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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 Lora... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1930's serial in the "Flash Gordon" tradition. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Frankie Thomas ... Tim Tyler

Frances Robinson ... Lora Lacey

Jack Mulhall ... Sgt. Gates

Al Shean ... Professor 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 ... Brent
Stanley Blystone ... Capt. Clark
Everett Brown ... Mogu (as Everette Brown)
Skippy ... JuJu
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
Wyndham Gittens (original story) &
Norman S. Hall (original story) &
Ray Trampe (original story)

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)
Mel Koontz .... animal trainer (uncredited)
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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Chapter Titles: - 1. Jungle Pirates - 2. Dead Man's Pass - 3. Into the Lion's Den - 4. The Ivory Trail - 5. Trapped in the Quicksand - 6. The Jaws of the Jungle - 7. The King of the Gorillas - 8. The Spider Caught - 9. The Gates of Doom - 10.A Race For the Fortune - 11.No Man's Land - 12.The Kimberly DiamondsSee more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
1930's serial in the "Flash Gordon" tradition., 27 October 2002
Author: acm120 from Philadelphia, PA

If you like the Flash Gordon serials, you will very probably like this one too. Directed by Ford Beebe, the story line is great in the old tradition--the "Ivory Patrol", the "Jungle Cruiser" and of course the famous elephants' burial ground. Remember it now?

Acting is so-so, there's plenty of stock footage of Africa, and some of the locations will remind you of the old Commando Cody serials. Nevertheless the story moves well and there is not a lot of fist fighting which tends to detract from many of the serials of this period.

Heartily recommended for those who like this genre.

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