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Jacare - Pt I
Description: Part one 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-420A
Length: 24:57
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, Buck writing letter to Rojinsky introducing Dannaldson before his visit, Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf, musicians and women dancing, Palm Avenue, Belem, rooftops, Brazilians, railroad station, crowded train, Buck’s letter arriving at Rojinsky’s villa, Dannaldson and Elliott arriving at Belem port and meeting Rojinsky, Belem waterfront, cargo boats, car pov driving through city, visitors arriving at Grande Hotel, Dannaldson and Elliott meeting Rojinsky outside hotel and looking over map before heading out on expedition, expedition members transferring from station wagon to ox-cart aided by native porters, bullock cart, expedition members taking boats including dugout canoes down Amazon River, wildlife on riverbank, birds, heron, egret, expedition members venturing into jungle, porters cooking meal at campsite, expedition members eating, pet monkeys chained at campsite, spider monkeys, woolly monkeys, Brazilian men eating with fingers, macaws, monkey eating food off plate left behind, Dannaldson and Rojinsky catching boa constrictor, tapir family, woolly monkey in tree, Dannaldson catching iguana climbing tree, Dannaldson and Rojinsky saving coatimundi from boa, Dannaldson going on solo canoe trip with porter, harpy eagle and king vultures roosting in trees alongside river, anaconda creeping into water

4k master available Jacare (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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