The Jungle Princess

The Jungle Princess is a 1936 American adventure film directed by Wilhelm Thiele starring Dorothy Lamour and Ray Milland.

The Jungle Princess
Film poster
Directed byWilhelm Thiele
(as William Thiele)
Produced byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Screenplay byCyril Hume
Gerald Geraghty
Gouverneur Morris
Story byMax Marcin
StarringDorothy Lamour
Ray Milland
CinematographyHarry Fischbeck
Edited byEllsworth Hoagland
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 27, 1936 (1936-11-27)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$600,000 (estimate)


Christopher Powell is in Malaya with his fiancée and her father, capturing wild animals. While out hunting, he is attacked by a tiger, and his native guides run away, leaving him for dead. But the tiger is the pet of Ulah, a beautiful young woman who grew up by herself in the jungle. She rescues Chris and takes him back to her cave, where she nurses him to health and falls in love with him. When he eventually returns to camp, she follows. His fiancée is jealous, and the natives do not like Ulah or her pet tiger either, all of which leads to a lot of trouble.



The Jungle Princess was a major hit and launched Lamour's career as one of the leading stars of the era, often cast in similar sarong-clad jungle adventure romances, which led to her playing leading lady to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the Road to... musical comedy movie series beginning four years later.

The Indonesian film Terang Boelan (1937) was partially inspired by The Jungle Princess.[1][2]


  1. van der Heide, William (2002). Malaysian Cinema, Asian Film: Border Crossings and National Cultures. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-90-5356-580-3.
  2. Biran, Misbach Yusa (2009). Sejarah Film 1900–1950: Bikin Film di Jawa [History of Film 1900–1950: Making Films in Java] (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Komunitas Bamboo working with the Jakarta Art Council. p. 169. ISBN 978-979-3731-58-2.

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