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Kings Of The Jungle

Buster Crabbe

Buster’s 1st appearance in a loincloth was as Kasper The Lion Man in “King Of The Jungle”. This was followed by his 1st & only Tarzan film, “Tarzan The Fearless” (1933). The Sci-fi serials “Buck Rogers” & “Flash Gordon” came later, as did a string of B-movie “Billy The Kid” westerns.

Fact File

Birth Name: Clarence Linden Crabbe

Date Of Birth: 17th February 1907

Place Of Birth: Oakland, California, USA

Date Of Death: 23rd April 1983

Place Of Death: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Height: 6’ 1”

Spouse: Adah Virginia Held (1933 - 1983 Until his death)

Debut Film: “Good News” (1930 Uncredited)

Signature Roles: Tarzan, Flash Gordon & Buck Rogers i.e. The top 3 fictional heroes of the 1930’s & 1940’s

* In the 1932 Summer Olympics (Los Angeles) Buster won the Gold Medal for the 400m Freestyle Swimming. 

* In 1946 Buster Crabbe starred with Johnny Weissmuller in the action-packed jungle adventure “Swamp Fire”.

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Buster Crabbe Movies on VHS & DVD

Flash Gordon (Space Soldiers) [DVD](1936) DVD
The dauntless Flash Gordon leapt from the comic pages to celluloid with this popular chapterplay starring Buster Crabbe. Flash, Dr. Zarkov and Dale soar off to stop the planet Mongo from barreling through space toward Earth, and face an onslaught of snags (monkey-men, vicious reptiles, Gocko, etc.) courtesy of Ming the Merciless (Charles Middleton). AKA: "Fiery Planet." 13 chapters; 246 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; chapter index.

Flash Gordon: The Deadly Ray From Mars [DVD](1938) DVD
In this feature version of the 1938 serial "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars," Flash (Buster Crabbe), along with Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov, journeys to Mars to learn the origin of a ray that's bombarding Earth and playing havoc with the weather. There, they discover that Ming the Merciless has teamed up with Queen Azura, and if they're not stopped Earth will be destroyed! 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Buck Rogers [DVD](1939) DVD
Emerging from a state of hibernation after 500 years, Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe) and young Buddy Wade wake up to a world held in a grip of fear by Killer Kane, and must zoom off to the ringed planet for help from the Saturnians. Co-stars Constance Moore and Jackie Moran. 12 chapters; 241 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; theatrical trailers; scene access.

Sheriff Of Sage Valley(1942) VHS
Larry "Buster" Crabbe plays two roles in this thrilling western yarn. He's Billy the Kid, the famous outlaw, who is mistakenly appointed mayor of a Western town and promises to keep it clean. Soon, however, he's confronted by his oily twin brother, gambler Kansas Ed. Al St. John, Tex "Dave" O'Brien also star.

Fugitive Of The Plains(1943) VHS
When outlaws turn a young woman into a criminal, Billy the Kid saves the day. Buster Crabbe stars as the western legend; with Karl Hackett, Jack Ingram. 56 min.

The Kid Rides Again(1943) VHS
Things aren't going swimmingly for Buster Crabbe as he is once more forced to dodge a posse of a corrupt sheriff with whom "he just can't get along." Al St. John is once more at Buster's side. AKA: "Billy the Kid Rides Again." 60 min.

Nabonga [DVD](1944) DVD
A gorilla named Nabonga warms up to a teenage girl whose plane, which was also carrying a bundle of embezzled cash, crash lands in the Belgian Congo. Years later, Buster Crabbe sets out after the girl and must do battle with villains after the lost booty. With Julie London. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.

Border Badmen(1945) VHS
Oh, they're bad, bad, border badmen...meanest men on the whole border. Badder than ol' King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog. Only Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy Knight can stop them from closing on cattle barons. 58 min.

