungle, and he's not really interested in leaving.This low budget movie is surprising in that it really makes you feelthat you're in the jungles of India and Africa. The African footagesare beautiful and for that alone, this movie might be worth a watch. Italso has the most scenes with tiger and lion actually wrestling a man -something we don't see n more modern movie.Acting and the entire mood of the movie is good. It's very watchableeven if the premise of the story is little unbelievable.Although low budget, this movie is lot better than many modern fantasymovies that their artificial props takes away from the atmosphere.
07 June 2013
Mutual of Omahas Wild Amazon Queendom
One of Edward Finney's most well-known films, Queen of the Amazons isthe story of a young woman (Patricia Morison), her guide,father-in-law, an absent minded professor, a cook and a man scorned whoall go on safari to hunt down her missing fiancÃ©. The film includes anumber of subplots ranging from the romance to murder mystery, andsomehow, it is all linked up to illegal ivory smuggling. The safari,inexplicably, launches from colonial India, and the search takes upmore than half the story.Most of the story is driven by transitional scenes between stockfootage of African wildlife, jungle scenery and well-acted actionscenes including animal attacks. The script, which takes on theresponsibility for drawing everything together and driving it along, isnot really up to the task. Dialog is used to establish virtuallyeverything the stock footage can not. Besides the bland camera-work,the often laughable stock footage, and the over-taxed script, thedirecting and editing are good. There are a few continuity errors, butnot as many as some reviewers have claimed. After all, this is Queen ofthe Amazons (who were written about by ancient Greeks 1500 years beforeEuropeans arrived in South America) not "Queen of the Amazon" (a rivernamed after the Greek stories). One, however, is worth watching outfor. Pat Morison is examining some stock footage of African Savannahanimals running away through binoculars. Just as she says "why are theyrunning away so fast?" we see a herd of gazelles in the binoculars -running in very slow motion.The cast performs very well given the limitations of the script andstory. The only acting disasters belong to the nevertheless likableAmira Moustafa (who had a remarkably short career). Many of the otheractors were veteran character actors, or on their ways to becoming so.What the film fails to do, despite a fairly strong effort, is togenerate any sense of drama or urgency. Nevertheless, it is not acomplete mess, and the stock footage is actually quite nice!
06 June 2013
Inexpensive Innovative Fun Patricia Morison and a Jungle Mystery
The film opens in India. We meet a professor type, a military type, ayoung seedy male type and a gorgeous female type. Hints are droppedabout how dangerous such a half-civilized place can be. The young womaninsists they find out what happened to "Greg", the Colonel's son whocame here a month since; a desk clerk proves unhelpful, and a youngwoman watches them. A silhouetted figure tells the man to detain theparty. The girl tells them of a safari attacked by a tiger--which mightnot have been "Greg's". Jean, (Patricia Morison) wants to talk with theyoung woman's husband, who was on the safari; we find out later, whenJean shows her "Greg's" picture, Greg was on the safari before thelast. The husband is shot while telling them Greg was after a fortunein ivory, in "Kybo", in Africa. Fortunately, no one heard the shot; theyoung man, Wayne, suggest they leave. They board a clipper for Africa.Wayne wonders why Jean doesn't give up. She tells him to quit, but thatshe won't. Once arrived, the Colonel gets them help, a guide, Gary, whohates women in wild places (Robert Lowery). The Commissioner fills themin on the man. Jean has to shoot bullseyes in the man's targets to winhim over. Gary recruits one Gabby as cook and we learn soon that Greghad been on a mission--a contraband ivory ring needed stopping. Theykill two days, then are off. At a village, they buy supplies and hirebearers. The chief mentions what they all fear is a white woman. Aflashback shows where a luxury liner sinks; the local "Amazons" aresurvivors of a shipwreck, females sent out in the available lifeboats.Days of trek later, they find a coin Jean gave to "Greg". That nightGary and Wayne drive off a lion, and Wayne and Gary argue; Wayne hintshe knows who's responsible for incidents that have