Rango was one of several quasi-documentaries produced by future King Kong maven Ernest B. Schoedsack. The film begins with a dramatized prologue, as a small boy (Douglas Scott) listens in rapt attention while his uncle (Claude King), recently returned from India, relates the story of a baby orangutan named Rango. The bulk of the film concerns the efforts by elderly hunter Ali and his son Bin to trap a marauding tiger. When Bin is himself cornered by the huge beast, Rango comes to the rescue, sacrificing his own life for the sake of his human friend. Though Schoedsack dismissed Rango as "just a little picture -- a trifle," Paramount had other ideas, ballyhooing the film as "the greatest entertainment in the history of the screen." … More
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