Adventures of a Jungle Boy

1 9 5 7  (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes

Producers of Jungle Boy were searching for some time for a youngster to play the title role in the planned series who could handle the animals he would have to co-star with.

It was whilst searching locations in East Africa that one of the producers came across Michael Carr Hartley, the fourteen-year-old son of a famous naturalist and wild animal handler.

Young Michael, who had lived in Kenya all his life, was riding on the back of a rare white rhinoceros when first noticed.

The understanding that Michael had with the animals made him a natural for the role of the boy who grows up in the wilds as an orphan when the rest of his family is killed in a plane crash.

Filmed entirely on location in Kenya, East Africa, the regular cast featured Ronald Adam as Dr Lawrence and Jungle Boy's pet cheetah.

Jungle Boy
Michael Carr Hartley
Dr Lawrence
Ronald Adam