Bring 'Em Back Alive

Show Type: Adventure

First Telecast: September 24, 1982

Last Telecast: June 21, 1983

Broadcast History:

September 1982, Friday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

September 1982-December 1982, Tuesday 8:00-9:00 on CBS

January 1983-February 1983, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on CBS

May 1983-June 1983, Tuesday 8:00-9:00 on CBS


Frank Buck..... Bruce Boxleitner

Gloria Marlowe..... Cindy Morgan

H.H. - The Sultan of Johore..... Ron O'Neal

Myles Delany..... Sean McClory

G.B. VonTurgo...... John Zee

Ali...... Clyde Kusatsu

Bhundi..... Harvey Jason

Chaing, The Bartender..... George Lee Cheong


Inspired by the box-office success of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, CBS brought this period adventure series to TV viewers the following year. Frank Buck was a legendary guide and Great White Hunter, living in Malaya during the years just prior to World War II. Operating out of the Raffles Hotel bar in Singapore, an establishment run by his good friend Myles Delaney, Frank donned pith helmet and ventured forth every week to deal with the baddies of Southeast Asia. His foes ran the gamut from smugglers, warlords, and bounty hunters to spies, strutting Nazis, and menacing Japanese. Lantern-jawed Frank dispatched them all we Úlan, although G.B. VonTurgo, the top man in the Singapore underworld, did manage to create recurring problems for Frank and his friends. On the side of the good guys were Gloria Marlowe, the pretty new American vice consul in Singapore; the regal Sultan of Johore; and Frank's loyal assistant, Ali. Bhundi was an associate of VonTurgo who, though essentially a criminal, would switch sides if he thought the price would benefit him.

There was a real Frank Buck, a famous animal trapper in the 1940's, and the book which provided the title for this series was about his exploits. Any resemblance, however, between the real Buck and the character portrayed in this series, was purely coincidental.