A group of vacationers go on an expedition to Africa so a chick (Sheila Darcy) can be reunited with her missionary brother (Charles Middleton). Along the way they encounter a heap of stock footage of elephants, tigers, leopards, and monkeys. Eventually, she meets up with her bro and predictably falls in love with his hunky assistant (Buster Crabbe) who is looking for a cure to a mysterious jungle malady. After the explorers go on a sightseeing trip to the “City of the Dead”, they return with the deadly disease. Of course, only Dr. Studly has what it takes to cure them.
Drums of Africa is your average run of the mill no frills 1940’s jungle picture. Nothing more; nothing less. It’s heavily padded with stock footage, flashbacks of stock footage, and (you guessed it) more stock footage. Seriously, this movie is only an hour long but I swear that half of it is nothing but stock footage. I don’t know; I was kinda in the mood for this sort of thing so it didn’t bother me too bad. If anything, Drums of Africa gives you the cheap thrill of seeing mortal enemies Flash Gordon and Ming the Merciless playing on the same side for once. That’s a small consolation prize I know but in a creaky jungle movie like this one; you take what you can get.
AKA: Jungle Man.