"Hunting Tigers in India," now at the Repertory Theatre, is an instructive and entertaining record of Vernay's expedition for the American Museum of Natural History. Billed as an all-talkie,. it was filmed in India with silent cameras and later synchronized to allow an announcer to take the place of titles. Opening at the home of one of the leaders, the film, except for occasional cutbacks, rambles on with an unseen speaker and a background of music.
Tigers are not the picture's only subject. Elephants are seen bowling over trees, bathing themselves, and at the climax closing in, a hundred strong, on a trio of tigers. For the first time India's rare and ugly one-horned rhinocereses are shown on the screen. Other animal principals are water-buffalo, swamp-deer, wild pigs, and a flock of vultures.
An elephant towing an automobile is the most grotesque shot. Horror is furnished by a picture of the self-inflicted tortures of fanatics at a celebrated shrine. Scenes along the crowded city streets supply good relief from the animals.
Loose, rambling construction is the picture's only fault. The short features, which will remain without much change for the two weeks' run, are a curious conglomeration with good ideas weakened by being too drawn out. The first is a novelty orchestra. Then follows an admirable feature, the Quartet from "Rigoletto", with Gigli and Marion Talley. Krazy Kat, is the next. The last short has a catchy tune spoiled by a poor story and overacting.