Bengal Tiger (1936)

62 mins | Drama | 5 September 1936

Director:

Louis King

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Editor:

Harold McLernon

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Productions Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working titles were The Bengal Killer and Bengal Claws . The plot of this film strongly resembles the 1932 Warner Bros. film Tiger Shark written by Wells ... More Less

The film's working titles were The Bengal Killer and Bengal Claws . The plot of this film strongly resembles the 1932 Warner Bros. film Tiger Shark written by Wells Root. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
7 Jul 36
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
2 Jul 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
23 May 36
p. 27.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Jul 36
p. 105.
New York Times
30 Jul 36
p. 22.
Variety
5 Aug 36
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Supv
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Bengal Claws
The Bengal Killer
Release Date:
5 September 1936
Production Date:
began 20 April 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6574
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2226
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Animal trainer Cliff Ballenger is determined to gain mastery over "Satan," a man-eating tiger. One night, after he has spent the evening drinking with aerialist Joe Larson, his best friend, Satan breaks loose, and a drunken Cliff must drive him back into his cage. Upon his return to the circus, his roommate, Carl Homan, lectures Cliff about working the big cats when he is drunk. Cliff insists that he can work the animals drunk or sober and goes out to Satan's cage to prove it. When Satan attacks Cliff, Carl tries to save him and is killed in the process, while Cliff loses his leg. Filled with remorse over Carl's death, Cliff looks for Carl's daughter Laura and finally learns that she has been jailed for stealing food. Cliff buys a small house and, when Laura leaves jail, proposes to her. Although she is not in love with Cliff, she agrees to marriage out of gratitude. The day of their wedding, Cliff brings Joe home and Laura falls in love with him. After she reveals her love to Joe, he insists that they cannot hurt Cliff. Joe decides to leave town, but before he can go, they learn that the winter quarters of the circus are on fire and the animals are in danger. At great risk, Cliff rescues Satan with Joe's help. After Joe is knocked out, Cliff saves him, insisting that he stay at his house to recuperate. Joe recovers and Laura begs him to take her away with him. Cliff comes home to find them kissing, and knocks Joe out and throws him ... +


Animal trainer Cliff Ballenger is determined to gain mastery over "Satan," a man-eating tiger. One night, after he has spent the evening drinking with aerialist Joe Larson, his best friend, Satan breaks loose, and a drunken Cliff must drive him back into his cage. Upon his return to the circus, his roommate, Carl Homan, lectures Cliff about working the big cats when he is drunk. Cliff insists that he can work the animals drunk or sober and goes out to Satan's cage to prove it. When Satan attacks Cliff, Carl tries to save him and is killed in the process, while Cliff loses his leg. Filled with remorse over Carl's death, Cliff looks for Carl's daughter Laura and finally learns that she has been jailed for stealing food. Cliff buys a small house and, when Laura leaves jail, proposes to her. Although she is not in love with Cliff, she agrees to marriage out of gratitude. The day of their wedding, Cliff brings Joe home and Laura falls in love with him. After she reveals her love to Joe, he insists that they cannot hurt Cliff. Joe decides to leave town, but before he can go, they learn that the winter quarters of the circus are on fire and the animals are in danger. At great risk, Cliff rescues Satan with Joe's help. After Joe is knocked out, Cliff saves him, insisting that he stay at his house to recuperate. Joe recovers and Laura begs him to take her away with him. Cliff comes home to find them kissing, and knocks Joe out and throws him into the tiger's cage. When Laura begs Cliff to save Joe because she loves him, Cliff does and finally meets his death in Satan's jaws. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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