Thursday, July 31, 2008

Frank Buck in the Movies #3

Buck3, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

In addition to Frank Buck, JUNGLE MENACE boasted another real life hero in the cast: Sasha Siemel (1890-1970) who was known as “the tiger man” from having hunted jaguars in South America armed only with a spear. (He was also a famous South American guide and travelogue lecturer.) In the serial, Siemel plays a member of the river pirate gang. He later breaks with them and goes over to the side of law and order. As was the case with Frank Buck, the scriptwriters chose not to use Siemel to full advantage.