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The Human Jungle (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 October 1954 (USA)
Danforth is assigned to take over the police department in a section of a large city saddled with juvenile delinquency, petty crimes, graft and also a recent unsolved murder of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs, William Sackheim (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Merrill ... Police Capt. John Danforth
Jan Sterling ... Mary Abbott
Regis Toomey ... Det. Bob Geddes
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... Det. Lannigan
Patrick Waltz ... Det. Strauss (as Pat Waltz)
Chuck Connors ... Earl Swados
Paula Raymond ... Pat Danforth
Emile Meyer ... Police Chief Abe Rowan
George Wallace ... Det. O'Neill
Chubby Johnson ... Greenie
James Westerfield ... Police Capt. Marty Harrison
Florenz Ames ... Leonard Ustick
Claude Akins ... George Mandy
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Wallace
Henry Kulky ... Matty
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Danforth is assigned to take over the police department in a section of a large city saddled with juvenile delinquency, petty crimes, graft and also a recent unsolved murder of a strip-tease dancer. Recognizing the laxity of the department he implements many changes and soon finds himself under fire by the newspapers, the attorney of a racket leader and the denizens of this human jungle. He calls this a cop's war that is the same as a soldier's war with the difference being that people hate cops. His cause isn't helped when a rookie policeman accidentally kills an innocent bystander. And he has to protect police informer Mary Abbott from Swados, a killer in the hire of the man behind the petty mobsters. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Police Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It Ain't Gonna Be You
Written by Max Rich
Sung by Jan Sterling
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Excellent crime drama
11 April 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

The Human Jungle recently came on BBC2 during the early hours (when most movies of this kind are screened) and was glad I taped it.

A police chief decides to get his men to make as many arrests as possible to try and reduce crime on the streets. People get arrested for all sorts of crimes, including theft, vandalism and burglary. There is also a murder to be solved. Things don't help with this zero tolerance policy when a copper accidentally shoots and kills an innocent man.

The Human Jungle gives you an idea on what life was like in a police station at this time and was made documentary style.

The cast includes Gary Merrill (Mysteroius Island), Jan Sterling (Split Second), Chuck Conners (Old Yeller) and Paula Raymond (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms).

I rather enjoyed watching The Human Jungle and watch it if you get the chance as it is rather obscure.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.


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