|JUNGLE CAVALCADE (director: Frank Buck; screenwriters: Phil Reisman Jr./from a book by Edward Anthony and Frank Buck; cinematographers: Leroy C. Phelps/Nick Cavaliere/Carl Berger/Harry E. Squire; editor: Jay Bonafield; music: Nathaniel Shilkret; cast: Frank Buck (Narrator); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: William C. Ament/Amadee Van Beuren; RKO; 1941)|
|"If you ever wondered how the
animals for the zoos are captured, this
old-fashioned documentary still has the footage
by Dennis Schwartz
on world famous hunter Frank Buck in the jungle
bringing back animals for American zoos. His
self-serving attitude during his narration,
believing he's doing the animals a favor by giving
them free meals while in captivity at the zoo, will
not endear him with animal activists. The film uses
clips from three previous Buck jungle documentaries:
"Bring 'Em Back Alive," "Wild Cargo," and "Fang and
Malaysian jungle Buck and his native helpers capture a
25-foot python with a lasso and a ferocious man-eating
tiger in a pit. In the Sumatran jungle Buck
manages to trick a giant orangutan to come
down from a tall tree and then capture him in a net.
There are filmed captures of a baby elephant, rare
gibbon monkeys, a rare spotted leopard, a black
leopard and a honey bear cub. To catch a rhinoceros,
Buck must weave a net that will hold a thousand
pounds. In Ceylon, wild elephants are captured.
his mission is complete, Buck crates the animals and
by truck gets them to Singapore. They will then go by
ship to their designated American zoos.
If you ever wondered how the animals for the zoos are captured, this old-fashioned documentary still has the footage that works.
REVIEWED ON 4/25/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DENNIS SCHWARTZ