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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 »


(as Spencer G. Bennet)


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Cast overview:
Captain Africa
Ted Arnold
June Howard ...
Princess Rhoda
Nat Coleman
Paul Marion ...
Abdul el Hamid
Boris - Henchman
Greg - Henchman
Edward Coch ...
Balu (as Ed Coch)
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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Sound Mix:

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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Brilliant for kids !!
25 July 2003 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

I have only seen this series once - for 15 (I think) consecutive Saturday mornings in an English cinema back in the 1950s.

I absolutely loved it!!

The cliffhanging endings fired my imagination. One that particularly impressed me was the one in which Captain Africa was lying senseless under a descending portcullis which was threatening to impale him. I could hardly bear to wait the seven days until the next episode to see whether (or rather, how) he would escape from that one!!

I also developed a great longing to own a pith helmet - an ambition sadly unfulfilled to this day!

At the time I was not aware that this serial took footage from other, more illustrious, features (as a reviewer here suggests). But from my childish perspective it was a terrific series and thoroughly entertaining. I would love to see it again.

Best wishes to John Hart (still with us in 2003) and any other survivors of the series.


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