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The Call of the Savage (1935)

 -  Adventure  -  15 April 1935 (USA)
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Two competing teams of scientists search the African jungles for a secret formula.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Trevor
Dorothy Short ...
Mona Andrews
Harry Woods ...
Borno (as H. L. Woods)
Bryant Washburn ...
Dr. Harry Trevor
Walter Miller ...
Dr. Frank Bracken
Fred MacKaye ...
Dr. Charles Phillips (as Fredric MacKaye)
John Davidson ...
Prince Samu [Chs. 11-12]
J. Frank Glendon ...
Speaker at Conference [Ch. 1]
Viva Tattersall ...
Georgia Trevor [Ch. 1]
Gwendolyn Logan ...
Mrs. Henry Andrews
William Desmond ...
Grace Cunard ...
Mrs. Camerford Amster [Ch. 1]
Russ Powell ...
Henry Andrews
Don Brodie ...
Dr. Carl Neff [Ch. 1] (as Don Brody)
Harry Worth ...
Dr. Carl Neff


Dr. Harry Trevor (Bryant Washburn), Dr. Frank Bracken (Walter Miller) and Dr. Charles Phillips (Fred MacKaye) are sent by the Caranfellow Institure to Africa to search for a formula that will cure infantile paralysis. Trevor is accompanied by his wife, Georgia (Viva Tattersall), and their young son Jan (Dickie Jones). Trevor discovers the formula but Bracken and Phillips conspire to steal it. Trevor writes half the formula on a piece of parchment and the other half on a flexible metal band which he places on Jan's wrist. Jan and his chimpanzee playmate wander into a menagerie on the post and his mother loses her life protecting him against a lion. Trevor is knocked unconscious, and the chimpanzee leads Jan into the jungle. Bracken and Phillips, believing Trevor is dead, head back to the U.S.A. They return fifteen years later, find the parchment half of the formula and lead a safari on a search for a boy named Jan who has been raised by the jungle animals. Written by Les Adams <>

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Animals battling each other for jungle supremacy! Attacking man for survival! LIONS and TIGERS! ELEPHANTS and MONKEYS! CHIMPANZEES and CROCODILES! Animals battling each other for jungle supremacy! Attacking man for survival! See more »




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Release Date:

15 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Savage Fury (II)  »

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. Shipwrecked

  • 2. Captured by Cannibals

  • 3. Stampeding Death

  • 4. Terrors of the Jungle

  • 5. Plumge of Peril

  • 6. Thundering Waters

  • 7. The Hidden Monster

  • 8. Jungle Treachery

  • 9. Avenging Firegod

  • 10.Descending Doom

  • 11.The Dragon Strikes

  • 12.The Pit of Flame

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Edited into Savage Fury (1956) See more »

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Serial silliness
9 April 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Really would like to recommend this one but forget it. The serial becomes boring after chapter 2 and stays that way until chapter 9. Short screams at anything! Beery is lousy! Dialogue is dumb! It DOES get better when they reach the lost kingdom of Mu however. John Davidson gives a sinister performance here but he comes way too late in the serial. Music is repetitious for the most part until chapter 10. The feature version "Savage Fury" is much better because it concentrates on final chapter footage. A misfire for Universal here.

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