Starring Johnny Weissmuller, Carol Thurston, Max Palmer, Burt Wenland,
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Runtime: 71 min.
Print Quality: B
Killer Ape is one of the most violent entries in Columbia's "Jungle Jim"
series. In this outing, Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) finds out that members of
the Wazuli tribe are selling animals to white hunters. These animals are in
turn used for illegal research in a scheme to create drugs for bacterial
warfare. Before Jim can foil the villains' plans, he must first clear himself
of a murder charge. The film's title derives from the tribesmen's habit of
wearing ape costumes to scare away outsiders. As usual, many of the
film's best scenes go to Tamba the Chimp, who gets even more screen
time than leading lady Carol Thurston.