Found Alive (1934)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This melodramatic cheapie stars former silent-screen leading lady Barbara Bedford as a woman who loses her beloved son in a divorce. Determined that her ex-husband (Robert Frazer) will not retain custody, the desperate woman kidnaps the boy and whisks him off to the Mexican jungle. Here the kid (Maurice Murphy) grows up, while his mother finds a further measure of happiness with the faithful family butler (Edwin Cross). Upon being discovered by hunters, mother and son are brought back to civilization and a reconciliation with the young man's father. To pump up the running time to 65 minutes, director Charles Hutchinson (at one time one of the foremost purveyors of silent serials) includes huge chunks of stock footage from previous jungle documentaries. Found Alive made the usual States' Rights rounds, lapsed into obscurity, then found a whole new audience in the early days of TV.



divorce, family, survivor, jungle