The film is grainy, the narration dramatic, the hunt perhaps staged…it’s perfect weekend matinee viewing.
Howard Hill is arguably the greatest archer who ever lived. He cut a dashing figure and was perfect for film in the early days of Hollywood and movie making. This snippet may have come from Hill’s 1951 “documentary” Tembo, wherein he and his party trek through equatorial Africa.
Here, Hill allegedly answers the call from a group of villagers to kill a lion that’s been preying on their cattle. Hill makes a quick, dramatic stalk of the lion before dispatching it with his bow and arrows.
There’s plenty of unusual editing, curious animal sounds and questionable veracity concerning the hunt. But it’s a marvelous glimpse into old filmmaking and the onscreen presence of an archery legend.