scared the bearers.That night we learn Jean and "Greg" weren't that happy, Wayne is afrustrated suitor too, and Gary is interested. Next dawn, they find afootprint--and Wayne, with a spear in his back. Gary says the print wasmade by a white man; he wonders if it were "Greg" who made it. This isa dangerous zone, with locusts and lions. The native who found the cointakes off, pursued by someone, only to be eaten by a lioness--the onlyone who knew the way to find the "Amazons". He wasn't killed becauseuntil then, no one knew who had the directions...The chief and his menhunt down the offending lioness. We meet the mysterious white goddess,on the knee of a man painting a picture--"Greg". She asks if he istired of her; she's had the safari watched. Greg wants to meet theintruders. She insists he has to attend the Council--to keep hernatives in line. They kiss. But she, Zita, has plans. Back at camp, herheralds say only 3 can enter her court; it will be Gary, the Coloneland Jean. Zita prepares for the audience. Greg asks her to detain thesafari till he returns. The visitors are led in; Zita is cold. Garynotes a safari disappeared near here--everyone but Greg died therefore.Zita blames the trouble on her female warriors; she might have beenable to save the others, she says. They are entertained, Zita finds outJean has come for one reason--to find Greg. She wonders if ivory hadanything to do with their coming also. It is why they have to enforcetheir isolation. Zita tells how her mother taught the children of thesurvivors, and she became leader after her. She wonders about gettingwhite men for her women; then asks to speak to Jean alone; she saysGreg loves her. Jean says if he wants to be free, she'll not hold him.Zita talks about the "law of the jungle", that if she had not saidthat, she would have had her killed; She admits she may be half savage,but Greg means that much to her--and then offers to be friends. This isa sophisticated and powerful scene in every respect. Zita rescues theProfessor from two amorous Amazons and notes Gary and Jean have spentmuch time together. Gary interrupts her hints, to try to find out whois behind the nefarious goings on. It turns out to be Gabby the cook.Gabby pulls a gun and has the warriors herd everyone out but theladies. The safari folk come to rescue the captives, with a bit oftrickery; and Greg arrives with Amazons, so the Colonel and he have atalk while Gary is off rescuing the women. Gabby hurls a spear at Zita,but misses. Gary arrives there's a strong fight between the two; one ofthe Amazons kills Gabby with a dart. Next day, two happy couples aremarried. They go back with ivory heading to the real wild spots--NewYork nightclubs. Edward Finney produced, and also directed the filmwith Roger Merton its credited writer. The very talented cast includedgorgeous Patricia Morison as Jean, powerful J. Edward Bromberg as"Gabby", handsome Robert Lowery as Gary, John Miljan as narrator andthe Colonel, Amira Moustafa as Zita, Keith Richards as the lucklessWayne, Bruce Edwards as the Greg, and Wilson Benge as the Professor.The film's makers tried to break new ground in the plot; they usedstocj footage cleverly blended it into the inexpensive narrative. Thisfilm is memorable for several good reasons but especially PatriciaMorison.
06 June 2013
One of the so bad its good flicks
A woman tries to locate her fiance who is missing somewhere in thejungle.This is a movie to make strong men go slack jawed and wide eyed. At leasthalf its running time is stock footage only some of which matches the studioshot footage (or even other bits of stock footage). The narration is so outof touch with reality as to make one wonder was the author in on the scriptmeetings. Its truly an amazing film.To give you an idea, the film begins with the search starting in India, forno logical reason. It then switches to Africa and goes on from there, wherebits of plot from India come into play, like the native uprising in Indiaaffecting the natives in the African Jungle, or the shadowy presence tryingto stop the search.At least it moves. There's good action, and the actors are game if nothingelse.Is it worth watching?Yes. The film at least is trying to do something for its runningtime.Inept film making aside the only flaw is a long passage toward the end whereits just people talking. It doesn't last long and before long there's agreat big fight.On the purely enjoyable scale I give it seven out of ten.Perfect for a rainyday when you want to laugh at something.
