Jungle Goddess

Jungle Goddess is a 1948 American action/adventure crime film starring George Reeves, Ralph Byrd, and Wanda McKay. Directed by Lewis D. Collins, the film was based on an idea by producer William Stephens.

Jungle Goddess
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis D. Collins
Produced byWilliam Stephens
Screenplay byJo Pagano
StarringGeorge Reeves
Ralph Byrd
Wanda McKay
Music byIrving Gertz
CinematographyCarl Berger
Edited byNorman A. Cerf
Distributed byScreen Guild Productions Commonwealth Pictures reissue
Release date
  • August 13, 1948 (1948-08-13) (United States)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

Jungle Goddess was later featured in a Season 2 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.


In Africa, pilot Mike Patton is persuaded by his business partner, Bob Simpson, to conduct a search for a missing heiress whose plane supposedly went down in the jungle, resulting in her never being seen again.

Encountering an indigenous tribe of natives, Bob recklessly shoots a man. He is taken before a woman, Greta, who is being treated like a high priestess. Bob is sentenced to die, but when she gets Mike off to herself, Greta pleads with him to help her escape.

During a struggle, a gun goes off and a guard is left dead. With the tribesmen in pursuit, Mike and Greta are betrayed by Bob, who has gone mad. But after he is killed by a spear, Mike and Greta make it to the plane and safely get away.


  • George Reeves as Mike Patton
  • Wanda McKay as Greta Vanderhorn
  • Ralph Byrd as Bob Simpson
  • Armida as Wanama
  • Onest Conley as Drummer
  • Rudy Robles as Nugara
  • Jack Carroll as Accompanist
  • Dolores Castle as Yvonne
  • Fred Coby as Pilot
  • Helena Grant as Mrs. Fitzhugh
  • Reed Hadley as Radio Newscaster (uncredited)
  • Sam Harris as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Linda Leighton as Helen Phillips (credited as Linda Johnson)
  • William H. O'Brien as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Smoki Whitfield as Oolonga the witch doctor
  • Zack Williams as Chief M'benga

Production notes

The film was the first to be produced by Robert L. Lippert's independent production company, Lippert Pictures.[1]

Lippert borrowed George Reeves to star and filming began in June 1948.[2]


A Los Angeles Times reviewer who saw the film in a theater called it "so corny" that the audience "died laughing when they weren't razzing on it."[3]

The film was popular enough for a follow up Green Gold which became Thunder in the Pines.[4]

Home media

In 2006, Jungle Goddess was released on Region 1 DVD in the United States by VCI Home Video. The film was paired with another title starring George Reeves, Thunder in the Pines (1948).[5]


  1. Davis, Blair (2012). The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-budget Cinema. Rutgers University Press. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-813-55324-5.
  2. Schallert, E. (1948, May 28). Hodiak star in 'bribe,' carlson will produce. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/165839834
  3. Schallert, E. (1948, Oct 29). Powell duels with sultry jane greer; outlaw queen. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/165854083
  4. challert, E. (1948, Jul 13). Cameron story-buyer; 'green gold' slated. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/165891603
  5. Tye, Larry (2012). Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 353. ISBN 978-1-588-36918-5.
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