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Wyndham Gittens (screenplay)
Norman S. Hall (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 December 1937 (USA) See more »
A 12-episode serial in which Tim Tyler goes to Africa in search of his father in gorilla country. He meets up with Laura... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Frankie Thomas ... Tim Tyler
Frances Robinson ... Lora Graham, aka Lora Lacey
Jack Mulhall ... Sgt. Gates
Al Shean ... Prof. James Tyler
Norman Willis ... Spider Webb

Anthony Warde ... Garry Drake
Earl Douglas ... Jules Lazarre
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Spud (as William Benedict)
Frank Mayo ... Jim Conway
Alan Gregg ... Henchman Brent
Stanley Blystone ... Capt. Clark
Everett Brown ... Native Henchman Mogu (as Everette Brown)
Skippy ... Ju Ju, the Chimp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Henchman Becker [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Ivory Patrol Lieutenant [Ch. 9] (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Capt. Trowbridge [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Patrolman Kelly [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
William Desmond ... Dock Official [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Kenneth Harlan ... Spencer, Trader [Chs. 2-3] (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Patrol Guard Rocky [Ch. 9] (uncredited)
William McClain ... Native (uncredited)
Chuck Morrison ... Henchman (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ... Henchman [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... The Doctor [Chs. 2-3] (uncredited)
Pat J. O'Brien ... Patrolman Berry (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Henchman (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Ivory Patrolman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... River Boat Crewman [Ch. 1] / Henchman [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Henchman [Ch. 12] (uncredited)

Directed by
Ford Beebe 
Wyndham Gittens 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wyndham Gittens  screenplay
Norman S. Hall  screenplay
Ray Trampe  screenplay
Lyman Young  comic strip (uncredited)

Produced by
Henry MacRae .... associate producer
Elmer Tambert .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jerome Ash 
Film Editing by
Joseph Gluck  (as Joe Gluck)
Louis Sackin 
Alvin Todd 
Art Direction by
Ralph M. DeLacy  (as Ralph DeLacy)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Saul A. Goodkind .... supervising editor
Music Department
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Schiller .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Oliver Wallace .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Sherman S. Krellberg .... presenter (re-release)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:212 min (12 chapters)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of Universal's best serials, 17 December 2001
Author: jaybee-3 from New Jersey

Along with "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers", this chapterplay rates high with fans of Universal's serials. Everyone in the cast seems to enjoy their roles, in particular Frankie Thomas as Tim Tyler. Moves at a good clip with some great cliffhanger endings. Some excellent music cues ( from various Universal features ) are an added bonus.

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