Wednesday, November 13, 2013
When the Law of the Land Is the Second Amendmant
I've long heard of this film, but I never knew what it was about (I think I always mistook it for 1966's run-for-your-life nail-biter, The Naked Prey). The description of The Naked Jungle on the Comcast grid:
"Charlton Heston plays a plantation owner threatened by soldier ants."
Here's the problem with Chuck: he's so obsessed with guns that, whatever the threatening situation, he deals with it using firearms, regardless of how ill-suited they may be. I wonder how that shotgun worked out for him against thousands of marauding ants? I assume the film ends with Chuck blowing his legs off as he tries to shoot the numerous ants crawling up him...eventually lying in his own gore, angrily lamenting his foolish faith in guns between wails of insufferable agony...
What the hell did those NRA nuts see in this dope anyway?
Furthermore, The Naked Jungle was released in 1954—how did they know Heston was gonna win the Oscar for Ben-Hur five years later? Hell, how did they know Ben-Hur was even gonna be made???
(For more on Charlton Heston and his gun fixation, see the Mount Drinkmore post, "Heston Peace, Charlton," of April 11, 2008, located in the archive at left, or use keywords Charlton Heston, entertainment, film, or In Memoriam.)
(Image of The Naked Jungle movie poster copyright Paramount Pictures.)