Monday, May 26, 2014

On DVD: Ramar of the Jungle (1952)

Ramar of the Jungle lasted just two years (1952-4), but what some of you might not know is that this was one of the first series to be, at least in part, produced by England's ITC Productions, which was then under another name. The independent Arrow Productions got top billing in producing Ramar, but the history books tell that it was a collaboration with the future ITC, which was beginning to make inroads in the US.

Jon Hall had the title role as an American doctor working in Africa, where the natives gave him the name, Ramar. Funny thing was, half of the 1st season was shot in India, while everything else was filmed on location in Africa. I'd say it'd be hard to figure out the difference.

Following is the episode, "Evil Trek":




It comes across now, more than 60 years later, as a generic jungle adventure show. In other words, it doesn't really hold up as well as, say for example, the Tarzan movies of the same period.

Rating: C.

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