The Female Jungle (1956)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Held back from release for nearly a year, The Female Jungle finally received bookings on the strength of its "star", Jayne Mansfield. In fact, Jayne plays the relatively minor role of a trashy nympho; the emphasis is on neurotic police dectective Lawrence Tierney. Circumstantial evidence suggests that Tierney is responsible for the murder of a gorgeous film star--and since he was drunk at the time of the killing, even Tierney suspects himself. For a while, the number one candidate for the gas chamber is slimy gossip columnist John Carradine, but he's a bit too obvious to be culprit. Without giving away the ending, it can be noted that the murderer is played by a member of the film's production staff. Female Jungle was later reissued as Hangover.

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actor, alcoholism, investigation, investigator, killing, movie-camera, murder, police, promiscuity