Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982–1983)
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Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 1 

Story of a ex-Flying Tiger pilot, and his mechanic and their Grumman Goose as they fight the Japanese, before World War II.



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Episode credited cast:
Caitlin O'Heaney ...
John Calvin ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loyita Chapel ...
Sparks (as Gregory Elliot)
Kurt (as Bill Forsythe)
Les Jankey ...
Waiter - Bartender (as Les H. Jankey)
Gilles Kohler
Elizabeth Lindsey ...


This TV movie is an introduction to the characters that starred in the TV series with the same name. We meet Jake Cutter, a freelance pilot who lives at the Marivellas islands a few years before the beginning of World War II. Jake and his best friend Corky meet Sarah, a woman working on a mission against the Nazis and decide to help her. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

22 September 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this film and the subsequent TV series is popularly thought to be inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the script was actually inspired by Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and was pitched to television networks a year before the Spielberg/Lucas film was released and they turned it down. However, after the Indiana Jones film became a major success, the ABC television network decided to revisit the "Gold Monkey" script to exploit the apparent interest in 1930s period adventure stories. See more »


This program was set in the late 1930s, yet pilot Jake Cutter is supposed to be a former Flying Tiger who occasionally tangles with Japan's Mitsubishi Zero fighters in his new South Pacific home. Two problems: 1) the Flying Tigers weren't even in existence at this time, and 2) neither were Zero fighters. See more »


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Raiding Raiders
24 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Raids 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' in nearly every way imaginable, from the time period and search for a mysterious artifact (the titular Gold Monkey) to the two-fisted, leather jacket wearing hero battling Nazi bad guys. It's not like Indy is exactly %100 original, but coming right on the heels of 'ROTLA', 'Tales' does seem like it's definitely raiding Raiders.

Stephen Collins (yeah, I know, me too) is reasonably effective as Wannabe Jones, and a few "Oh, yeah. Him/her!" types round out the cast. The script features the occasional bit of wit, and the production values are above average. The show only ran for one season, but it has developed a bit of a cult following over the years (current IMDb rating is a more than respectable 8.2). The components for a reasonably fun bit of weekly escapism are here in this pilot episode, though I don't quite see it as being a, well, lost treasure.

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