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Darkest Africa (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 15 February 1936 (USA)
A 15-episode serial in which Beatty goes to darkest Africa to rescue the Goddess of Joba, who is being held by the high priest.


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Cast overview:
Clyde Beatty ...
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Baru Tremaine
Elaine Shepard ...
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A 15-episode serial in which Beatty goes to darkest Africa to rescue the Goddess of Joba, who is being held by the high priest.

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Release Date:

15 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bat Men of Africa  »

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$119,343 (estimated)

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(15 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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Tigers are native to Asia, not Africa. See more »


Edited into Bat Men of Africa (1966) See more »

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Curious Mixture of Jungle and Fantasy Movie
4 August 2011 | by (Brasilia, Brazil) – See all my reviews

'Darkest Africa' is a curious and somewhat very creative effort of Republic Pictures. This serial - one of the first in this nostalgic and tongue-in cheek forgotten genre - mixtures a bit of jungle adventure bringing up to memory movies like 'Tarzan' and and others serials as 'The Phantom' and 'Captain Africa' and fantasy movies, with the themes of lost cities, flying bat men and others stuffs, in a time when fantasy genre was still still in its birth time was prod

For a serial realized in 1936 the special effects are really quite good especially concerning the well done conception of the bat-men. The city of Joba is a great scenario realization. But the story is a bit

repetitive, especially concerning the 'cliffhangers' proposed; more than half of the critical situation dividing chapters have some some relation with attack of lions and tigers. But Mr. Beatty is at home with that! Anyway, for serials fans as I am 'Darkest Africa' is a good example of what was going on in the Saturday matinée in the thirties and forties. It's like to wrap up a very old curtain and see another time pass by your nostalgic eyes.

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