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Release Date:
24 September 1982 (USA) See more »
Pith-helmeted Buck is a Great White Hunter who here (unlike the real one from the 1940s) works out of the Raffles Hotel bar in Singapore during the 1930s fighting all kinds of bad guys in pre-war Malaya. Full summary »
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Bruce Boxleitner ... Frank Buck (17 episodes, 1982-1983)

Clyde Kusatsu ... Ali (14 episodes, 1982-1983)

Ron O'Neal ... H.H., the Sultan of Johore / ... (12 episodes, 1982-1983)

Cindy Morgan ... Gloria Marlowe / ... (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
George Cheung ... Chaing / ... (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Harvey Jason ... Bhundi (8 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Series Directed by
Paul Krasny (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Peter H. Hunt (2 episodes, 1983)
George McCowan (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Writing credits
Frank Cardea (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
George Schenck (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
B.W. Sandefur (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tim Maschler (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Arthur Weingarten (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tom Sawyer (2 episodes, 1982)

Series Produced by
Jay Bernstein .... executive producer (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Frank Cardea .... producer / co-executive producer (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
George Schenck .... producer / co-executive producer (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Larry A. Thompson .... executive producer (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Carl Kugel .... associate producer (14 episodes, 1982-1983)
David M. Smith .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein (15 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Cinematography by
Dennis Dalzell (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
William Cronjager (4 episodes, 1983)
Series Film Editing by
Jim Benson (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Clay Bartels (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
Art Stafford (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Casting by
Jim Merrick (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Fran Bascom (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Art Direction by
Ross Bellah (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Carl Braunger (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
Lowell Chambers (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Costume Design by
Grady Hunt (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Makeup Department
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup supervisor (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1982-1983)
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1982)
Jo Ann Phillips .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Inzerella .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1983)
Sharleen Rassi .... hair stylist / key hair stylist (4 episodes, 1983)
Joan Phillips .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Production Management
Steve Barnett .... unit production manager / production manager (15 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendy Shear .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Peter Gries .... assistant director / first assistant director (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Kurt Baker .... assistant director / first assistant director (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Douglas Dean III .... second assistant director / assistant director (4 episodes, 1983)
Series Art Department
Hank Stonecipher .... supervising construction coordinator (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Sexton .... property master (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Sound Department
Don H. Matthews .... sound mixer / production sound mixer (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Special Effects by
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects (13 episodes, 1982-1983)
Richard Stutsman .... special effects technician (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Frazier .... special effects (3 episodes, 1983)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (8 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mark Sullivan .... matte art assistant (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 1982-1983)
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator (5 episodes, 1982)
Chuck Courtney .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1983)
Kenny Endoso .... stunt cocoordinator (4 episodes, 1983)
Richard Epper .... stunt performer / stunt double / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)

Phil Chong .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gerry Therrien .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Lance Turner .... assistant stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
William Jay Gahret .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1982-1983)
Stephen Clark .... key grip (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jack Todd .... gaffer (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Patrick Fennell .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1983)
Merle Miller .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1983)
Russell Nordstedt .... key grip (4 episodes, 1983)
Series Casting Department
Meryl O'Loughlin .... casting supervisor (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henri Sigler .... wardrobe: men (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Pama Dickey .... wardrobe: women (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Marla Denise Schlom .... wardrobe: women (4 episodes, 1983)
Series Music Department
David Cates .... music editor (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Transportation Department
Dave Robling .... transportation captain (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Other crew
Louis H. Goldstein .... location coordinator (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Art Ronnie .... unit publicist (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Laurence Starkman .... title designer (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Darlyne West .... assistant to producers (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Lester Hoyle .... script supervisor (15 episodes, 1982-1983)
Arthur Weingarten .... executive story consultant (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tom Sawyer .... creative consultant / executive consultant (11 episodes, 1982-1983)
B.W. Sandefur .... creative consultant (10 episodes, 1982-1983)

Mark Harden .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)
Steve Hinton .... pilot (unknown episodes)
Rita Lundin .... boss wrangler (unknown episodes)
Gerry Therrien .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)

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60 min (17 episodes)
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Frank Buck's compound was recreated from original photographs of the real Frank Buck's Katong headquarters and featured pictures of his actual parents hanging on the wall, as well as the flag of his home state, Texas.See more »
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34 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Swashbuckling 'Indiana Jones'-Style Adventure..., 1 January 2004
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

"Bring 'Em Back Alive" was one of two television attempts to cash in on the success of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, in 1982 ("Tales of the Gold Monkey" was the other), and it was a marvelous escapist adventure that, sadly, only ran a single season. Based, VERY loosely, on the character of real-life hunter/impresario Frank Buck, who enthralled movie audiences in documentary expeditions to capture big game for zoos in the forties, the stocky, middle-aged hunter was transformed into lean, swashbuckling Bruce Boxleitner (complete with a pencil-thin mustache), headquartered in his own private game preserve outside Singapore, in the late 1930s.

The 'Singapore' of the series was no more intended to represent the actual prewar city than CASABLANCA was intended as an accurate representation of the Moroccan city, a fact that some critics have chosen to ignore. Many Asian ports gave Hollywood filmmakers exotic, mysterious locales in which they could introduce shady, multinational characters and stories heavy on intrigue and 'atmosphere'. This was a Singapore of fantasy, a place where a hero straight out of paperbacks and movie serials would feel right at home.

Not that Buck was looking for adventure, in the series. He was content in his life of protecting wildlife, aided by his trusty right-hand man, Ali (the always entertaining Clyde Kusatsu). But his legendary reputation, in a key world trouble spot, made him the logical choice for the U.S. Government to turn to for dangerous assignments. Represented by agent Gloria Marlowe (the breathtakingly beautiful Cindy Morgan, who'd co-starred with Boxleitner in the Disney cult classic, TRON), Buck would be recruited, reluctantly, into missions that only his special skills could accomplish, much to the amusement of fellow adventurer/competitor H.H., the Sultan Of Johore (Ron O'Neal).

Bruce Boxleitner was fabulous as Frank Buck, swaggering and charismatic, obviously enjoying himself, and he was more fun as the adventurer than in his later, more 'traditional' heroic roles in "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" and "Babylon 5". His chemistry with Morgan was reminiscent of Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS; edgy, but with an underlying romantic current always present. Add to this the series' wonderful production values, some fairly decent scripts, and, best of all, a truly magnificent, trumpet-punctuated theme and musical score by Arthur B. Rubinstein, who would also score "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", and you had first-class entertainment!

What a loss it was, that television audiences didn't 'discover' it!

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