CTVA UK - "Adventures of a Jungle Boy" (Grosse-Krasne) (1957) Michael Carr Hartley, Ronald Adam

CTVA
The Classic TV Archive - UK  Crime Adventure series

Gross-Krasne Productions:-
"Big Town" (1950-56)
  "Mayor of the Town" (1954-55)   "O.Henry Playhouse" (1957)    "Glencannon" (UK, 1957-58)
 "The Lone Wolf" (US, 1954-55)  "The Pursuers" (UK, 1961-62)
"Adventures of a Jungle Boy" (1957)   "African Patrol" (1958-59)
Adventures of a Jungle Boy
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Alan Keeling (Warley, West Midlands, UK)
Tom Dischley [TD]
Dinosaur TV - Save Our Forgotten British Heritage (David Moore)
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://www.us.imdb.com)

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ADVENTURES OF A JUNGLE BOY
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Kenya Productions, Ltd.
Gross-Krasne, Inc.
Republic Pictures Corporation
Executive Producers Jack J. Gross and Philip N. Krasne
Produced and Directed by George Breakston (b1920-d1973) (all episodes)

UK-Africa children's adventure series 1957 13 episodes x 30 min bw
starring
Michael Carr Hartley as Jungle Boy
Ronald Adam (b1896-d1979) as Dr. Laurence

Premise:
African adventures of a boy who grows up in the wilds as an orphan
when the rest of his family is killed in an airplane crash. He is
assisted by a medical researcher, and his pet cheetah.

Filmed entirely on location in Kenya, East Africa.

Gross-Krasne also produced
'Mayor of the Town' starring Thomas Mitchell 1954 39 episodes US
'O.Henry Playhouse' starring Thomas Mitchell 1956 39 episodes US
'African Patrol' starring John Bentley 1957 39 episodes UK-Africa
'Glencannon' starring Thomas Mitchell 1958 39 episodes UK
'The Pursuers' starring Louis Hayward 1963 39 episodes UK

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1.1 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  MEET JUNGLE BOY (a.k.a. "Boy and Cub") (pilot)
1957
Produced and Directed by George Breakston (b1920-d1973)
Teleplay by Arthur Hoerl (b1892-d1968)
special music composed by Phil Green
director of photography, Ekkart Kyrath
assistant director, Richard Herbine
camera operator, Johnny Johnson
film editor, Asa Clark, A.C.E.
sound, Kenneth Cornwell
unit manager, Thomas Mann
makeup, Audrey Cooper
wardrobe, Ann Cornwell.
Guest Cast:
Peter Dynely
Richard Herbine.
Synopsis:
Jungle Boy is in his tree-top home with Cheetah when he sees
hunters approaching. After an amazing demonstration by Jungle
Boy of his familiarity with animals, the hunters retire empty-handed.

1.2 Adventures of a Jungle Boy: ADOPTION STORY
1957
The Health Authorities tour the country, checking on a fever
epidemic. Cheetah instinctively refuses to drink from one pool
and proves it to be a breeding ground for the germs.

1.3 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  THE DOCTOR MAN ( a.k.a. "Missing Son")
1957
Jungle Boy discovers that Babu, the chimp's baby is very ill
and collects medicinal plants. But Babu's condition does not
improve. Jungle Boy is puzzled but the crisis passes and Babu recovers.

1.4 Adventures of a Jungle Boy: CHILD BY THE RIVER
1957
Teleplay by Basil Dawson
Directed by George Breakson
Guest Cast:
Diana Lambert .......... Grace Holloway
Glynn Davies ........... Ernie Holloway
Mark Perkins ........... Baby
Patrick Holt ........... Brever
Conrad Phillips ........ Jimson
Jungle Boy and Cheetah find a crying baby in a basket. After
ensuring the baby's safety, they elude the trap set for them,
rescue the father and reunite the family.
(27Aug60 ABC UK, Sat 5:15pm)

1.5 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  BOY AND THE REVEREND
1957
The Rev. Andrew Vardon - a missionary - is stranded in bush
country and is found by Jungle Boy. A native warrior catches
them . While Vardon is held hostage, Jungle Boy sets out to
find a white doctor who will save the native Chief's life.

