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Director:
Writers:
Morgan Cox (screenplay) and
Victor McLeod (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 December 1943 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most fantastic...most exciting serial ever made! (original release) See more »
Plot:
Professor Davidson (Frank Shannon) and his daughter Diana (Jeanne Bates)search Africa for the Lost City of Zoloz... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Tom Tyler ... Godfrey Prescott / The Phantom
Jeanne Bates ... Diana Palmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Rusty Fenton (uncredited)
John Bagni ... Moku (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... King (uncredited)
Early Cantrell ... Ruby Dawn aka The Fire Princess (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Count Silento (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Marsden (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Grogan (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Native (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Long (uncredited)
Ángel Cruz ... Chief Zarka (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Tartar Chieftain (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Singapore Smith (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Thug (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Phantom's Father (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Andy Kriss (uncredited)
Alex Havier ... Smith's Houseboy (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Collins (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Tartar Guard (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Perry (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Watson (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Byron Anderson (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Paul (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Dr. Max Bremmer (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Rocco (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Larkin (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Drake (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Suba (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Cates (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Joe Miller (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Scott (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Chief Chota (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Prof. Davidson (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Astari Warrior (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Karak (uncredited)

Dan White ... Braddock (uncredited)
Ace the Wonder Dog ... Devil (uncredited)

Directed by
B. Reeves Eason 
 
Writing credits
Morgan Cox (screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox) and
Victor McLeod (screenplay) and
Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) (as Sherman Lowe) and
Leslie Swabacker (screenplay) (as Leslie J. Swabacker)

Lee Falk (based on the King Features newspaper cartoon by) and
Ray Moore (based on the King Features newspaper cartoon by)

Produced by
Rudolph C. Flothow .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lee Zahler 
 
Cinematography by
James S. Brown Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Adams  (as J. Henry Adams)
Dwight Caldwell 
 
Art Direction by
George Van Marter 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Monroe .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bud Geary .... stunt double (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
299 min (15 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificates #9621-9636)

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Trivia:
Chapter Titles: 1. The Sign of the Skull 2. The Man Who Never Dies 3. A Traitor's Code 4. The Seat of Judgement 5. The Ghost Who Walks 6. Jungle Whispers 7. The Mystery Well 8. In Quest of the Keys 9. The Fire Princess 10. The Chamber of Death 11. The Emerald Key 12. The Fangs of the Beast 13. The Road to Zoloz 14. The Lost City 15. Peace in the JungleSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Yellow Submarine (1968)See more »

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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Who Was That Masked Man?, 15 June 2003
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Phantom" is one of the better serials released by Columbia Pictures. It benefits from the casting of Tom Tyler in the lead role. Tyler had previously played a comic book hero in "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" (Republic-1941) and was physically suited for the role. Tyler kept himself in good shape and didn't look out of place in the Phantom costume. Although he primarily played in westerns, ironically, it is for these two serials that he will probably be best remembered.

The "run through the jungle" story has Professor Davidson (Frank Shannon) and his daughter Diana (Jeanne Bates) searching for the Lost City of Zoloz and the hidden treasure therein. Their efforts are being thwarted by Singapore Smith (Joe Devlin) who wants the treasure for himself. Kindly Dr. Bremmer (Kenneth MacDonald) an apparent foreign agent, is trying to destroy the peace among the natives, which had been controlled by the Phantom, to build a secret air base.

Geoffrey Prescott (also Tyler) who is Diana's fiance succeeds his father as the Phantom when the older man is murdered. Even though the Phantom wears only a small eye mask to cover his face, in true serial tradition, no one including Diana is able to recognize him.

Over the course of the 15 chapters, the Phantom escapes death from explosions, poison gas, avalanches, a collapsing rope bridge etc. etc. With the help of his trusty dog Devil the Phantom is able to overcome the villains and again bring peace to the jungle.

Although the serial gives billing to only Tyler and Bates there are several other familiar faces (other than those already mentioned) in the cast. Ernie Adams plays Rusty, the Phantom's ally, Dick Curtis a Tartar Chief and Anthony Carouso, George Chesebro, Wade Crosby, Edmund Cobb, I. Stanford Jolley and Kermit Maynard as varios henchmen. And watch for a brief appearance by Jay Silverheels in chapter 9 as an Atari warrior.

Director B.Reeves Eason keeps the action moving and tries to come up with new twists on the chapter ending cliff hangers. The VCI DVD has restored the serial to its original brilliance although some dialogue sequences had to be re-dubbed due to the deterioration of the original soundtrack.

"The Phantom" certainly has to rank as one of the top 5 serials of all time.

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