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Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, War  |  24 July 1943 (USA)
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An American secret agent travels to Africa to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring.

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(as Spencer Bennet)

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(original screenplay) (as Royal Cole) , (original screenplay), 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Cameron ...
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Duncan Renaldo ...
Capt. Pierre LaSalle
Lionel Royce ...
Baron von Rommler / Sultan Abou Ben Ali
Kurt Kreuger ...
Ernst Muller
Frederic Brunn ...
Wolfe
Sigfrid Tor ...
Luger (as Sigurd Tor)
Georges Renavent ...
Armand (as George Renavent)
Kurt Katch ...
Kurt Hauptmann [Ch. 1]
Ralf Harolde ...
Riverboat Captain [Ch. 1]
Wilhelm von Brincken ...
Capt. Boschert [Ch. 7] (as William Vaughn)
William Yetter Sr. ...
Submarine Commandant [Ch. 3] (as William Yetter)
Hans von Morhart ...
Submarine First Officer [Ch. 3]
Erwin Goldi ...
Col. von Raeder [Ch. 1]
Frederick Worlock ...
Sir James Langley [Ch. 15] (as Frederic Worlock)
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Storyline

American secret service agent Rex Bennett (Rod Cameron) is assigned to defeat the plans of the Nazis to form an alliance in Africa with the Arabs. His aides are Janet Blake (Joan Marsh), a United Nations agent posing as a reporter, and Pierre LaSalle (Duncan Renaldo), a Free-French officer. Complications arise when a trusted Arab chieftain (Lionel Royce) turns out to be Baron vom Rommier, a German officer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE MOST SPECTACULAR ACTION EVER FILMED! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Action | Adventure | War

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Release Date:

24 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manhunt in the African Jungles  »

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Budget:

$210,033 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The third most expensive serial in Republic history behind "The Lone Ranger Rides Again" and "Captain America" and the most over-budget of any Republic serial. See more »

Goofs

Title and AKA is a misnomer, as the action takes place in and around Casablanca, it is neither dark nor a jungle. See more »

Quotes

Wolfe: And now, Miss Blake, we are about to give you a demonstration of German efficiency.
Janet Blake: Atrocity is a better word. Destroying medical supplies intended for suffering soldiers will make a story that will shock the world!
Wolfe: Unfortunately for you, this is one story you will never write. Put a gag in her mouth!
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Referenced in Body Fever (1969) See more »

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The Action Packed of them all
16 March 2005 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

One thing you can say about Rod Cameron character (Rex Bennett) in this serial, boy did he had to fight! All the episodes had a minimum of three fights each, and guess who was in the middle of most of them? That's right Rex Bennett. The second serial with the character was better than the first (G-Men Vs. The Black Dragon) due mostly to fights and cliffhangers but that doesn't mean that the first serial was boring, it was very good, but they made this one better. After dealing with saboteurs in the US, Bennett is sent to Northern Africa to stop the (very stereotypical) Nazi's schemes against the Allies. His main adversary is a certain Baron von Rommler, who's impersonating the local chief and friend of the Allies Sultan Abou Ben Ali. Nothing new, even for those days, true. But starting from this cliché the writers developed a series of creative and good perilous situations for Bennett and his friends (Joan Marsh and Duncan Renaldo as Janet Blake and Cap. Pierre). Plus when the fights ensued not only the stunts wanted to bring up something new, but even the cameramen! All in all, a good way to spend some hours in front of a TV.


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