Swamp Fire [DVD](1946) DVD
Screen Tarzans Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe find themselves on opposite sides of the law and rivals for Virginia Grey in this rarely seen actioner set in the Louisiana bayou. Look for a young David Janssen among the alligators. 69 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access. Plays All Regions.

Alien Dead [DVD](1980) DVD
A group of aliens arrive on Earth on a meteorite, then use their powers to transform humans into flesh-eating zombies. Who can stop the rampaging living dead? Why, a news reporter and a game warden, of course! This Fred Olen Ray production stars Buster Crabbe, Ray Roberts. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery; audio commentary; "making of" documentary.


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10 Tarzan Classics on VHS (non-Weissmuller)

Tarzan's Revenge(1938) VHS
Decathlon champ Glenn Morris takes over the reins as Tarzan, rescuing a young woman from the evil clutches of a demented ruler, who has designs on keeping her for himself in his hidden fortress. Co-stars Eleanor Holm and C. Henry Gordon. 70 min.

Tarzan And The Green Goddess(1938) VHS
A special opening sequence was added to this jungle thriller, the second feature to be culled from 1935's "The New Adventures of Tarzan" serial. The ape man (Herman Brix) and his allies are in Guatemala, where they must guard the fabled Green Goddess statue from crooks who want an explosives formula hidden inside it. With Ula Holt, Frank Baker. 72 min.

Tarzan The Fearless(1933) VHS
Olympic great Buster Crabbe dons the loincloth this time as the Lord of the Jungle, helping a young girl find her father, discovering a lost city and fighting treacherous Arabs. Adapted from the serial of the same title. 78 min.

Tarzan And The Trappers(1958) VHS
Enforcing the jungle's code of justice, Tarzan (Gordon Scott) tries to impede the actions of greedy trappers capturing animals for zoos and save a noble chieftain ("Scatman" Crothers) along the way. Also stars Eve Brent. 71 min.

Tarzan Of The Apes(1918) VHS
The screen legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs' jungle hero began with this faithful silent version, with Elmo Lincoln as the son of Lord and Lady Greystoke who, after his parents are killed in Africa, is raised by apes and learns to live by the laws of the jungle. Co-stars Enid Markey, True Boardman. 61 min. Silent with music score.

Tarzan's New Adventure(1935) VHS
The animal skin and vine have once again been handed down, this time to another Olympic star, Herman Brix, in this feature version of the serial "The New Adventures of Tarzan." Two expeditions, each seeking the legendary "Green Goddess" idol, square off in the Central American jungle, and only Tarzan can set things right. With Ula Holt, Frank Baker. 73 min.

Tarzan, The Ape Man(1981) VHS
Bo Derek is the swinging-est Jane yet in this sexy version of the legend. Dry, wet or undressed, Bo will steal your heart and bulge your eyes. No wonder jungle king Miles O'Keeffe screams, "ah uhh-uhh ah-uh!" Richard Harris co-stars. 112 min.

Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes(1984) VHS
Faithfully adapted from Burroughs' first Tarzan novel, this film from director Hugh Hudson ("Chariots of Fire") follows the adventures of the jungle lord as he is orphaned as an infant, grows up among the apes, and returns to England to reclaim his heritage. Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson star. Special video edition contains footage not show in theatres. 136 min.

Tarzan And The Lost City(1998) VHS
Edgar Rice Burroughs' famed hero returns in this adventure saga which finds Tarzan in England, enjoying life as Lord Greystoke and about to marry Lady Jane Porter. When he learns that an explorer's quest for the fabled Lost City of Opar threatens his jungle domain, Tarzan slips back into the loincloth to help. Casper Van Dien and Jane March star. 84 min.

Tarzan The Tiger(1929) VHS
Frank Merrill, as Tarzan, must rescue Jane from native slave traders and keep thieves from stealing the "pretty pebbles" that make up the jewel city of Opar. With Natalie Kingston, Lillian Worth; 10 swinging episodes. Silent with music score.


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Tarzan The Fearless (1933)
Nabonga (1944)

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