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Eyes Across the Jungle

At the meeting point of two of our on-going series, "The Camera Moves" and "Reverses", comes this thrilling, snaking, erotic trick shot.
Two-thirds of the way along The Road to Singapore (1931)—not the Hope and Crosby entry, but one of those tropical-hell melodramas that proliferated like exotic weeds in the early thirties—comes this sequence that happens to travel between the Camera Moves (this would be #7) and Reverses (#3) series. Restless wife Doris Kenyon has just rebuffed local lothario William Powell; they've retired to their respective bungalows, but “there’s no use trying to sleep with those drums going.” So the camera snakes across the jungle, performing a series of switchbacks between live action and papier-mâché landscape to arrive at a long-distance eye-lock that signals the inevitable.
Wow. Very interesting sequence.
Very nice. Love the jungle set and camerawork.
Thanks Juliet! The fact that someone (one wonders who, exactly) had the idea for this sequence is pretty fine in itself. In addition, the execution of the idea, no doubt on a tight budget, is excellent. Wish I had been there.
Stu: Thank Danny for wanting to post it! And, yes, it would be interesting to know how this oddity came about — did someone find a model jungle sitting around the studio, or was it built just for this sequence?

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