Sheena Queen of the Jungle - Episode 14
Eyes of the Idol

Director Carl K Hittleman
Producer Edward Nassour
Executive Producer Ishmael Rodriguez
Screenplay Roy Zehren
Story Supervision Joel Murcott

Sheena Irish McCalla
Bob Rayburn Christian Drake
Chim Neal

Rahzli Virgil Richardson
Chief Takora John Laboriel
Mr Evans Howard Bryant

PLOT - NOTE: Spoiler warning
Evans, who runs the local trading post, tells Bob that recently the Nokobo tribe have ceased trading and have begun stealing from him.  Sheena investigates and learns that the tribe have begun worshipping an unusual idol that has bright eyes and makes loud noises.  Bob is certain it is a stolen government jeep.  Rhazli, Bob's loyal bearer from the war, wanders into Bob's camp and Sheena is immediately suspicious of his smiling manner (right).  He claims to be on good terms with the Nokobos and takes them to the village, where he claims the new witchdoctor, speaking unseen from inside a hut, has offered to sell Bob the jeep for $200.  That night Bob is captured by Nokobo warriors and is sacrificed by being exposed to the poisonous exhaust fumes of the jeep, which is decorated like a large idol.  Bob falls unconscious but Sheena frees him.  Sheena is also captured but Bob revives and drives the jeep off it's stand and crashes into the witchdoctor's hut.  The unmasked witchdoctor is Rhazli, Bob recovers Mr Evans' stolen money, and Bob takes Rhazli to the police.

This wordy and improbable episode is low on action and is one of the weaker ones in the series.  Sheena doesn't have a lot to do and there is also quite a lot of padding from Miki Carter's stock footage of African scenery and animal shots.  Interestingly, Ishmael Rodriguez is credited as Executive Producer for the first time (see Page 1: The Nassour Brothers in the Filming in Mexico section).  The copyright notice is also moved from the final frame to the opening title shot (see above), and the Roman numerals of the copyright notice change from 1955 to 1956 for the first time.  I suspect that Rodriguez, whose company was providing production facilities in Mexico City, may have demanded greater recognition after the crew learned what a phenomenol success the series was when they returned to LA during the Christmas hiatus.  Virgil Richardson, who had appeared in two early episodes, The Test and Trade of the Killer, was in the episode before this one (Perilous Journey) and then appeared in five of the next six episodes.  Chim's trainer, Howard Bryant, who was also in The Ganyika Kid, appears for the second time, this time as Mr Evans, a recurring character (left).

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