Tiger Fangs (1943)

52 or 57-58 mins | Adventure | 10 September 1943

Director:

Sam Newfield

Producer:

Jack Schwarz

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Production Designer:

Paul Palmentola

Production Company:

PRC Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although Fred McConnell is credited onscreen as associate producer, Harry D. Edwards is listed as associate producer in HR production charts. Frank Buck was a renowned explorer and animal trapper. For further information on Buck and his films, see the 1932 entry for Bring 'Em Back Alive ( AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

Although Fred McConnell is credited onscreen as associate producer, Harry D. Edwards is listed as associate producer in HR production charts. Frank Buck was a renowned explorer and animal trapper. For further information on Buck and his films, see the 1932 entry for Bring 'Em Back Alive ( AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0492). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Sep 1943.
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Daily Variety
17 Sep 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Sep 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 43
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Sep 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Sep 43
p. 1531.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Sep 43
p. 1554.
Variety
1 Dec 43
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Sd eng
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 September 1943
Production Date:
late June 1943
Copyright Claimant:
PRC Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 October 1943
Copyright Number:
LP13594
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
52 or 57-58
Length(in feet):
5,228
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9442
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Renowned explorer Frank Buck is commissioned by the U.S. government to investigate the recent flurry of tiger attacks in the Far East. In Penang, Frank consults with United Nations representative Peter Jeremy, and learns that the tiger attacks have resulted in an interruption of rubber production, which is potentially damaging to the Allied war effort. With his native guide, Ali, Frank heads for the Territory of Damang Nog, where the locals are convinced that the tigers have become "t'jindaks," animals inhabited by evil human spirits, and that their souls are being invaded by the Japanese. Frank and Peter work out of Geoffrey MacCardle's rubber plantation, which is overseen by Tom Clayton. Posing as a zoo representative, Frank makes a contract with animal exporter Henry Gratz to use his cages for trapped tigers. Unknown to Frank, Gratz and local physician Dr. Lang have been poisoning tigers with a substance that makes them crazed, and then releasing the animals near plantations. After Frank and Peter find a poisoned dart in a tiger they have trapped, they bring the dart to Geoffrey's granddaughter Linda, who is Lang's assistant, to determine the poison content. Lang steals the dart, however, and warns Gratz that Frank is on their trail. When another tiger is captured, Frank and Peter recognize it as a cat they saw being tortured at Gratz's. Gratz claims that his tiger had escaped, but Frank realizes that a bamboo sheath he sees on the floor of Gratz's office was used to make the poisoned dart. That night on the plantation, Gratz's assistant Takko releases a deadly leopard into Linda's room. Frank rescues Linda, and again recognizes the cat as one ... +


Renowned explorer Frank Buck is commissioned by the U.S. government to investigate the recent flurry of tiger attacks in the Far East. In Penang, Frank consults with United Nations representative Peter Jeremy, and learns that the tiger attacks have resulted in an interruption of rubber production, which is potentially damaging to the Allied war effort. With his native guide, Ali, Frank heads for the Territory of Damang Nog, where the locals are convinced that the tigers have become "t'jindaks," animals inhabited by evil human spirits, and that their souls are being invaded by the Japanese. Frank and Peter work out of Geoffrey MacCardle's rubber plantation, which is overseen by Tom Clayton. Posing as a zoo representative, Frank makes a contract with animal exporter Henry Gratz to use his cages for trapped tigers. Unknown to Frank, Gratz and local physician Dr. Lang have been poisoning tigers with a substance that makes them crazed, and then releasing the animals near plantations. After Frank and Peter find a poisoned dart in a tiger they have trapped, they bring the dart to Geoffrey's granddaughter Linda, who is Lang's assistant, to determine the poison content. Lang steals the dart, however, and warns Gratz that Frank is on their trail. When another tiger is captured, Frank and Peter recognize it as a cat they saw being tortured at Gratz's. Gratz claims that his tiger had escaped, but Frank realizes that a bamboo sheath he sees on the floor of Gratz's office was used to make the poisoned dart. That night on the plantation, Gratz's assistant Takko releases a deadly leopard into Linda's room. Frank rescues Linda, and again recognizes the cat as one he had trapped and was keeping at Gratz's. After further evidence points to Gratz's guilt, Gratz tries to kill Frank and Peter, but is trampled to death by a herd of frightened elephants. After Linda determines that the poison from the darts is synthetic, Lang reveals that he has been working for the Nazis in an effort to harm the Allied war effort. Frank then grabs Lang's gun and narrowly avoids being hit by one of Takko's poisoned darts, which instead strikes Lang. Lang is killed by his own poison, and Takko is killed by Ali. After rounding up the tigers, Frank leaves the jungle. +

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