By 1923 husband and wife team Martin and Osa Johnson had been making documentaries about some of the world's most untamed places for ten years. Instead of South Seas cannibals and restless natives, this time Martin Johnson tackled the wild beasts of Africa. With his usual mix of daring and humor (the latter supplied in part by editor and title writer Terry Ramsaye), he shows herds of giraffe, fierce rhinos, decorative zebras, mischievous monkeys -- and a trio of elephants that run away from the filmmakers instead of attacking them. Osa Johnson -- who was a singer before her marriage to the adventurous Martin -- proves to be her husband's equal in bravery, and there are quite a few bold close-ups of very dangerous creatures. While much of the Johnsons work stretched credibility at times, the authenticity of this particular film was endorsed by Dr. Carl Akerley of the American Museum of Natural History -- an explorer in his own right.
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