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The Lion Man (1936)

Passed  -  Adventure  -  1936 (USA)
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A young British boy whose father was murdered by a treacherous Aran sheik finds himself in a position to exact revenge as an adult.


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Sheikh Youssef Ab-Dur (as Richard Adams)
Jimmy Aubrey ...
Simmonds (as James Aubrey)
Richard Carlyle ...
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Sir Ronald Chatham


Seeking to secure mining rights for tungsten in the North African desert, Sir Ronald Chatham is killed by a treacherous sheik, but his young son is rescued from the same fate by Sherrifa, an enigmatic Euorpean woman, who sacrifices her own life to save his. She leaves the youngster in the desert to be raised as a native by a spiritual mystic . He grows up under the old man's influence alongside lions, earning the nickname of "The Lion Man" and gaining a reputation for integrity among the locals. After achieving manhood he meets the beautiful Eulilah and becomes a rival for her love with the very same sheik who murdered his father. Written by

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A Volta do Homem Leão  »

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A none-too-exciting desert adventure
21 July 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Well what did I expect? I keep on watching these old Poverty Row productions so I should really know the score by now. This adventure film is more or less business as usual down in the Poverty Row back-lot. It's a film full of promise but little delivery. Much like most of these old programme filling B-movies from the 30's. This one has an American boy being left to be brought up by a lion keeping shaman after his dad has been murdered by a villainous sheik. He grows up to be a noble saviour of downtrodden folks in Arabia - the Lion Man of the title, so if you expected this to be a film about a half-man half-lion monster (i.e. me) then prepare to be sadly underwhelmed. It's sort of Tarzan in the desert if you like. Except the film-makers kind of forget to load the thing with much action, instead there's a lot of chat and not too much in the way of excitement. Which is a shame really because The Lion Man had a passable chance at becoming relatively entertaining. But, unfortunately, for the most part it's a little tedious.

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