06 June 2013
Why I enjoyed Queen of the Amazons
A very campy jungle film, with a woman whose husband has disappeared hiringa guide to try to help her find him. When they find him, he's got a junglebride and she decides to marry the guide. I enjoyed this movie alot.
05 June 2013
Want A Good Time Waster? This One Works Good.
A woman's husband has disappeared on an expedition into the jungle. Shehires a guide to take her into the jungle to find him. However, theydiscover that he has been captured by a savage female tribe. If youwant a good time waster, then this movie is just for you, because whileit isn't one of the worst movies that you'll ever see, it's quiteboring and is quite a waste of time. The movie was lacking decentacting, a good storyline, action, thrills, and let's not forget themain thing, excitement. I mean there was some action, but just WAY toolittle of it, if there was more action, the film probably would havebeen better, it also would have been better if the script and actingwere better too.Queen Of The Amazons is definitely not one of the worst movies that Ihave ever seen, I mean that it's better than a few of the other sciencefiction "classics" that I have been watching lately, but it is alsodefinitely not a movie that I would say is one of the greatest moviesthat I have ever seen, it's got a lot of what you'd see in a bad movielike this one, it's got bad acting, bad directing, bad props andscenery, and especially, bad writing. However, what somewhat does savethe movie are a few of the unintentionally laughable scenes, I meanthat the final battle near the end of the film was very silly, I waslaughing at it, and that's certainly not the reaction the filmmakerswere going for...or was it? The world may never know.So if you have an hour to waste, and want to watch a movie that willwaste that hour, just watch this film, it will definitely do the trick.I'll give this movie a rating of three stars out of ten. That ratingmeans that while it isn't at the rock bottom, it still is what you'dexpect to see from a cheesy movie like this. If you have an hour tokill, you should probably watch this, because who knows, you may end upenjoying it incredibly. Just because I didn't like it that much, thatdoesn't mean that you won't like it. Well anyway, this movie fulfillsall expectations of a "classic" sci-fi movie, don't miss out on the"fun!"3/10
02 June 2013
Queen of the Amazons and Stock Footage
Jean Preston travels with her intended father-in-law, friend WayneMonroe, and a milquetoast professor to the Middle East to find herfiancÃ© who disappeared when his safari was attacked. Jean's movementsare shadowed which leads to the death of a native who knows where andwhat purpose the safari was to meet. She learns he was last seen at apoint in Africa and plans to trek into the jungle with guide GaryLambert (who resents traveling with a woman in the jungle) and a cookGabby. Lambert also takes the journey since the safari was searchingfor ivory poachers and after being attacked, Wayne is mysteriouslykilled, and the safari is led off course on occasions,and Jean laterbegins to suspect someone into the troupe is sabotaging the traveler'sefforts. Eventually the safari makes its way to the village where Greg(Jean's fiancÃ©) is, which is an all white woman group, the onlysurvivors of a shipwreck, and Greg and Zita, chief of the Amazoniantribe, have fallen in love. Will Jean be able to cope, as well assurvive, with the safari attacks by a hostile group of natives led bythe mysterious leader? The movie started off well with nice mysteriousangles to the story, but after the 12 minute mark, it turned into everyminute of new footage is three of stock footage, which rarely matchedwhat was being filmed and served no purpose but to pad the film (andunintentionally bore the audience). The script was predictable, themystery villain was sure simple to figure, acting wooden, and has anending to make anyone groan. Rating, based on B movies, 2.
01 June 2013
Some old fashion brain fodder.
It called Queen of the Amazons, its in black & white, and its shot in1947. You should know exactly what you are about to watch. And if you watch to the end, you get to see a wonderfully bad stuntdouble replacement. In fact, one suspects on the day of shooting, theyrealized the mistake of booking two stunt doubles for the hero, andnone for the baddie, but we still went ahead anyway with the shoot.OK - there is lots of stock footage, and plenty of time devoted tofilming tricks performed by the monkey and bird, and any logic testwould fail the plot; yet, its not a 'bad' film. I strangely enjoyed Queen of the Amazons, its much like the comfySaturday afternoon black and white films I use to watch on TV 25yrs ago- it has a secret appeal to the 12 year old inside. It has a good pace,which stops you dwelling too long on the improbable of how they managedto justify the next piece of stock footage, or that the lion attacksinvolve the person holding onto the lion so he doesn't get away. But, I think my main reason for enjoying this was Patrica Morison; thefeeling you are watching someone who is better than the material shehas been given, but still gives the best within crippling limitations.I saw this on the TreeLine 50 SciFi DVD boxset - - so, invite a fewlike minded friends over for drinks and nibbles, sit back, and enjoysome old fashion brain fodder.
30 May 2013
Amazons in Africa?
While it brought back memories of a Saturday matinÃ©e, after seeing thison DVD I asked myself now that I'm much older, did it mention "Amazons"anywhere in the film? Or for that matter "Amazon Queen"? -- I thinkthey called her the White Goddess. Were there any Amazons, besides thetitle's maid, if you then count that as two? And doesn't it take placein Africa when it should be in South America? Did all this escape thescreenwriter? This movie is obviously aimed at kids. But parents shouldhave a little talk about geography and mythology after viewing thiswith them. Maybe that's a good thing. Anyhow, you can see why I gave ita 3.
30 May 2013
Good fun for cheapie movie fans
Queen of the Amazons is an ambitious low-budget hoot.Because the production staff tried to make the most of its resources,it's actually for the most part a reasonably paced film with plenty offun things to see behind the director's curtain. You get sillydialogue, narration written after the movie was shot, a boom mikedropping into view, an artsy silhouetted villain, the sharpshootingfemale lead who is suddenly helpless with a gun when her beloved isbeing attacked, and acres of stock footage.It appears that large portions of the film were written around the mostinteresting stock footage they could find, both in India and Africa.The Indian stuff is unnecessary to the plot, other than they had theneat footage, or so it seems. But watching them try to write around allof the unrelated (but somewhat intriguing) material is great fun.The climactic fight scene has one of the most delightfullydifficult-to-follow brawls I've ever seen, because the villain looksnothing like his stunt double and looks an awful lot like the otherstunt double! Time and again they cut in to a closeup with the regularactors and I was surprised, thinking that the villain was the other guyin the long shots!There are a couple of unique characterizations as well mixed in amongthe clichÃ©'s, including the Queen herself, a low-key 40s starlet withan accent, and a pre-beat period poetry-spouting cook.The trained animals are quite good and have a bit of fun footage,including a playful tiger who does a couple of great romps on somestunt doubles.I saw this movie as part of the 50 Sci Fi(!) Classics DVD collectionfrom Treeline, which is a low-budget and IMDb low-rated movie fan'sdream.Enjoy!
