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The Sign of the Wolf (1931)

Passed | | Western | 1 May 1931 (USA)
John Farnum returns from India with the 'secret of the jewels', two small chains that turn sand into jewels. Outlaws know about the chains and are after them. But Tom, sidekick Bud, and the... See full summary »


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(story and adaptation) (as Elizabeth Burbridge), (story and adaptation)


Complete credited cast:
Ruth Farnum
John Farnum
Butch Kohler
Joe Bonomo ...
Josephine Hill ...
Pearl - Gang Moll
Joe - Henchman
Al Ferguson ...
Clyde Winslow / Dick - Henchman
Prince Kuva
Muro the Dog ...
King - Farnum's Dog (as King-Emperor of All Dogs)


John Farnum returns from India with the 'secret of the jewels', two small chains that turn sand into jewels. Outlaws know about the chains and are after them. But Tom, sidekick Bud, and the wonder dog King are there to repeatedly fight off their attempts. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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1 May 1931 (USA)  »

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(10 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Drums of Doom; 2. The Dog of Destiny; 3. The Wolf's Fangs; 4. The Fatal Shot; 5. The Well of Terror; 6. The Wolf Dogs; 7. Trapped; 8. The Secret Mark; 9. Tongues of Flame; 10. The Lost Secret. See more »


Edited into The Lone Trail (1932) See more »

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Early Sound Serial
17 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sign of the Wolf is not the best of the independently produced serials in the early days of sound, but it is a fast paced adventure with a few tinges of intrigue to keeps things from becoming too monotonous. The plot concerns a rancher named John Farnum (Harry Todd), who while in India buys a small puppy that carries the Sign of the Wolf, which enables him to tell good people from evil ones. He also buys two chains from an unscrupulous killer that are made from a rare radioactive material, when put into a container with heated sand, the sand is transformed into priceless jewels. The chains were stolen from a sacred temple and the guardian of the chains,Prince Kuva (Edmond Cobb) is dispatched to retrieve them. Years pass and Farnum, who has been receiving menacing notes from Kuva by way of blow gun darts, has decided to sell the chains to multi-millionaire Clyde Winslow (Al Ferguson). But Winslow would prefer to steal the chains instead of the simple and more cost effective method of just purchasing them outright and hires local outlaw Butch (Jack Mower) and his gang to do the dirty work. Preventing this is Farnum's daughter Ruth (Virginia Brown Faire), her sweetheart, local rancher Tom (Rex Lease), his ranch foreman Bud (Joe Bonomo), and the now grown up wolf dog Muro (King). The serial has a lot of good western action in it with chases on horse back, shootouts, and fist fights that allow Bonomo to frequently demonstrate his fame as the Strong Man of Film by lifting full grown men over his head and tossing them around like they weighed nothing. But the plot is extremely repetitive with first one group getting the chains, the good guys retrieving them and so on and so on, intermixed with scenes of Cobb popping up every now and then to send another note. As for the dog's supernatural ability to tell friend from foe, it isn't used at all, except to explain at the end of the serial why Cobb can keep hanging around the Farnum ranch and not get mauled unlike the outlaws who can't take two steps across the property line without getting kneecapped by King.

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