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Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932)

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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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 <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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19 August 1932 (USA)  »

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A notice at the beginning of the film, which is sub-titled the "Official and Authentic Motion Picture Record of the RKO Van Beuren Malayan Jungle Expedition," states that "every foot of this picture was actually photographed in the Malayan jungle country." 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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Spoofed in Frank Duck Brings 'em Back Alive (1946) 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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