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Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932)

TV-G  |   |  Adventure, Documentary  |  19 August 1932 (USA)
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American animal trapper Frank Buck travels with Ali, his "number one boy," on an expedition into the Malayan jungle. From their jungle headquarters just north of Singapore, Frank, Ali and a... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Frank Buck ...
Himself and narrator


American animal trapper Frank Buck travels with Ali, his "number one boy," on an expedition into the Malayan jungle. From their jungle headquarters just north of Singapore, Frank, Ali and a team of native helpers roam the area from Northern Johore to Perak in search of interesting wild animals, reptiles and birds. Hoping to find a tiger, Buck captures a monitor lizard and a black leopard, while another black leopard narrowly escapes an encounter with a giant python and then battles a bigger and stronger tiger. After trapping a spotted leopard, Frank adopts a baby honey bear and a baby elephant. The team catches an orangutan, but the tiger eludes their camouflaged pit. Meanwhile, Frank visits the "bathing festival" of a local tribe and watches as tribesmen kill an intruding spotted leopard with blow darts. The tiger then meets an enormous regal python, who has just crushed a crocodile, and fights to a draw with it. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <>

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19 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Frank Buck's Bring 'Em Back Alive  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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In his autobiography, "All in a Lifetime", Frank Buck reported that he got the idea of making this film after he saw Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) and Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927), two documentaries by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper. See more »

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There is no cast list, but Frank Buck is credited as narrator and actor in the foreword. See more »


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Wonderful and Horrifying at the same time
15 August 2000 | by (New London, New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

You will never find a better time capsule of 1933 than Bring 'Em Back Alive. This spectacular and horrifying documentary gets you inside the world and mind of one of the most celebrated hunters (and anthropologists!) of all time. This should be seen as one of the few surviving cinematic treatises on the state of wildlife in 1933 and also as a very telling piece of history.

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