Sheena Queen of the Jungle - Episode 15
Jungle Pursuit

Director Carl K Hittleman
Producer Edward Nassour
Executive Producer Ismael Rodriguez
Screenplay Lee Erwin
Story Supervision Joel Murcott

Sheena Irish McCalla
Bob Rayburn Christian Drake
Chim Neal

Mantu Girrard Wilson
Garth, the Warden Vail Morford
Chester, the Tax Collector Claude Brook

PLOT - NOTE: Spoiler warning
Mantu, the son and heir of Kimo, the recently deceased chief of the Askari tribe, has been wrongly accused of murder in Nairobi by Chester, a crooked tax collector (second from left).  Chester has stolen the Askari's tax payment that Mantu was delivering to Nairobi and has conspired with Garth, the warden of the local prison camp (far left), to keep Mantu silent by incarcerating him.  When Mantu escapes Sheena and Bob become concerned at his pursuers overly keen enthusiasm to kill Mantu (right).  When Mantu is wounded in the chase Sheena cares for him at her hut and learns that Mantu has never been before a judge (below).  She sends a talking drum message to fetch the Commissioner from Nairobi and stalls Chester and Garth with a vain chase through the jungle.  When the drums tell her the Commissioner has arrived she leads them back to her camp.  Garth and Chester become suspicious and in the struggle Bob is knocked unconscious, Mantu shoots Chester and Garth flees into the jungle.  Sheena follows through the trees, captures him and turns him over to the Commissioner.  Mantu is made the new chief of the tribe.

This well-written and suspenseful episode actually contains quite a bit of mystery, as the reason for the two government officials' obsessive quest to kill Mantu is not revealed until the final scene.  This episode also contains one of Chim's most impressive scenes when he is ministering to the wounded Mantu at Sheena's camp.  He offers Mantu food from a pot on the fire, holds a banana while Mantu eats, and offers him a drink from a coconut, all in quick succession (see video clip below).  The actor playing Chester, the crooked tax agent, is Claude Brook, who appears in several other episodes.  He is Andy, the crashed pilot, in Crash in the Jungle; Lewis, the scheming safari guide in Secret of the Temple; and he was also in Devil's Mountain, one of the lost episodes.  He also appeared in a couple of films: is only other credit, according to the Internet Movie Database, was the film Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956), which starred ex-Tarzan, Bruce Bennett.  As Herman Brix, Bennett appeared in The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) and Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1936).  Ismail Rodrequez, the Executive Producer of this series, was co-director of Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer.

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• The production credits and plot were taken from my DVD of this episode
• All of the photos used on this page are screenshots from my DVD of this episode
• The two video clips were uploaded to Youtube by me specifically to use on this web page
• Watch Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer, with Claude Brook, and co-directed by Ismael Rodriguez at Google Videos
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This page was updated February 2008