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Sharkey, animal handler for the Maitland Circus, is jealous of the success of star animal trainer Clyde Beatty - murderously so, as he has once surreptitiously permitted a hungry lion to be prematurely freed in a cage with Clyde, who escapes being mauled by the skin of his teeth. Far different is his relationship to Ruth Robinson, who is madly in love with him. But just as Clyde is blind to Sharkey's treachery, so he seems dulled to Ruth's feelings for him. When her father, a sea captain, prepares to set sail, he obliges Ruth to come with him if she cannot get an honorable marriage proposal from Clyde; and he is too busy thinking about his animals to notice what she is saying... Written by
Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>
Worth seeing just to get a chance to see Beatty in action.
In 1934, the serial "The Lost Jungle" debuted and was 243 minutes long. This particular movie is a shortened version--condensed down to 68 minutes! So does the overall film look comprehensible with about 3/4 of the film missing? Read on to find out for yourself.
It's a darn shame that the quality of this print is really poor, as it's worth seeing the film just to get a look at Beatty's animal act. In one scene, he has lions, tigers, leopards and bears all in the ring at the same time!! I've seen some great animal acts in person and can't recall seeing anything THAT amazing. On top of that, the animals really looked angry and hostile--and made for some great viewing.
As for plot, the story is (naturally) about Beatty and there are two plots going on at the same time. First, the ever-busy Beatty is oblivious to how much his lady friend is in love with him. She finally leaves in disgust--will Clyde come to his senses and get her? Second, Beatty has a rival who actually tries to get him killed in the ring. It looks like an accident and you wonder if Beatty will also come to his senses and realize the guy is trying to kill him.
So is it worth seeing? Well, it's far from brilliantly produced and the acting isn't great. But, it does look better than the average jungle film of the era AND you get to see Beatty in action--making it worth seeing.
By the way, near the beginning keep your eye out for a very young Mickey Rooney during his pre-fame days (he's with a dog) as well as Gabby Hayes as a passenger on the dirigible. You need to look closely for Hayes as he's NOT dressed like the 'ol West coot like he did in many B-westerns. Also, it is a bit distressing that a lion and tiger were allowed to fight. Instead of stopping it, they filmed it! And, it's pretty weird since this was supposed to be in the wild--and lions and tigers live on different continents.
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