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The African Lion (1955)

Approved | | Family, Documentary | 14 September 1955 (USA)
The Milotte's spend three years in Africa filming a lion.

Director:

James Algar
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Cast

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Winston Hibler Winston Hibler ... Narrator
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Storyline

The Milotte's spend three years in Africa filming a lion.

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Unstaged! Unrehearsed! Unbelievable! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A True-Life Adventure: The African Lion See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the scene where the rhino was stuck in the mud was shot, the filming team rescued the animal, but it charged at them after being freed. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: From ancient times, the great landmass of Africa has been called the dark continent. The name came from the early map makers. They knew so little of this unexplored region, they left it a blank on their charts. For centuries it remained a land of mystery, for Africa - like an ancient fortress - was surrounded by natural barriers that kept civilization out. Across the north, a vast desert: the impassible Sahara. On the west, a dense jungle; a wall of tangled underbrush along the ...
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Follows Bear Country (1953) See more »

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A must for all nature documentary fans
29 March 2006 | by richpowersSee all my reviews

Really a superb nature documentary, a captivating watch. I can't think of a better film on the wild kingdom. Why isn't this available on video? This is not specifically a film about lions as it's title implies, this is a film about the African wild, untouched, with fascinating looks at the life and times a full variety of species including elephants, rhino's, giraffes, antelope, monkeys, leopards, and more..

Near the beginning, the narrator says; "This is Africa, The Lions Realm.." which would have been a more appropriate title. The film covers a lot of different species, and it does so in a way that enables the viewer to both absorb specific insights into the daily existence of individual creatures, while at the same time experience the essence of the wild as a whole.

Now admittedly, I love nature and wildlife type shows; and my opinion is that this production made over 50 years ago, is amongst kings of nature films.


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