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When Elsa's three mischievious cubs begin wreaking havok on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve.



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Complete credited cast:
Susan Hampshire ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
Peter Lukoye ...
Shane De Louvre ...
Makedde (as Shane De Louvres)
Robert Beaumont ...
Billy Collins
Nobby Noble ...
Bank Manager
Allaudin Qureshi ...
Bank Clerk (as Aludin Quershi)
Charles Hayes ...
Jean Hayes ...
Mrs. Herbert Baker
Elsa ...
Jespah ...
Gopa ...
Little Elsa ...
James Kamau


When Elsa's three mischievious cubs begin wreaking havok on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve.

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The further adventures of BORN FREE'S ELSA and her three cubs. See more »


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Release Date:

15 April 1972 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Drei Strolche in der Wildnis  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bill Travers and 'Virginia Mckenna' were asked to play the Adamsons again but declined. See more »

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Closing credits: This is a true story ... See more »


Follows Christian the Lion (1971) See more »


Living Free
By Sol Kaplan and Freddy Douglass
Sung by Julie Budd
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Easy going young lion adventure
11 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Engaging family tale picks up where "Born Free" left off with conservationist Joy Adamson (here played by the gregarious Susan Hampshire) and her loyal husband George (Davenport replacing Bill Travers from the original) attempting to locate the mischievous trio of now orphaned lion cubs as they embark on a perilous journey through the East African savanna.

The storyline is essentially subservient to the landscape, following the cubs' trials and tribulations as they scamper about in search of easy meals, practice hunting (with amusement) and narrowly avoid danger. Davenport and Hampshire don't execute the rapport of Virginia McKenna & Travers in the first picture, although given the latter were husband and wife, that could be forgiven.

More a colourful faunalogue with which to showcase the rugged terrain and wild game of East Africa than a drama or human adventure, it's well-meaning and suitable for children even if doesn't emphasise the conservation message that prevailed in the original.

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