The popularity of Nanook of the North encouraged widespread distribution of other feature-length pictures documenting expeditions into the wild. Unlike Nanook, this one had no cohesive narrative, but there was still enough novelty to make it interesting to the audiences of the day. Nearly every reviewer made a note of the expedition's use of automobiles to chase wild game after their oxen are killed by tsetse flies -- back then, nobody had imagined using a "flivver" to chase giraffes, and one wart hog actually turns around and attacks the hapless Model T. There are also scenes of South African diamond mines and a whaling sequence, in addition to the hunting for lions, elephants, and the like. The expedition, which took place from 1919 through early 1922, was sponsored by the Oakland Museum of Natural History, with H.A. Snow in charge. His son Sidney Snow was the cinematographer, and unlike most documentaries shot in the wild, the reels of film were actually developed on location.
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