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The Lion Man (1936)

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


John P. McCarthy (as John McCarthy)


Edgar Rice Burroughs (story "The Lad and The Lion"), Richard Gordon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Jon Hall ... Ed Lion (as Charles Locher)
Kathleen Burke ... Eulilah
Ted Adams ... Sheikh Youssef Ab-Dur (as Richard Adams)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Simmonds (as James Aubrey)
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Hassan El Dinh
Finis Barton ... Sherrifa
Eric Snowden Eric Snowden ... 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 duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Homem Leão See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in St. Louis Saturday 6 March 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in both New York City and Philadelphia Sunday 24 October 1948 on WJZ (Channel 7) and WCAU (Channel 10), followed on Wednesday 1 December 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) , in Detroit Sunday 2 January 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Thursday 30 July 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), in Atlanta Sunday 11 September 1949 on WAGA (Channel 5), and, finally, in Los Angeles Monday 11 September 1950 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »


After Eulilah's father orders she retire because the sun is going down. El Lion goes out of the tent and it is clearly still bright daylight. See more »


Simmonds: [referring to the dangers of the expedition] You'll be absolutely on your own. Let Winthrop go.
Sir Ronald Chatham: I've had that gone into very thoroughly. I wanted to see the ruling shiek of the section whose palms are not only dirty but very itchy... in order to get the concessions we seek and the safety that goes with it. Tungsten, gentlemen, is where you find it. With all due respect to you and Winthrop, I feel this is one mission that I alone can accomplish.
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A none-too-exciting desert adventure
21 July 2011 | by Red-BarracudaSee 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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