Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Acknowledging the success of animal-trainer Frank Buck's "Bring 'Em Back Alive"-style documentaries for RKO Radio, Fox Films signed Buck's longtime cohort Clyde E. Elliott to star in and direct Devil Tiger. Elliot took his cameras to the Malaysian jungles, where among other things he captured on film a fight to the death between a crocodile and a tiger?and a python and a lion?and a boa constrictor and a buffalo?and so on. Unlike the Buck films, Devil Tiger includes a dramatic storyline, involving hero Kane Richmond, heroine Marion Burns and villain Harry Woods (none of whom ever venture any farther than the Fox backlot). There's also a lengthy plot strand involving the "rite of passage" trek into the jungle by eight-year-old Ramsaye Doyle. By throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, Devil Tiger lacks the simplicity and focus of the Frank Buck vehicles.
animal, beast, big-game, buffalo, China, conflict, crocodile, hunting, jungle, lion, pursuit, python, survivor, tiger, wilderness