The adventures of the quartet who are lost in the Malayan jungle are episodic and disjointed, running the gamut from stark tragedy to unbelievable farce [from a novel by E. Arnot Robertson].
The adventures of the quartet who are lost in the Malayan jungle are episodic and disjointed, running the gamut from stark tragedy to unbelievable farce [from a novel by E. Arnot Robertson].The four frightened people are thrown together by a bubonic plague outbreak on the Dutch coastal steamer which was carrying them from their respective ports of departure back to civilization. In self-preservation they shanghai a lifeboat and meet a half-caste guide who thinks he can safely trek them through the jungle to the sea. The bombastic newspaper correspondent (William Gargan) talks like something out of Richard Harding Davis and never coincides with the post-Front Page conceptions of newspaperdom. Herbert Marshall is a chemist interested in Dutch plantation rubber, licked by life and a wife, who finds romance with the begoggled geography teacher from Chicago (Claudette Colbert) who likewise asserts herself in the jungle. Mary Boland is the wife of a British official which accounts for her presence. The DeMilleian bathtub penchant evidences itself even in the jungle when Colbert, sans cheaters and very Eve (when a playful chimpanzee steals her clothes), emerges with plenty of s.a. for both men. An introductory title heralds that the film was actually shot in South Pacific locations.
Four Frightened People
Paramount. Director Cecil B. DeMille; Producer Cecil B. DeMille; Screenplay Bartlett Cormack, Lenore J. Coffee; Camera Karl Struss; Editor [Anne Bauchens]; Music [Karl Hajos, Milton Roder, H. Rohenheld, John Leipold]
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 95 MIN.
Claudette Colbert Herbert Marshall Mary Boland William Gargan Leo Carrillo Tetsu Komai