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A 14-episode serial in which Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence investigates sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which our hero is blamed. He convinces the local Princess Melani of his innocence and helps her ward off a takeover by rival high priest Porotu. Written by
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This is one of the serials that inspired Star Wars
Watched by George Lucas as a kid, these serials - including Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon were the inspiration for Star Wars. Typically swash-buckling, with cliffhangers at the end of each episode, there was little room for character development, it was all about action and suspense.
The episode with the jump off the gangplank was surely the inspiration for the Sarlaac Pit scene in Return of the Jedi?
I also watched them as a kid in the 1980's when they were re-shown on British TV.
Well worth watching, like all these old serials. This is where it all began.
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