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Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)

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


(as Spencer Bennet)


(original screenplay) (as Royal Cole), (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Pierre LaSalle
Lionel Royce ...
Baron von Rommler / Sultan Abou Ben Ali
Ernst Muller
Frederic Brunn ...
Sigfrid Tor ...
Luger (as Sigurd Tor)
Georges Renavent ...
Armand (as George Renavent)
Kurt Katch ...
Kurt Hauptmann [Ch. 1]
Riverboat Captain [Ch. 1]
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)


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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Nazi raiders steal a lost Arab treasure! See more »


Action | Adventure | War


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Release Date:

24 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manhunt in the African Jungles  »

Box Office


$210,033 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Wolfe: I have set the watch so the chemicals will ignite at nine o'clock. You have one minute to live, Miss Blake.
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Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Non Stop Action
21 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another action packed cliffhanger from the Thrill Factory. Released in 1943 as Secret Service in Darkest Africa and re-released in 1954 as Manhunt in the African Jungles, this serial hardly leaves the viewer time to catch their breath! Spencer Bennet directs Rod Cameron,Duncan Renaldo , Joan Marsh and a fine supporting cast, to tell a story of Nazi treachery and intrigue.Cameron plays Rex Bennett super spy ,sent to Casablanca to stop the Nazis from taking over in North Africa. Lionel Royce plays a dual role as the Sultan and head Nazi Baron von Rommler.Many familiar actors make up the supporting cast. The pulsating music score by Mort Glickman matches the action on screen. The cliffhangers are, for the most part convincing with the resolutions likewise. Noteworthy is the actions sequences. With an average of three fights per chapter,this serial must set a record.Howard Lydeckers special effects are ,as usual, first rate. A fifteen chapter serial from Republic Pictures and not to be missed !

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