Jungle Jim is a 26-episode syndicated adventure television series which aired from 1955-1956, starring Johnny Weismuller, as Jim “Jungle Jim” Bradley, a hunter, guide, and explorer in, primarily, Africa. The program should not be confused with Ramar of the Jungle, but is based on the Jungle Jim comic strip created by Alex Raymond and Don Moore. Starring with Weismuller were Martin Huston as Jungle Jim’s teenage son, Skipper; Dean Fredericks (also known as Norman Fredric) as Haseem, the Hindu manservant, and Neal, a chimpanzee from the World Jungle Compound, as Tamba. Paul Cavanagh played Commissioner Morrison in nine episodes.
Season 1 Ep. 01: Man Killer
A novice hunter shoots a lion but fails to kill it, unconcerned with Jim’s warning that a wounded animal is a danger to all in the jungle. Skipper and Tamba follow behind the hunter to protect their animal friends, but they are all soon cornered by the enraged lion, and it’s up to Jim to save them.
Based upon the successful run of Jungle Jim films, comic strips, and radio shows, Johnny Weissmuller recreates his Jungle Jim movie role for this action/adventure series.
Along with Skipper (his son), Kaseem (his Hindu manservant), and Tamba (the chimp), Jungle Jim’s adventures took him all over the world, with plenty of danger and villains along the way.
Cast and Crew:
Johnny Weissmuller, Martin Huston and Dean Fredericks
Writer: Dwight V. Babcock
Production Company: Screen Gems Television
Original Air Date: 1955
Audio & Video: Mono – Black & White
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