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Adventures Of A Jungle Boy, The (ABC 1959, Michael Carr Hartley, Ronald Adam)

In The Adventures Of A Jungle Boy, following a plane crash which kills his family, a young boy finds a new home in the wilds of the East African jungle, helped in his adventures by a pet Cheeta and a doctor who is researching the area.

Filmed on location actually in Africa, this Tarzan cash in was quite a high profile series in the early days of international television. Carr Hartley, who played Jungle Boy, had apparently grown up handling dangerous animals and was a natural in the animal scenes. He would later end up running his own African game reserve.

Most of the plots in the thirteen part series were very Tarzan like and featured JB tangling with hunters, helping missionaries, saving babies and battling with bandits. The chimp involved in the series was called Ninga and most of the guest cast were English and included the likes of Peter Dynely, Patrick Holt, Conrad Phillips, Glynn Davies and even Leonard (The Good Old Days) Sachs.

production details
UK / ABC – Gross Krasne – Republic Pictures / 13×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 January – 4 April 1959 and made in black and white

Executive Producers: Jack j. Gross, Philip N. Krasne / Producer and Director: George Breakston

cast
MICHAEL CARR HARTLEY as Jungle Boy
RONALD ADAM as Dr Laurence

EPISODE TITLES
1. MEET JUNGLE BOY
2. ADOPTION STORY
3. THE DOCTOR MAN
4. CHILD BY THE RIVER
5. BOY AND THE REVEREND
6. JOURNEY UP RIVER
7. YOUNG LOVE
8. DOCTOR’S DILEMMA
9. JUNGLE BOY AND THE DIAMONDS
10. THE BURIAL GROUND
11. THE WAYS OF A WITCH DOCTOR
12. KIDNAPPED
13. RUNAWAY BOY