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Booloo (1938 film).jpg
Directed byClyde E. Elliott
Produced byClyde E. Elliott
Screenplay byRobert E. Welsh
Story byClyde E. Elliott
StarringColin Tapley
Jayne Regan
Music byBoris Morros
Edited byEda Warren
Distributed byParamount Pictures[1]
Release date
  • July 29, 1938 (1938-07-29) (US)
Running time
60–61 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[1]

Booloo is a 1938 American adventure film directed by Clyde E. Elliott. It stars Colin Tapley as a British soldier who attempts to prove the existence of a legendary tiger.


Captain Robert Rogers, a British Army officer, publishes a book about his father's exploits. After it is ridiculed as a hoax, Rogers leaves for the Malay Peninsula to prove the existence of Booloo, the legendary tiger that killed his father.[1]



Paramount wanted another jungle adventure film after The Jungle Princess proved popular, and they recruited Clyde E. Elliott to shoot a film in Singapore. Elliott's two previous Malayan films, Bring 'Em Back Alive and Devil Tiger, had been criticized for lacking authenticity. Booloo addressed these concerns by using Asian actors when available. However, Paramount cut much of the footage starring these actors and reshot scenes in Hollywood. For example, the role of a native girl, originally played by Ratna Asmara, was recast to a Hawaiian actress, Mamo Clark.[2]


Paramount released Booloo in the US on July 29, 1938.[1]


Booloo received negative reviews, which criticized the story and editing.[2] Frank Nugent of The New York Times called it "an exciting and quite entertaining blend of the real and the make-believe".[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Booloo". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  2. ^ a b Lin, Chua Ai. "Reel Life Singapore: The Films of Clyde E. Elliott". National Library, Singapore. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  3. ^ Nugent, Frank (1938-07-30). "THE SCREEN; Clyde Elliott Goes After the White Tiger and Other Jungle Beasts in 'Booloo' at the Criterion At the 86th Street Casino At the 86th St. Garden Theatre". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-09-08.

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