MANHUNT IN THE JUNGLE

Screenplay by Sam Merwin Jr. and Owen Crump; from the book, "Man Hunting in the Jungle," by George M. Dyott directed by Tom McGowan; produced by Cedric Francis; presented by Warner Brothers. At the Embassy Forty-sixth Street Running time; seventy-seven minutes.

The Cast:
Comdr. George M. Dyott . . . . . Robin Hughes
Aloique . . . . . Luis Alvarez
Col. P. H. Fawcett . . . . . James Wilson
Carrissimo . . . . . John B. Symmes
John Symmes . . . . . John B. Symmes
Pedro's Wife . . . . . Natalia Manzuelas
Wilbur Harris . . . . . James Ryan
Dr. Emmett Wilson . . . . . Richard McCloskey
Portuguese Explorer . . . . . Harry Knappp
Pedro . . . . . Emillo Meiners
Bernadino . . . . . Enrique Gonzales
Juan . . . . . M. Torres Acho
Julio . . . . . Alfonso Santilla

George Dyott starts an expedition in the Amazon region in South America to search for the missing Colonel Fawcett deep in the jungle. Fawcett was seeking the legendary town El Dorado, which is said to contain tons of gold and treasures. Written by Tom Zoerner {Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de}

Commander George M. Dyott (same name as the author of the book) organizes an expedition to find out what happened to an earlier expedition which has vanished in the Brazilian interior, while searching for the lost city of gold, El Dorado. With several other white men and local natives, the searchers travel by mule, canoe and foot, while battling man-eating piranhas, rapids, nature and hostile Indians. They reach an area where the natives offer proof the expedition was there, but Dyott is convinced that they killed the earlier-expedition members and the local chief has the same plans for his group.

Film Reviews

This is a modest, exceptionally made sleeper that ought to be better known than it is. The search for a missing explorer and a lost treasure is what send its hero and his various guides and helpers downriver in a boat. Robin Hughes is sturdy as the one English-speaker, and it is he who narrates the story. That this is also a true story helps a good deal. It is the sort of thing Disney often did, but without the occasional gruesomeness, and also without the naturalism, which is here most appealing, and giving this movie, for all its ups and downs,--in all that senses of those words--a certain heart and air of genuine mystery.

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Manhunt in the Jungle Movie Stills

George M. Dyott played by Robin Hughe with Skull Fawcett Expedion crossing River

Making Camp  George Dyott give gifts to Indians

WARNER BROTHERS says it sent a camera crew and small cast all the way to Brazil to film entirely on location "Manhunt in the Jungle," which opened at the Embassy Forty-sixth Street Theatre yesterday. If this is the case, then it appears that the studio spent more time on travel arrangements than it did on preparing a dramatic structure on which to hang its authentic footage.

The model for the story is Interesting enough. It is that of the search in 1928 by Comdr. George M. Dyott for Col. Percy H. Fawcett, the mystic explorer who vanished in the forbidding reaches of the Amazon country while seeking "a lost city of an ancient white civilization." The montage sketching out these known facts seems promising.

But before the expedition is one reel through the projector, it is clear that the purpose of the journey is to expose the same old jungle clichés dating to Tarzan—the crocodiles, the flesh-eating fish, the savages, the grumbling natives. Why go to Brazil to "document" clichés? This sort of business can be done in the studio and, incidentally, looks like it was in some instances here.

Robin Hughes, who plays Dyott, acts confused and surprised by his wild surroundings, and director Tom McGowan seems equally lost in his attempts to create stage effects so far from the studio confines of Hollywood, which the script by Sam Merwin Jr. and Owen Crump seemed to envision.

Fawcett, of course, is found to be surely dead, the "lost city" is never found. Looking back on those miles through the jungle, this latest expedition was about as much fun as a picnic with, ants—on a rainy day.

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Fawcett's Journal     -    An overview of the Amazon Adventurer Colonel Percy Fawcett

Man Hunting in the Jungle Being the Story of a Search for Three Explorers Lost in the Brazilian Wilds by George Dyott available HERE but 1 copy only (£19.99) and in the USA from Quigley Books ($24.00)

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