1.6 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  JOURNEY UP RIVER
1957
Guest Cast:
Monica Stevenson ........ Margaret
David Oxley ............. Lloyd
Peter Hobbes ............ Lasker
Dervis Ward ............. Maulin
The doctor is called to attend Mrs. Kerr, wife of a bush farmer,
about to have a baby. Her husband is missing, held prisoner by
two men who think there are diamionds on his land. Jungle Boy
and Cheetah save the day in time to hear baby's first cries.
(01Jan62 Tyne-Tees UK)

1.7 Adventures of a Jungle Boy: YOUNG LOVE
1957
Jungle Boy is asked to take Ellen, young Dr. Keven's assistant,
on a trip, falls in love with her and becomes jealous of Dr.Keven.
Dr. Keven is lost for two days. Jungle Boy saves his life and
learns the lesson of true love.

1.8 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  DOCTOR'S DILEMMA
1957
Alan Manley and his daughter Florence are returning to England
when Troy, his foreman attacks him in a jealous rage. Jungle
Boy tracks a doctor's jeep to the scene and intervenes when Troy
tries to carry off his daughter.

1.9 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  JUNGLE BOY AND THE DIAMONDS
1957
Jungle Boy and Cheetah are out fishing when they meet a
prospector, who sees a diamond in the river. The prospector
robs him, but is bitten by a snake while escaping. Jungle Boy
nurses him back to health, then gives him a diamond in exchange
for a geiger-counter.

1.10 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  THE BURIAL GROUND
1957
Guest Cast:
Robert Arden ............ Brooker
Leonard Sachs ........... Englefield
Ed Johnson .............. Mbasa
Nua ..................... Old Samburi man
Jungle Boy and Cheetah meet an archaeologist and his white
guide excavating an ancient burial ground, sacred to the
Saburis, who threaten to attack. The police arrive just in
time to prevent further bloodshed.
(29Jan62 Tyne-Tees UK, Mon 5:25 pm)

1.11 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  THE WAYS OF A WITCH DOCTOR
1957
A woman is overcome by a form of paralysis. Jungle Boy knows
a witch doctor who has cured this paralysis and succeeds in
persauding him to make the medicine.

1.12 Adventures of a Jungle Boy:  KIDNAPPED
1957
Synopsis 1:
Jungle Boy, Cheetah and Ninga, the chimp, meet two armed
white bandits on the run. One of them is wounded and Jungle
Boy fetches Dr. Lawrence, who tells him to get the police. When
the doctor, who recognizes the men, is taken hostage, Jungle Boy
retaliates by laying a false trail.
Synopsis 2:
Kent and Wickers rob the Nairobi Bank and flee into the jungle. [TD]
(11Sep65 WPIX NYC Saturday 9:30 AM)

1.13 Adventures of a Jungle Boy: RUNAWAY BOY
1957
Jungle Boy befriends Eddie, a fifteen-year-old boy who has
run away from Reform School. After being saved from the
crocodiles by Jungle Boy, Eddie promises to give himself
up and mend his ways.

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"Take a 13-year-old white boy and a cheetah, the fast living creature
on four legs, and turn them loose in the African bush. Let them play
together, and become involved in the day-to-day problems of survival
in the Jungle.
The very idea is fantastic! Many people would never believe that it
could happen. Yet this is what had to happen before Jungle Boy could be
brought to television audiences. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing
about this series of 13 half-hour films is the fact that all the animal
shots are genuine.
Only one boy in the entire world could have starred in Jungle Boy -
Michael Carr Hartley. The star of this series had to be a teenage
white boy, with acting ability and outstanding personality. He must
know East Africa, its people and its customs. But above all, he must
know how to gain the confidence and respect of the animals - from
pythons to elephants - and work with them without fear.
Michael has these outstanding qualifications. The other star is
'Cheetah', the devoted friend of Jungle Boy. Without them both, this
amazing series could not possibly have been made. Michael is the son
of a famous animal-handler. He learned from babyhood to gain the
confidence of all wild creatures. Viewers will look in vain for
'tricks' as Michael plays safely with animals normally considered
dangerous. There are no such 'tricks' because Michael enjoys the
complete trust of his animal friends.
Jungle Boy is quite unspolied by any 'trick' shots. All its scenes
are real and have been filmed on the spot in East Africa. There has
never a series like it before. It is doubtful whether there will ever
be a series like it again. A bold claim but once you have seen
'Adventures of a Jungle Boy' you will know it to be true."
PUBLICITY 1957

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Michael Carr-Hartley is currently (2001) living in Kenya and owns
"Carr-Hartley Safaris" with his family.  Erin <ecmick@msn.com>

From: carrhartleyusa@aol.com (August 2008)
He now lives in Aiken SC


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