29 May 2013
For men must work and women must weep
(Some Spoilers) The movie "Queen of the Amazons" takes place not in theAmazon Basin in the jungles of South America but in darkest Africa'slion and elephant country. As for the fierce and feared, by the nativesin the region, Amazon women warriors there about as threatening as thewomen on HBO's "Sex and the City" and as far as I could see-or count-there was only two of them in the entire movie.The movie actually begins in India where Jean Preston is looking forher husband, or is it fiancÃ©e, Greg who was lost on a tiger huntingsafari a month earlier. As it turns out Greg ended up in Africa wherehe was taken prisoner by a group of woman Amazon Warriors lead by theirleader the fearless and beautiful Queen Zita. With the switch inlocations, from India to Africa, we get to see lots of stock footage oflife in the wild as well as natives doing their thing in dance routinesbody piercing and an amazing, all caught on camera, lion hunt where thenatives take on the king of beasts with nothing more then spears andarrows!To spice the story up a bit we have Greg working undercover for thelocal authorities to infiltrate and smash a contraband ring dealingwith ivory tusks. Greg ends up-being the only man around- becomingQueen Zita's lover which greatly, after she finds that fact out fromthe Queen herself, upsets his fiancÃ©e Jean Preston. The real hero ofthe movie turns out to be Great White Hunter Gary Lambert who togetherwith his friend and five star chief, or cook, Gabby leads theexpedition into the jungle to find Greg.Gary soon realizes that there's a traitor-who's working for the illegalivory smugglers-in his group that includes, besides Gabby, Greg'sfather Col. Jones this nutty professor & friend of the Preston familyWayne Monroe. Gary as well as the films director also realizes, in themovie really going nowhere fast, that he has to find out who thetraitor is before the entire movie audience falls asleep from boredom!Well you can say the movie did pick up in the final minutes with Gary &Co. having it out with the contraband ring and the person behind it,after he came out in the open, getting his just deserts; A poison dartshot from a blowgun by the other Amazon-besides Queen Zita-in themovie. As death was quickly overtaking him the guy-the traitor- stillhad to go on reciting his awful poetry that besides those of uswatching had even the wild animals, like monkeys and exotic birds,going nuts!
28 May 2013
A great time waster
I just watched this film on my computer at work (on my lunch break).What I find amazing is how a whole movie could be constructed aroundsome African safari stock footage and still be entertaining in a junkyway. The 1940's stock character actors do their best to put the plotacross and for me it works as a grade B campfest. The men are eitherhandsome and stalwart or older and rather dithering and the women lookgreat in that 1940's glamor sort of way. I love that all the jungleamazons look like they stepped out of a Hollywood beauty parlor in fullmake up. The action scenes are hilariously hokey and you'll have funpointing out the mistakes in continuity. As the way to pass an hour Iprefer this kind of fun trash to some TV reality show or CSI Wherever.
28 May 2013
Amazon Queen Finds A Husband
The career of Patricia Morison is a strange one. She was a great singerwith a fine soprano voice yet was never used in Hollywood in musicals.I recall her being a fine villain in a Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmesmovie, maybe that was the best of the B films she did. Yet on Broadwayshe reached stardom in playing the female lead in Kiss Me Kate.But I don't think she ever sunk so low as in this independent B filmQueen Of The Amazons. She's not in the title role, she's just lookingfor her fiancÃ© who disappeared on safari years ago.Great white hunter Robert Lowery guides Morison into the African junglelooking for Bruce Edwards. They've got a dual purpose in mind, also totry and find who's been killing the great elephants of Africa for theirivory. That's what Edwards was doing when he disappeared. When they do find him, he's having a great old time with a tribe ofwhite female Amazons, their chief has made him the object of heraffections. And Queen Amira Moustafa isn't about to let Morison reclaimhim. Not that it's an issue because she's already eying Robert Lowerythe same way. It's great to see those jungle Amazons keeping up withthe latest Forties fashion.A whole lot of stock jungle footage gets used here to pad things out.Road To Zanzibar had more going for it than this item.
27 May 2013
What wild woman want
Catchy title belies the meagre production values and soap operarendition concerning a woman (Morison) searching for her missing fiancÃ©(Edwards) in the unforgiving jungles of Africa. A stern voice-overnarrates the picture as the actors recount their experiences throughflashback, which amount to piles upon piles of stock footage. There's afew well-orchestrated animal attacks (tiger, lion) and some sexualtension between leading man Lowery and Morison, while an elusiveAmazonian woman (Moustafa) and the hunt for a murderous ivory smugglerspices up the adventure.Kudos to the animal wranglers who've done a pretty decent job withtheir charges, while the leads Morison and action-man Lowery, acquittheir roles with melodramatic intensity. Undistinguished cast otherwisefeatures familiar names Darby Jones in a bit part as a native chief,and Cay Forester as a leopard-skin bikini-clad maid to Moustafa, a very'westernised' jungle monarch, but it must be acknowledged, not anespecially fluent actress.Typical jungle frolic is a spear-chucking success on a B-grade scale,and while nothing too serious, possibly earns a cult credit or two forits absurd hokum, gloriously typified by its banal closing line "wildlifestyle? .. ha, you should see our nightclubs". Cut and print.
