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Scouts to the Rescue (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 17 January 1939 (USA)
Filmed in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Sonora, California, this Universal serial (made in that short two-year span of time when they chose to be identified as The New Universal) is ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vondell Darr ...
Mary Scanlon
Edwin Stanley ...
Pat Scanlon
William Ruhl ...
G- Man Hal Marvin
'Skeets' Scanlon
'Rip' Dawson
Henchman Pug O'Toole
Ken - a Boy Scout
Ivan Miller ...
Turk Mortensen
Victor Adams ...
Henchman Hurst
Henchman 'Doc' (as Jason Robards)
Sidney Miller ...
Hermie - a Boy Scout
Leeka - Leader of Warriors (as Richard Botiller)
Lokola -Indian Tribe High Priest
Scoutmaster Hale [Ch. 1]


Filmed in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Sonora, California, this Universal serial (made in that short two-year span of time when they chose to be identified as The New Universal) is Universal's 40th sound-era serial, made and released between "Red Barry" and "Buck Rogers", and has Eagle Scout Bruce Scott, leader of Martinsville Troop Number One, and his pack setting off in search of lost treasure, using a map provided by Tenderfoot scout Skeets Scanlon Scoutmaster Hale leaves the expedition to rush home to an ailing wife, but Bruce and the scouts push on and the map leads them to "Ghost Town", where the treasure turns out to be a large cache of counterfeit $20 bills and the plates used to print them. The troop also discover a lost branch of Inca Indians living in the mountains and still undetected in 1939. The tribe gives ferocious efforts to keep the scouts from discovering their Temple cave because it contains a huge radium deposit known to them only for its ability to heal ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure...thrills...breath-taking exploits by daring Boy Scouts! 12 blood-chilling chapters of exciting hair-trigger action and suspense! See more »


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Release Date:

17 January 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Fantasma  »

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. Death Rides the Air

  • 2. Avalanche of Doom

  • 3. Trapped By the Indians

  • 4. River of Doom

  • 5. Descending Doom

  • 6. Ghost Town Menace

  • 7. Destroyed by Dynamite

  • 8. Thundering Hoofs

  • 9. The Firs God Strikes

  • 10.Battle of Ghost Town

  • 11.Hurtling Through Space

  • 12. The Boy Scouts Triumph

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Chapter one: In the air battle the enemy plane shows gun sights for a machine gun, but the enemy pilot is using a revolver. See more »


Edited from Sutter's Gold (1936) See more »

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OK Universal serial
14 June 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Serial aimed squarely at little kids. It is a little bit much to take today with our sophisticated society. It does promote the Scouts which can only do the most good for our kids today. But it is all so innocent and naive. Production values are good. Re-recorded music from earlier Universal features (such as "STORMY") are an added plus.

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