Sheena Queen of the Jungle - Episode 2
The Renegades

Director Arthur Pierson
Producer Edward Nassour
Screenplay & Story Supervision Joel Murcott

Sheena Irish McCalla
Bob Rayburn Christian Drake
Chim Neal

Logan Robert Shayne
Brunner John Banner
Keegle John Alvin
Chief Karoo Anthony Ghazlo

PLOT - NOTE: Spoiler warning
Bob is guiding a mine's security officer, Logan (right), in pursuit of two diamond thieves, Brunner and Keegle, who have stolen a bag of uncut diamonds.  The thieves agree to supply rifles to the savage Kitari tribe in exchange for protection in their domain and Sheena agrees to help Bob track them into the Katari lands.  Brunner knocks Keegle unconscious in an argument over Keegle's share of the diamonds and then he and Karoo, the Kitari chief, race to the village to set a trap for their pursuers.  Brunner hides the bag of diamonds inside the mouth of a carved idol and Sheena and Bob are captured when they arrive at the village.  Logan discloses he is Brunner's accomplice and when they realise Chim has taken the bag of diamonds Logan forces Sheena to go into the jungle to retrieve them, using Bob as a hostage.  Brunner, becoming worried, races into the jungle and finds Chim, but he is shot by Logan, who has followed him.  Karoo then shoots Logan.  Sheena and Bob find that Chim has emptied the pouch of diamonds and they decide that the diamonds are better off lost in the jungle.

This is the only episode that has "Filmed in Hollywood, California" in the final credits, indicating that that this may be the original pilot of the series (see Page 3: The Pilot Episodes in the Filming In Mexico section).  It has two highly recognisable guest stars - Robert Shayne and John Banner.  Shayne had been appearing in films and TV since the 1930s and at the time he would have been well known to TV audiences from his regular appearance as Inspector Henderson on The Adventures of Superman, which began broadcasting in early 1953.  John Banner (left), who would go on to achieve lasting success for his hilarious portrayal of Sgt Schultz on TV's Hogan's Heroes in the late-1960s, had been around in films and TV since the early 1940s.  He had appeared in King Solomon's Mines with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr in 1950 and was a regular guest on television in shows like 77 Sunset Strip and The Untouchables.  The opening scene of Sheena in the jungle shower and Chim stealing her tunic may have been a ploy to arouse the interest of potential buyers of the series.

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• The production credits and plot were taken from my DVD of this episode
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• See a lengthy Robert Shayne filmography at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
• See a lengthy John Banner filmography at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
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This page was updated February 2008