King of the Wild (1931)

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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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Nora Lane ...
Tom Santschi ...
Dorothy Christy ...
Victor Potel ...
Arthur McLaglen ...
Otto Hoffman ...
Man in Black Glasses / Mrs. Colby
Carroll Nye ...
Albert De Winton ...
Cyril Wainwright
Fletcher Norton ...
Ilgrey - Mustapha Hench
Merrill McCormick ...
Ship's Officer
Martha Lalande ...
Mustapha's Henchwoman
Earl Douglas ...
Rajah's Brother


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

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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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(12 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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Sound recording services were secured by the Disney Sound Recording Co. George Lowerre, the film's sound engineer, was an employee of that company and not of Mascot Pictures. See more »


Stock footage from African and New Guinea natives are mixed. See more »


Harris: You don't look like anyone who would shoot a man down in cold blood.
Robert Grant: You're right. You better look close, Harris, and you'll see that I'm serious. After all, that time I spent in prison for you, you still think I wouldn't shoot?
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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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