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Jacare - Pt II
Description: Part two of a 1942 documentary about an expedition to capture animals in the Brazilian jungle for zoos in the United States.
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Clip #: TFA-420B
Length: 37:44
Year: 1942
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Region: South America
Subject: Explorers
Original: 16mm
1940s, Brazil, Amazon River, jungles, adventure, documentaries, naturalists, explorers, wildlife, animals, birds, nature, expeditions, safaris, Frank Buck, Miguel Rojinsky, James M. Dannaldson, Clyde E. Elliott, storks, anaconda, peccaries fighting, Dannaldson picking up peccary, anteaters, baby anteater riding on top of mother, anteaters fighting, Dannaldson and Rojinsky catching anteaters and bringing back to camp, monkey greeting animals as they are put into cages, porter making hobble out of palm tree and climbing palm tree, coconuts being thrown down to ground, Rojinsky and porter carrying coconuts back to camp, Dannaldson and porter watching as water buffalo emerges from swamp and fights alligator, jaguar guarding cubs from water buffalo, porters catching jaguar with rope and carrying back to camp, Rojinsky slicing coconut with machete for Dannaldson to drink, Dannaldson playing with monkey, monkey drinking coconut water, anaconda attacking Dannaldson and wrapping around him as he looks at butterfly, Rojinsky and porters rescuing Dannaldson and tending to his wounds, toucan in tree, Elliott arriving with permits to explore “Jacaré land,” expedition traveling in ox-carts, Dannaldson catching crab-eating raccoons from tree and putting in trap, armadillos being captured and put into trap, capybara mother and babies being captured, expedition members and guides riding horseback through water, guides leaving with horses, expedition members in dugout canoes near crocodiles, crocodile swimming toward dugout, porters lassoing crocodiles and pulling onto dugout, crocodiles having mouths shut with sticks and being bound with ropes, crocodile upturning canoe and Dannaldson falling into water, Dannaldson fighting crocodile and stabbing it to death, Elliott shooting another nearby crocodile, oxen pulling dugouts loaded with crocodiles and expedition members back to camp, Dannaldson and Rojinsky examining captured animals, ocelot, monkey eating fruit, Dannaldson petting and playing with jaguar cubs, expedition members departing camp in canoes, porters hoisting water buffalo onto boat, expedition members traveling with animals in boat back to Belem, animals being loaded onto steamer at Belem port, Dannaldson and Elliott saying goodby to Rojinsky and departing for US, Rojinsky waving from dock

4k master available Jacaré (also called Jacaré, Killer of the Amazon) was a film made in 1942 of James Dannaldson’s expedition to the Amazon. Clyde E. Elliott, Charles E. Ford and James Dannaldson led the film crew, which shot some 260,000 feet of film on the lower reaches of the Amazon River in Spring 1942. To Elliott's great relief, the film was not "doctored" with scenes made at the studio of white girls lost in the jungle, a process, he claimed, by which Paramount ruined his previous film, Booloo, made in 1938. Dannaldson, a biologist formerly associated with the University of Southern California, became an actor for Jacaré, who goes up the Amazon to catch specimens. The other leading members of the cast were a 22-foot anaconda, many caymans (Amazonian alligators), jaguars, water buffalo, anteaters, tapirs and capybaras. Elliott and his colleagues, with two American cameramen, spent three and a half months at Para, at the mouth of the Amazon, usually within a day's journey of the city, so that they could return to civilization for the night. Their chief expense, aside from film and equipment, was insurance, the premiums protecting negative, cameras and personnel. A crew of thirty-five natives, who acted as bearers and animal catchers, cost 50 cents a day apiece. When the filmmakers needed a gaggle of caymans, Ford offered a prize of 60 Milréis to the native who captured the largest alligator. Ford got about seventy-five of the reptiles at a cost of approximately $3.Dannaldson worked with jaguars and caymans, whose jaws had been wired shut. He said his only close call came when an anaconda he wrestled got a loop around his neck and almost strangled him before the natives could unwrap it. The company's most primitive adventure occurred on Marajó Island, at the mouth of the Amazon, where they spent four weeks. They ran out of imported food and had to subsist for five days on moldy doughnuts filled with small worms and on chickens which, Dannaldson said, seemed to be 90 per cent vulture. Jacaré’s wild-animal footage thrilled audiences, especially the terrifying attack of the anaconda. Producer Jules Levey incorporated a narration by Frank Buck and music by Miklos Rozsa. Director Charles E. Ford died of peritonitis after surgery in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital shortly after returning from the Amazon. (source: Wikipedia)

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