"The Mystery of the Riverboat" while ending each chapter with a cliffhanger is more episodic in nature than the usual Universal serial and somewhat similar to Universal's 1934 "Tailspin ... See full summary »
Lewis D. Collins,
Universal Pictures 63rd sound-era serial (between "Mystery of the River Boat" and "The Masater Key") finds that Nazi agents are trying to arouse the tribes of the middle jungle in Africa to revolt against the British. Americans Bob Elliott (Edward Norris) and Chuck Kelly (Eddie Quillan) arrive to help the British agents. Lothel (Ruth Roman), the mysterious Queen of the Jungle, appears and disappears always in the nick of time to save them, and also Pam Courtney (Lois Collier), niece of the explorer Alan Courtney ('Boyd Irwin' (q)). Dr. Elise Bork (Tala Birell) and her henchman Lang (Douglass Dumbrille) are the Nazi chiefs, posing as scientists. Lang has great influence on some of the tribesman, especially with Chief Maata (Napoleon Simpson') who wants to keep Kyba (Clarence Muse) from becoming judge over all the tribes. A Secret Sword is the key to the ruler of the jungles, and the holder of this secret is sought by both the British and the Nazis. Courtney is the only white man who ... Written by
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The episodes were: (1) Invitation to Danger; (2) Jungle Sacrifice; (3) The Flaming Mountain; (4) Wildcat Stampede; (5) The Burning Jungle; (6) Danger Ship; (7) Trip-Wire Murder; (8) The Mortar Bomb; (9) Death Watch; (10) Execution Chamber; (11) The Trail to Doom; (12) Dragged Under; (13) The Secret of the Sword. See more »
Often hailed as one of the worst serials- I'm watching it again for the the first time- mostly because I picked it up by mistake.
Its a 1945 released film set in 1939 about Nazi's in the jungle trying to use the natives to take over the world.
Its done on the cheap and is more than slightly racist, but its very much of the sort of thing that Hollywood did at the time. I'm not defending it just explaining. It's amusing in a way that most serials are. The trouble seems that its a bit too juvenile and the recaps of what happened are deadening when watched in rapid succession.
its a lower tier serial- enjoyable but trash
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