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Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932)

American animal trapper Frank Buck travels with Ali, his "number one boy," on an expedition into the Malayan jungle. From their jungle headquarters just north of Singapore, Frank, Ali and a... See full summary »


Clyde E. Elliott


Frank Buck (book), Edward Anthony (book)


Frank Buck
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Complete credited cast:
Frank Buck ... Himself / Narrator


American animal trapper Frank Buck travels with Ali, his "number one boy," on an expedition into the Malayan jungle. From their jungle headquarters just north of Singapore, Frank, Ali and a team of native helpers roam the area from Northern Johore to Perak in search of interesting wild animals, reptiles and birds. Hoping to find a tiger, Buck captures a monitor lizard and a black leopard, while another black leopard narrowly escapes an encounter with a giant python and then battles a bigger and stronger tiger. After trapping a spotted leopard, Frank adopts a baby honey bear and a baby elephant. The team catches an orangutan, but the tiger eludes their camouflaged pit. Meanwhile, Frank visits the "bathing festival" of a local tribe and watches as tribesmen kill an intruding spotted leopard with blow darts. The tiger then meets an enormous regal python, who has just crushed a crocodile, and fights to a draw with it. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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LIKE COILED LIGHTNING THE PYTHON STRUCK! 30 feet of lashing fury hurled against the giant cat! While monkeys screamed in every tree they settled a grudge that started in the morning of the world! (Print ad- North Shore Journal ((Flushing, N. Y)) 23 July 1932)


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Release Date:

19 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaya See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Van Beuren Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film appears to have been shot "silent", with a soundtrack added in post-production. During the New York run, Frank Buck appeared before the screenings and told "jungle" tales to the enormous sellout crowds, according to Variety. See more »

Crazy Credits

There is no cast list, but Frank Buck is credited as narrator and actor in the foreword. See more »


Spoofed in Bring 'Em Back a Wife (1933) See more »

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Staged nature documentary is interesting time capsule
22 October 2017 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

I was expecting more of an Indiana Jones/Alan Quartermain type of adventure, but this great white hunter jungle story is actually a nature documentary following Frank Buck capturing a baby elephant other various African wildlife. I was probably thinking of the 1980s Bruce Boxleitner TV series (very loosely based upon Buck), which was more "Raiders of the Lost Ark" than "Wild Kingdom." This documentary is interesting as a time capsule, even if most of the film is clearly staged.

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