Clyde Beatty (1903-1965) joined the circus as a cage cleaner as a teen and became famous as a lion tamer and animal trainer. He also was a circus impresario who owned his own show that later merged with the Cole Bros. Circus to form the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros.Circus. Beatty became famous for his "fighting act", in which he entered the cage with wild animals with a whip and a pistol strapped to his side. The act was designed to showcase his courage and mastery of the wild beasts, which included lions, tigers, cougars, and hyenas, sometimes brought together all at once in a single cage in a potentially lethal combination. At the height of his fame, the act featured 40 lions and tigers of both sexes.
Such was Beatty's fame that he appeared in about 10 films from the 1930s through the 1950s and on television until the 1960s.
1. The Lost Jungle (1934) - Clyde Beatty:
Clyde Beatty, animal trainer extraordinaire, sets off in a dirigible to find his love who's been shipwrecked on an uncharted island.
This is the Feature version of the 1934 serial "The Lost Jungle." [See below]
2. Perils of the Jungle (1953) - Clyde Beatty
On an African safari with his friend Grant (Stanley Farrar), Clyde Beatty plans to buy some black-maned Numbian lions from Jo Carter (Phyllis Coates) but her animals are wiped out by a fire. Despite interference by rival dealer Gorman (John Doucette), who hopes to ruin Jo, Beatty saves her business by helping her to capture an adult gorilla.
3. The Lost Jungle - Clyde Beatty (1934) - 12 Chapter Movie Serial from Mascot Pictures
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A big-game hunter (Frank Buck) travels to Malaya to help stop the Nazis and Japanese from destroying the rubber industry.
Nona Brooks (Arline Judge), former member of a stranded theatrical troupe, earns a temporary living singing in a cafe in Duakwa, British Rhodesia, in Africa. The cafe owner is secretly in league with two foreign agents with a goal of making the natives restless. American explorer Larry Mason (John King) leaves for the jungle with his servant, Jeff (Mantan Moreland) and a safari. Nona escapes the cafe into the jungle but is followed by the agents as, unknowing to her; she is carrying a report of the agent's activities. She joins the safari just as all hands are captured by a tribe of natives.
A white gorilla is snubbed by black gorillas because he is the wrong color. Cut off from his tribe he becomes lonely and angry. After troubling hunters and natives, the white gorilla fights the king of the black gorillas while we are told by a narrator that the fate of Africa hangs in the balance.
Suspecting that a safari guide is a wanted killer, undercover policeman Geoffrey Bishop (Richard Fraser) joins a safari led by the suspect for a scientist that hopes to find and prove that a fabled white gorilla is a missing link.
5. THE LION MAN (1936) Jon Hall - A young boy who's father was killed, has the opportunity to seek revenge. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Lad and the Lion, This Tarzan like melodrama shifts the scene from Darkest Africa to the Arabian Desert. The treacherous Sheik Youssef Ab-Dur (Ted Adams) kills an entire expedition and among the slain is Sir Ronald Chatham (Eric Snowden). Unbeknownst to the sheik, Sir Ronald's young son (Bobby Fairy) is saved from the attack by Sherrifa (Finis Barton) and given to a kindhearted desert mystic, Hassan El Dinh (Richard Carlyle). A young adult and now known far and wide as El L'ion, young Chatham (Jon Hall) goes in search of the villain who killed his father, falling in love along the way with the beautiful Eulilah (Kathleen Burke).
6. DRUMS OF AFRICA (1941) Buster Crabbe - An expedition to find the city of the dead sets off for Africa
7. King Solomon's Mines (1937) Paul Robeson & Cedric Hardwicke - White hunter Allan Quarter main (Cedric Hardwicke ) and his enigmatic guide (Paul Robeson) help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.
8. King Solomon's Mines (1985) Richard Chamberlain & Sharon Stone - Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer.