I Married Adventure stars Osa Johnson and follows her 1940 best selling book of the same title. Osa is portrayed in studio produced scenes cut with actual footage from her nine world expeditions taken in Africa, Borneo, and the South Seas. If you have already seen Simba (1927), Congorilla (1932) or Baboona (1935), you will recognize the footage. Osa plays herself and her acting abilities are limited. Still, it is a remarkable story that is unique, and gives the viewer a rare insight into pre-WW2
Expeditions in Borneo by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson show the terrain, flora, fauna and lifestyle of Borneo as the Johnsons search for a huge orangutan.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson take a flying trip across darkest Africa (sponsored by Fox Movietone News), and film everything in sight before returning to New York,where the Fox Movietone Newsreel department made something out of the footage they brought back. As usual, staged scenes of danger and peril, such as landing their plane on an unexplored lake filled with crocodiles, which didn't seem to bother whoever was on the unexplored shore shooting the landing. (imdb)
Tearing Through the Barriers of an Empire of Death (imdb)
As if they were showing their film to a few friends in their home, the Johnsons describe their trip across the world, which begins in the South Pacific islands of Hawaii, Samoa, Australia, the Solomons (where they seek and find cannibals), and New Hebrides. Thence on to Africa via the Indian Ocean, Suez Canal, North Africa, and the Nile River to lion country in Tanganyika. (They are briefly joined in Khartum by George Eastman and Dr. Al Kayser.
A groundbreaking travelogue, Simba follows the intrepid American filmmaking couple Osa and Martin Johnson on their four year expedition over the African subcontinent.
Among the Cannibal Isles of the South Pacific (1918) - Short Film
Documentary of an expedition by Martin E. Johnson and his wife into the native habitats of the Solomon and New Hebrides Islands in the South Pacific. The Johnsons travelled 18,000 miles by schooner, whaleboat, and native canoe to shoot footage of tribes previously unseen outside their native lands.