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The Big Game Hunt (1935/1952)
Description: Contains footage from the Johnsons' 1933-1934 Flying Safari, as used in two episodes of the 1952 TV series called Osa Johnson's Big Game Hunt. Early 20th century naturalists and explorers, Martin and Osa Johnson journey across Africa in 1935 in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming African natives and many forms of wildlife including lions, rhino, elephants, and especially a large population of baboons. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950.
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Clip #: TFA-389
Length: 42:08
Year: 1935
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: Martin & Osa Johnson
Region: Africa
Country: Kenya
City: Mombasa
Subject: Explorers
Original: 16mm
1930s, travel films, travelogues, Africa, Kenya, Africans, Martin Johnson, Osa Johnson, wildlife, expedition members taking train to Mombasa, Martin Johnson supervising porters unloading equipment and supplies, modern Mombasa street scene, porters carrying crates of supplies purchased from safari outfitters on their heads and beating boxes rhythmically with sticks, caravan traveling on mountain road and into wilderness, pointer tracing route on map from Mombasa to Nairobi, expedition taking boat ride down river, Osa cooking on deck, hippos and crocodiles in river nearby, Osa putting stockings on while attendants pull back net protecting her bed, Osa wearing protective netting taking photograph of crocodiles on riverbank, elephants along riverbank, “Ubangi” people with lip plates singing, clapping hands and dancing to musical accompaniment and picking up coins tossed to them (Sara people?), Ubangi River, Lake Chad, Belgian Congo, Martin filming hippos in river from motorboat, “Nitzi” (spelling?) tribe, ceremony of the hunt, hunters, drummers, Johnsons and guides exploring jungle on foot in pursuit of ape, ape fight, baby ape, porters chopping down tree to catch apes, porters constructing bridge from tree trunks, expedition trucks driving over log bridge, truck driving across shallow water, plains, Osa and Martin at home, farmers tending herds, crane in marsh, chickens, birds, produce from Osa’s garden, Osa tasting food being prepared and giving instructions to native man, man digging up sack buried in ground containing seasoned fowl, nature, fauna, wilderness, wildflower fields, Osa picking wildflowers, porters carrying supply replenishment, Osa fishing in stream, monkeys watching from trees, warthog, Osa slipping in water and narrowly escaping nearby crocodile, hippos in river, tree platform being constructed for Martin to film from, zebra and wildebeest herds drinking from river and galloping away from lions, monkey walking across tightrope, baboon and cheetah wrestling, mother and baby baboon, medicine man performing rain dance, native men using buckets to retrieve water from dwindling water hole, drought, livestock being herded, PAN herds of wildlife on plains, wildebeest herd galloping across plain, slow motion leaping gazelles, giraffes, tribespeople including children performing rain dance ceremony, Martin and Osa filming herds and flocks of wildlife from amphibious airplane, aerials lions, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes galloping across plains, elephants, white herons, herds of wildlife that has reached water, amphibious airplanes taking off

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