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Wyndham Gittens (story) &
Ford Beebe (story)
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1 March 1931 (USA) See more »
An all-talking serial in twelve stirring chapters
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 See more (2 total) »


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Walter Miller ... Robert Grant

Nora Lane ... Muriel Atrmitage

Tom Santschi ... Harris

Boris Karloff ... Mustapha
Dorothy Christy ... Mrs. LaSalle

Victor Potel ... Peterson
Arthur McLaglen ... Bimi - Ape Man

Mischa Auer ... Prince Dakka

Otto Hoffman ... Man in Black Glasses / Mrs. Colby
Carroll Nye ... Tom Armitage
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

Larry Steers ... British Officer
Eileen Schofield ... Woman
Walter Ferdna ... French Officer

Norman Feusier ... Grant's Shipboard Guard

Lafe McKee ... Police Inspector / Narrator
Dick La Reno ... Ships Captain
Floyd Shackelford ... Native Chief

Directed by
B. Reeves Eason 
Richard Thorpe 
Writing credits
Wyndham Gittens (story and scenario) &
Ford Beebe (story and scenario)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer
Original Music by
Lee Zahler (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Ben Kline)
Edward A. Kull  (as Edward Kull)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Theodore Joos .... assistant director
Lionel Backus .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Lowerre .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Wyndham Gittens .... supervising editor
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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248 min (12 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 »
Continuity: Stock footage from African and New Guinea natives are mixed.See more »
Harris:Did you see an Arab running this way?See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

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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