Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The Mystery Of The Nervous Lion

The boys are despatched by Alfred Hitchcock to Jungle Land, where the owner - Hitchcock’s friend Jim Hall - is having trouble with a nervous lion and not just that - escaped jungle animals, mysterious intruders and a film crew who keep getting in the way, also make an appearance. I’ve always considered this a weak story (certainly the weak link in the series) and, whilst this read disproves that, I can see why it was long-held viewpoint- the central MaGuffin doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny and is quickly and easily explained away and the tale feels padded whilst on the plus side, the characterisations are good and we get plenty of Uncle Titus and Aunt Mathilda. Nowhere near the best of the series, this is still pretty good fun all the same.

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