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Borneo (1937)

Approved | | Documentary | 3 September 1937 (USA)
Expeditions in Borneo by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson show the terrain, flora, fauna and lifestyle of Borneo as the Johnsons search for a huge orangutan.

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Truman H. Talley
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin E. Johnson Martin E. Johnson ... Himself
Osa Johnson ... Herself
Lowell Thomas ... Serious Narrator
Lew Lehr Lew Lehr ... Interrupting Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Laneri James Laneri ... First pilot
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The last travelogue/documentary/exploitation film shot by the husband-and-wife team of hunters/trappers/explorers/film-makers Martin and Osa Johnson, albeit Mrs. Osa Johnson pieced together another one of all-archive footage, taken from previous films, in the early 1940s. This time out they are in Borneo searching for an orangutan to capture and sell to a zoo, but film everything in natural sight and stage a few other items. Martin Johnson died shortly after the Borneo expedition but his widow sold the footage to 20th Century-Fox's newsreel department and they took it from there. The fad for semi-real/semi-staged exploration/exploitation films was long over by 1937, and the people at Fox decided to jazz this up a bit in hopes of getting better bookings...and the Johnson-name still had an audience of its own. Lowell Thomas, a newsman who practically made an icon out of T. E. Lawrence all by himself and the lead commentator on Fox newsreels, was assigned the narration, after the studio ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FANTASTIC! The "Devil-beast" hurls jungle defiance at the white man's roaring "thunder bird"! See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bornéo See more »

Filming Locations:

Borneo

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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