Sheena Queen of the Jungle - Episode 23
The Magic Bag

Director Carl K Hittleman
Producer Edward Nassour
Executive Producer Ismael Rodriguez
Screenplay Bud Lesser
Story Supervision Joel Murcott

Sheena Irish McCalla
Bob Rayburn Christian Drake
Chim Neal

Dr Becker Frederick Becker
Nugu John Wilson
Biago John Clythus
The Emperor Virgil Richardson

PLOT - NOTE: Spoiler warning
Bob's agrees to take Nugu, a distressed teenage boy, with him on a photography assignment into the dangerous Nagambo country because the boy's home is near his destination.  On route Bob's safari meet a lone unarmed Swiss doctor, Dr Becker, who is searching for the secret of the miraculous boka drug (right).  Becker becomes highly excited when he learns that Nugu knows all about boka.  Nugu is injured by a charging rhino but Dr Becker revives him quickly with an injection of adreneline.  When Becker's bag goes missing Sheena goes after Nugu and and learns he only wanted to learn the white man's magic that cured him (below).  Nugu, Chim and the bearers mysteriously disappear overnight and Sheena, Bob and Becker are captured by Nagambo warriors.  The Nagambo emperor wants to know where his son is but they are unable to answer.  The emperor is about to execute them all when Nugu arrives and tells his father that Becker saved his life.  The emperor and Becker exchange information about boka and western medicine and they are accepted by the Nagambos.

This is my least favourite episode in the whole Sheena series, mostly because it appears shabbily thrown together and is just plain dull and stupid.  The script is very sloppy, but there are also several blunders in the direction.  For example, Bob suddenly refers to Nugu by name, despite the fact that the traumatised boy has not spoken since they met him.  Bob's assignment is to photograph baboons and at one stage he exclaims, "Look at those baboons play," (photo above) and we are show four young chimpanzees frolicking.  I suspect this kind of carelessness would have even been noticeable to less-sophisticated 1950s audiences.  When Nuqu is attacked by the bull rhino the only injury he sustains is passing out from fright and he is up and running around after an injection of adrenaline. The Nagambo head man is called an "emperor", which suggest they had forgotten the series was filmed in Africa.  This series was never a first class piece of work, but this episode is abysmally below the low standard they had set as their benchmark.  It does, however, have the obligatory Sheena-in-bondage scene (see film clips below).

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• The production credits and plot were taken from my DVD of this film
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This page was updated February 2008