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King of the Wild (1931)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Horror  -  1 March 1931 (USA)
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American adventurer Richard Grant is falsely accused of murdering an Indian noble and escapes to Africa in search of diamond field and the real culprit.

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Arthur McLaglen ...
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Prince Dakka
Otto Hoffman ...
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Albert De Winton ...
Cyril Wainwright
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Ilgrey - Mustapha Hench
Merrill McCormick ...
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Martha Lalande ...
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Earl Douglas ...
Rajah's Brother
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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 duke1029@aol.com

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An all-talking serial in twelve stirring chapters


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1 March 1931 (USA)  »

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Djungelmänniskan  »

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Like most of the serials made from 1928-31, this one contains music over the opening and closing main titles only. See more »

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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 »

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Mustapha: It is really a curse for a woman.
Harris: Women! Ah, I don't trust them! They sell you out!
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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
5 July 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

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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