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Bengal Tiger (1936)

Cliff Ballenger, the wild-animal trainer for the circus had no fear of "Satan," the fiercest man-eating tiger in captivity, but the creature hated its master and longed to tear the big man to pieces with its rendering claws and fangs.

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Cliff Ballenger, the wild-animal trainer for the circus had no fear of "Satan," the fiercest man-eating tiger in captivity, but the creature hated its master and longed to tear the big man to pieces with its rendering claws and fangs.

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Starts Off Well Enough but Falls Apart Towards the Final Act
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Bengal Tigers (1936)

** (out of 4)

"B" movie from Warner has Barton MacLane playing Cliff Ballenger, a tough-as-nails animal trainer who in a drunken state ends up getting a man killed by a dangerous tiger known as Satan. Soon afterwards he tries to help the man's daughter (June Travis) who is in bad shape. The two are soon married but not long after that she falls in love with Cliff's best friend (Warren Hull).

BENGAL TIGERS is a decent low-budget quickie that is mildly entertaining as long as you don't go into it expecting any sort of masterpiece. There's no question that the movie should have and could have been much better. I say that because the first portion of the movie is rather entertaining because we get a behind-the-scenes look at the circus life. In these moments there are some great shots of animals and humans performing and there's even a nice sequence where the tiger escapes and Cliff must go into a basement to try and get him.

The film certainly needed more scenes like that but sadly the film very quickly turns into a rather boring melodrama once the love triangle kicks in. What makes the melodrama so bad is the fact that it's rather predictable and ends exactly as you'd expect it to. MacLane is good in the lead role and managed to bring some power to the film. Travis, Hull and Paul Graetz are good as well in their supporting parts. The stuff between MacLane and the tiger have very obvious doubles at times but they're still mildly entertaining.

BENGAL TIGER thankfully only clocks in at 62 minutes but even that at times seems long.


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