Drums Of Africa (Jungle Man) (1941)

Sheila Darcy-Buster Crabbe

Buster “Flash Gordon” Crabbe and Charles “Ming The Merciless” Middleton are together again in this go nowhere story about a search for the lost city of the dead in Africa and the search for a cure for an epidemic.

Bruce and Andy are heading for Africa to find the lost city of the dead. Bruce’s fiancee Betty (Sheila Darcy) and her father William are coming along. They’ll all drop in on Betty’s Uncle Jim (Charles Middleton). He’s a missionary.

The jungle drums announce the arrival of Betty and company. Also at the village is Dr.Robert “Junga” Hammond (Buster Crabbe). He came up with a formula for the dreaded malacca disease. Now he’s waiting for the serum from the U.S. to see if it works.

Bruce and Andy head off on their quest leaving Betty and her father behind. They’re being led by inept safari leader Buck (Vince Barnett). Considering how Betty looks in a sarong and Junga hasn’t seen a woman in a while it may not have been the best idea.

After Buck gets attacked by a boa constrictor there’s the city. Now the movie’s big payoff. Bruce and Andy, cameras in hand, go into the city. They take pictures and then………they leave. Wow, that was exciting.

Back at the village a rival native tribe is sneaking in. Good thing the Rev has a pet tiger named Satan. Betty brings back a lion cub. Now a pride of lions show up. Good thing Dr.Buster put some moves on one of them to make all of them go away.

The ending of the movie comes out of nowhere. If you like stock footage of animals there’s plenty of that.  As a Flash Gordon fan I did get a kick out of seeing Buster and Charles together again but that’s not enough to say the movie is worth seeing. The storyline is weaker than an eight year old tea bag.


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