26 May 2013
Little Pieces of Action, Romance and Mystery
Although I found this movie to be enjoyable, I must say that it has itsshare of flaws. Except for possibly Patricia Morison (as "JeanPreston") the acting wasn't very good. Likewise, the dialogue was cheapand the humor was corny. Additionally, there was so much stock footagethat I thought I was watching a documentary at times. Along with thatthere were obvious cuts made which caused the film to seem a bit choppyat times. But as I mentioned earlier, I still enjoyed it for no otherreason than the fact that it was a good story which had little piecesof action, romance and mystery rolled into one. Also the fact thatPatricia Morison was kind of pretty didn't hurt either. In any case,while this film certainly could have been much better, overall Isuppose I have have no complaints.
26 May 2013
Well, you wanted jungle, from here on youve got it.
The fact that nothing about this movie makes any sense is what alsogives it it's dubious charm. I have to say the movie's opening had apretty decent hook with the elephant procession in Akbar, India, whilea pretty but demure Indian girl held out the hope of a mysteriousadventure. Once on safari though, things take a downhill turn aswildlife stock footage threatens to overtake the main story, easilyeating up a third of the film.Even the movie's title, "Queen of the Amazons" turns out to be acontradiction, as the main story plays out in Africa. In retrospect,the action could have taken place in South America just as easily, butthen the film would be making a concession to at least one plot point.After all the intrigue inspired by talk of bad voodoo surrounding thejungle white goddess/she devil, it's almost comical to observe theAmazon Queen Zita (Amira Moustafa) coochie cooing with her boyfriendGreg Jones (Bruce Edwards). Greg never bothered to get in touch withhis fiancÃ©e about a change in plans, so now Jean Preston (PatriciaMorison) is leading the search to find him.Side stories abound in this clunker, as expedition guide Gary Lambert(Robert Lowery) has it bad for Jean after it was established that heconsiders women on safari a nuisance. There's also the identity of anivory poacher to be revealed, which doesn't take too much to figureout. Hint, it's the cook spouting bad poetry (J. Edward Bromberg), whocould have been given any kind of name besides Gabby, because afterall, Gabby belongs in a Western.By the time it's all over, you'll be pretty much standing on your headtrying to sort this all out. Fearless Zita (remember that speech toJean) screams in fright when Gabby throws a spear in her direction. Theicing on the cake though is the double ring ceremony at the end of thefilm, with the Amazon leader proclaiming that she's ready to leave herparadise - huh? It was at that point that Greg Jones' earlier commentmade a whole lot of sense to me - "Zita dear, you're quite a queen."
