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Adventures of Captain Africa, Mighty Jungle Avenger! (1955)

Approved | | Adventure | 9 June 1955 (USA)
Filled from front to back with stock footage taken from the Columbia serials "The Phantom-1943" and, primarily, "The Desert Hawk-1944", with John Hart and the always-dull Rick Vallin making... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Captain Africa
Ted Arnold
June Howard ...
Princess Rhoda
Bud Osborne ...
Nat Coleman
Abdul el Hamid
Lee Roberts ...
Boris - Henchman
Terry Frost ...
Greg - Henchman
Edward Coch ...
Balu (as Ed Coch)
Michael Fox ...
Prime Minister


Filled from front to back with stock footage taken from the Columbia serials "The Phantom-1943" and, primarily, "The Desert Hawk-1944", with John Hart and the always-dull Rick Vallin making less-than-adequate substitutes for Tom Tyler and Gilbert Roland, this Sam Katzman "production" finds the mighty jungle avenger and legendary Captain Africa - A "Phantom" rip-off that side-stepped the need to pay King Features another fee for using the character - pledging to see that the legitimate Arabian caliph, Hamid, is restored to the throne which a tyrannical rival has usurped. He is joined in this enterprise by adventurer Ted Arnold, wild-animal trapper Nat Coleman, and his assistant Omar and, to cover all bases, the Arabian princess Rhoda. This rambles on for fifteen chapters as they are beset by guards of the tyrant caliph, desert outlaws, wild beasts of the jungle, and a pair of white adventurers, Boris and Greg, (doing the work of dozens for budgetary reasons) who have a vested interest ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

9 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitão África  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. Mystery Man of the Jungle!

  • 2. Captain Africa to the Rescue!

  • 3. Midnight Attack!

  • 4. Into the Crocodile Pit!

  • 5. Jungle War Drums!

  • 6. Slave Traders!

  • 7. Saved by Captain Africa!

  • 8. The Bridge in the Sky!

  • 9. Blasted by Captain Africa!

  • 10. The Vanishing Princess!

  • 11. The Tunnel of Terror!

  • 12. Fangs of the Beast!

  • 13. Renegades at Bay!

  • 14. Captain Africa and the Wolf Dog!

  • 15. Captain Africa's Final Move!

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Almost The Phantom
29 September 2009 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Many serial fans know that 'The Adventures of Captain Africa' was originally to be 'The Adventures of The Phantom'. Stills of this production show up from time to time.

The late John Hart told me (and others) at an Old Time Radio convention in NJ that, contrary to what some film historians say, the entire Phantom serial had finished production before Columbia Studios realized that their option for a second Phantom serial had expired.

Soon, producer Sam Katzman brought Hart and other actors back together to replace every shot in which The Phantom had appeared with new Captain Africa scenes.

The costume assembled for Capt. A was somewhat lackluster; an aviator's cap, mask, turtle-neck, jodhpurs, gun belt and boots.

Hart, an amusing and self-deprecating, man said: "As The Phantom I looked pretty good. As Captain Africa, I looked like an idiot."

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