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June 1997, Week 4


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William McRae <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 26 Jun 1997 08:12:15 -0500
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        I would appreciate any help in locating a c. 1926 film entitled
GORILLA HUNT.  It was initially filmed as a travelogue/documentary (a la
the "Johnsons") about the capturing of young gorillas in the then Belgian
Congo, but scenes were later added to jazz it up or possibly to make it
into a semi-narrative.  It played in Times Square in 1926 for at least a
month and was distributed by Joseph Kennedy and FBO.  It apparently also
played in England and possibly throughout Europe.  The Kennedy personal
copy was destoyed in a fire, but other 35mm prints may exist either in
the U.S. or overseas.  It may also have survived in 16mm format either in
some non-film archive as an untitled part of early studies of young gorilla
behavior, etc. or in the collection of a private colelctor of sci-fi or
related "horror" films.  We are looking for it in any format, film or
video, and/or any paper such as posters, reviews or press coverage.  Any
informtion  or leads on sources of eithr the film or material conneected
to it would be gretly appreciated.  You may e-mail me directly at:
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                                Thanks in advance,
                                William E. McRae
                                The Center for Cultural Studies
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