This thrilling film documents live action from the first ever trans-African journey by motor truck from the Indian Ocean to Central Equatorial Africa. Along the way adventurers Paul Hoefler (himself) and Harold Austin (himself) come across some of the most fascinating and largely unknown tribes and wild creatures that inhabit the great African plains. They cross paths with huge four- ton bull elephants, edgy and unpredictable white rhinos and a monstrous swarm of dreaded locusts. None of these however, prepare them for their encounter with a pride of lions, which, without apparent cause or warning, attacks the adventurers. Will Paul and Austin live through this horrendous experience to witness another splendid African sunrise?
Running Time: 56 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
"Precious little was known about the mysterious African continent at the turn of the 20th century. Its vast grassy plains, its thick daylight-stopping forests and amazing array of wild life found mention only in the memoirs of explorers like David Livingston. These written records however left much to the imagination of the readers. Several decades later, advancements in motion picture technology and sound recording equipment enabled adventurers Paul Hoefler and Lowell Thomas to bring home a thrilling record of African life on film. Movie audiences across the United States were held spellbound by their daring exploits and the awe-inspiring sights and sounds they captured on celluloid.
A product of their hard and often risky endeavors, this film is striking for many reasons. To begin with, it was the first of its kind portrayal of the real Africa. Secondly, this is the real stuff - no dramatized reenactments or studio props and no circus trained animals. There was also little possibility for retakes. Thirdly it is the rarity of the subjects captured on celluloid - amazing pygmies, disproportionate giraffe, pompous elephants, and fierce lions. Fourthly the film carries one of the liveliest narrations you will ever hear. Heaped with pun-filled humor, the narration adds loads of value to the presentation. Finally, this film has some priceless live footage of a lion attack and an equally rare lion hunt by the Masai.
Beyond serving as a fascinating travelogue however, this feature conveys the hardships of life in Africa more than seventy years ago and is surely one that I wouldn’t miss. Witness this fascinating true-life adventure that brings fascinating Africa straight into your drawing room!"
"Wow! This is one of the best documentaries on Africa that I have seen. The fascinating Pigmies, the graceful Masai, each with their culture have been shown in a very friendly and human light. The film’s commentary and narration is brilliant;the close-ups of animals amazing, the flight of the impalas, the locusts and the ostriches are masterpieces in celluloid. Just go for it and be mesmerized yourself like I was."
Henri de Mont (Ontario, Canada)
"What remarkable footage has come out of the heavy and antiquated camera of the 1930s! This film is pure magic in Black and White. A must see for everyone. There are never before filmed scenes of a real life fight to the finish between men and lions. True are no words that will do justice in describing this film - you have to get this film from A2ZCDS."
Julia Oslem (Portland, Oregon);
Paul L. Hoefler - Himself (as Paul Hoefler)
Lowell Thomas - Narrator
Lowell Thomas - Writing Credits
Paul L. Hoefler - Cinematography
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