26 May 2013
Queen of National Geographic
Like many of the other people who might be watching this movie thesedays, I caught this as part of Mill Creek's "SciFi Classics" 50 MoviePack, and no, I have no idea what this movie has to do with ScienceFiction. It's really more of a safari adventure with a group of whitefolks in some far eastern jungle (the name of the town in the beginningis "Akbar," but damned if I know where that is; the stock footagesuggests India) surrounded by overly friendly natives and other whitefolks. In truth, most of the natives were genuine, but only becausethis movie is filled with stock footage. The stock footage, in fact,takes up a large portion of this film, with narration apparentlywritten around it detailing events that, outside of the stock footage,is never actually shown.The movie opens with a small group of Americans showing up in thejungles of the far east, searching for one Greg Jones, son of ColonelJones (John Milijan) and fiancÃ© of Jean Preston (Patricia Morison).During their expedition, they hear talk of a tribe of white women,known as "white she-devils." They are thought to have some connectionto the disappearance of Greg Jones, and, of course, my first thought isthat Greg encountered them and figured it might be worth stickingaround--you know, as the one guy in a society of women. Sounds like apretty good deal, don't you think? Sure enough, Greg (Bruce Edwards)has gotten his hands in the pants of the tribe's leader, a ratherattractive brunette named Zita (Amira Moustafa) who speaks brokenEnglish in a high-pitched, nasal voice. She sort of reminds me of SarahPalin, to be honest.Since Greg has taken up residence amongst Zita and the She-Devils, itseems only reasonable that Jean should submit to the proposals ofanother man. In this case, the other man is Gary Lambert (RobertLowery), the expert that they brought along on their mission. Oddlyenough, when Jean finds out that Greg has been getting it on with Zita,she seems fairly unconcerned; likewise, Greg doesn't really care at allthat Gary has taken an interest in his ex-fiancÃ©. This is what cinemawas like in the days before Jerry Springer, I guess. By the end of themovie, Gary marries Jean, and Greg marries Zita. The whole thing isvery Shakespearian, if Shakespeare had filled his plays with fightinganimals and dancing African natives residing in the far east.QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS: Honestly, if you're interested in seeing thismovie, it's best to seek it out online. It can probably be found forfree somewhere amongst the cyberclutter. This one is for fans of theera and the genre only...all three of them.
25 May 2013
Dont judge too harshly - its not entirely bad
Heck! It was different time altogether. What made for excitement in1947 is merely amusing, boring, or fascinating depending on yourattitude towards films and movies.I watched it. I enjoyed it despite the amazing plot holes. The firstthing you will note that the movie takes place mostly in Africa eventhough the Amazon is in South America. Oh, but this is about a strangewhite women's tribe living the jungle so they must be Amazons. Oh, andthe white women's tribe is mysterious in its nature even though theorigin is very well known and no-one ever decided to go rescue thesurvivors of the shipwreck. I can't figure it out so it is best not totry.Stock footage runs amok. It doesn't always match or even come close inthe continuity of details department or even in film granularity. Onehilarious example occurs when the lead actress looks through atelescope at the wildlife and notes how they are all in a hurry. Thenwe are treated to stock footage of a herd of gazelles jumping away - inslow-mo. Ha ha! We must have been shown footage of 5 or 6 differenttribes of people which were lumped together in this film to representone tribe. We even were privy to stock footage of trees which are notnative to Africa - but there they are growing on the landscape. It'spretty awkward but no-one probably noticed in 1947. That wasn't thepoint back, I suppose. This movie is here to entertain or fill time. Itdoes both.The acting is surprisingly competent enough by most although thereseemed to be an abundance of inappropriate smiling, especially by thelead actress who gets a good share of close-ups. Yeah, she's pretty.But for a woman who has lost her fiancÃ© to the jungle she just doesn'tseem very upset. She is simply determined to go on with the safari eventhough her feelings for her fiancÃ© are seriously challenged by anotherman in her party.Meanwhile, her fiancÃ© has fallen for the 'Amazon' queen but has decidedto be a rat and not tell anyone. Apparently he thought no-one wouldcare if he simply vanished along with the rest of his earlier safariparty.Meanwhile the Amazonians get the blame for all the mysterious deaths inthe region. They are determined to remain secret and keep theirterritory safe from outsiders - except for the one lone male which theQueen keeps for herself. Considering how awesome this tribe of whitewomen must be since they can overwhelm a safari without much problem -you never see more than 3 of the white women tribe. In fact, they putup no defense whatsoever during the eventual incursions into their campby the antagonists - except for a well-timed blowgun incident.Meanwhile the Queen says she will kill to keep her man but we can stillbe friends. Huh?? Others have noted and I will reinforce - this is nota movie to get all serious about. These are the movies I saw when I wasyoung and it is really quite lame - but still it has a charm. It triesto be fun and succeeds a few times.The ending moans and groans. But at least it's happy and doesn't setyou up for a sequel.Rainy day fodder when you are not so critical. Bring a pillow.