A Rin-Tin-Tin serial presented in 12 episodes. The mysterious Wolf Man is terrorizing settlers in a western town. With the help of Rinty, young Jimmy Carter unmasks the Wolf Man and foils ... See full summary »
Benjamin H. Kline,
Rin Tin Tin,
A frontier newspaper editor Kirby battles outlaw Tiger Morris who is causing indian uprisings to drive away settlers so that he will can claim a gold deposit as his own. With the help of ... See full summary »
Spencer Gordon Bennet,
Lon Chaney Jr.,
Natty Bumppo, known as Hawk-Eye, is a frontiersman in the American wilderness. Together with his Indian friends Chingachgook and Uncas, he fights battles against nefarious white soldiers as... See full summary »
B. Reeves Eason
Frank Coghlan Jr.
A gambling ring run out of the Mogul Taxi company is intent on fixing college football games. Football star Harold "Red" Grange is a target for the gamblers, whose thugs try to eliminate ... See full summary »
B. Reeves Eason
Harold 'Red' Grange,
A western adventure serial in 12 episodes. Buffalo Bill battles gambler Jim Rodney who is trying to scare off the townspeople so he can gain possession of a gold strike discovered in the ... See full summary »
The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala. It contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a ... See full summary »
Remade by Trem Carr and Paul Malvern's "Lone Star Productions" in 1935 as "Desert Trail" starring John Wayne.Cowhand Steve Kendall(Bob Steele) and slick eastern confidence man "Boston" ... See full summary »
John P. McCarthy
Musical comedy antics in an art deco bakery (motto: "Glorifying the American Doughnut") with Eddie Cantor as an assistant to a phoney psychic, who is mistaken for an efficiency expert and ... See full summary »
A. Edward Sutherland
Because American soldier-of-fortune Richard Grant is falsely accused in the murder of an Indian nobleman, he disguises himself as an Arab goes to sub Saharan Africa in search of a valuable diamond field. Along the way he meets beautiful Muriel Armitage and searches for her missing brother, Tom, supposedly murdered by the seductive femme fatale Mrs. LaSalle, who's murdered herself. An ocean liner carrying all the principals and the villainous big game hunter Harris catches fire and founders although his cargo of deadly big cats escape to the mainland. Harris is aided by Mustapha, his sinister Arab accomplice and Bimi the Ape Man, a ghastly missing link who obeys his evil master's every command. Written by
Like most of the serials made from 1928-31, this one contains music over the opening and closing main titles only. See more »
At the end of Chapter 2 when the ape man is on board the ship, he holds Nora lane horizontally and throws her out of frame. As she was thrown horizontally, it is physically impossible for her to land standing up against the cabin door. See more »
All we've got to do is tear this up and we're in soft for the rest of our lives.
None of that, Harris. We're playing this game straight.
Don't be a fool. We can have an entire kingdom at your feet.
You heard what I said. I'm playing this straight.
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Good early serial is an odd mix of locations and situations. Interesting for no other reason then Boris Karloff is a villain
Robert Grant is an American in the east who bears an uncanny resemblance to a Raja. When the Raja is killed by a tiger he was hunting Grant is forced to take his place so that the Raja's cousin won't seize the throne before the rightful heir can ascend. Unfortunately for Grant his friend Harris sells him out to the evil cousin because Grant refused to hold onto the throne and rape the country of all its wealth. What follows is a long chase as Grant tries to prove his innocence while disguised as an Arab (he's jailed for murder but escapes) and help the only one who knows who he really is find her brother who is being held captive until he relays the location of a diamond mine.
Its a complex story that has more chapter breaks then cliffhangers. Shot partially silent this is a good looking serial that is an odd mix of locations that are nowhere near each other (Africa, India, the desert...). Despite not having a music score the film moves along reasonably well, even if the plot does tend to fold back on itself. The cast is pretty good with Boris Karloff one of the baddies looking for the diamond mine. Not the best, nor the worst but worth a look if you're in a forgiving mode, besides where else can you see an ape-man as a henchmen? It should be pointed out that the serial is what many would call racially insensitive. The portrayal of Arabs is mostly as villains and the black natives is of savages with bones through their noses.If you are offended by such portrayals, which were very much of the time this was made, look elsewhere.
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