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Catching Trouble (1936)

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With his faithful Indian sidekick, a so-called nature-lover trees a bobcat, bags rattlesnakes, and ties up two bear cubs. What a man!

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This short follows a day of work for an Everglades wildlife trapper catching animals for zoos around America. In this film, his assignment is to go out into the swamp with his Indian assistant and find a bobcat, 2 black bear cubs and six rattlesnakes. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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8 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Narrator: Bear down, my boy, bear down!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Shorts Volume 2 (1999) See more »

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21 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Catching Trouble is now mostly known for its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It is a short film documenting the activities of Ross,who works for the Chicago Zoo as an animal catcher. What ensues is some of the more harrowing animal cruelty you'll find in a film outside Cannibal Holocaust.

Over the course of ten minutes, Ross captures bob cats, bear cubs, and rattlesnakes. Only the rattlesnake sequence isn't cringe inducing. Ross cuts down trees and drags around screaming baby animals. The scene with the bear cubs is particularly disgusting, particularly when one considers that back in the old days, zoos frequently obtained baby animals by killing their mothers.

Best watched either for dark comedy, as in the case of MST3K, or as a document of attitudes toward animals during the 1930s.

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