Fang and Claw

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Fang and Claw
Fang and Claw (1935) film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Frank Buck
Produced by Amedee J. Van Beuren
Written by Frank Buck,
Ferrin Fraser (uncredited)
Starring Frank Buck
Narrated by Frank Buck
Music by Winston Sharples
Cinematography Harry E. Squire, Nicholas Cavaliere
Edited by Horace Woodard, Stacy Woodard
Distributed by RKO
Release date
  • 1935 (1935)
Running time
68 or 73-74 minutes[clarification needed]
Country United States
Language English
Czech poster for the film

Fang and Claw is a 1935 jungle adventure documentary starring Frank Buck. Buck continues his demonstration of the ingenious methods by which he traps wild birds, mammals and reptiles in Johore.[1]


Among the scenes in the film:

  • Buck shoots a tiger attacking a young rhino and captures the rhino.
  • Buck captures a bird of paradise
  • Buck captures a 24-foot (7.3 m) python by shooting off the tree limb supporting the snake
  • Buck captures a large group of monkeys by luring them with tapioca.”[2]

Behind the camera[edit]

The film took nine months to make. A 27-foot-long (8.2 m) python cinematographer Harry E. Squire was helping Buck to force into a box left a 4-inch (100 mm) wound on Squire’s right arm.[3]


“The intrepid Mr. Buck displays his ingenuity and courage…Fang and Claw will be welcomed by the youngsters."[4]

The film made a profit of $46,000 for RKO.[5]


  1. ^ Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. xi. ISBN 0-89672-582-0. 
  2. ^ The Screen. Andre Sennwald. New York Times December 28, 1935
  3. ^ Buck Cameraman relates thrills of jungle treks. Evening Independent - Google News Archive - Feb 19, 1936
  4. ^ Kaspar Monahan. The Show Shops. Pittsburgh Post Gazette January 17, 1936
  5. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p91

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