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)
Elizabeth Lindsey ...
Michael Shawn McCracken ...


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 »


Pilot episode claims to occur in 1938 but shows video of Boeing 314 Clipper taking off. Clippers were not put into service until Feb 1939. See more »


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4 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1982 was a good year for TV. Magnum, Fall Guy, and The Golden Monkey. The Golden Monkey was a well crafted hour.... something you just can't find on the tube nowadays other than syndicated re-runs. Magnum was tops but The Monkey was special and I was stumped when the next year came and it didn't. Perhaps I'm old school and like the simplicity of family view type shows. They just don't do the Magnums and Monkeys like they used to. Foolsihly lost in nostalgia is where I belong as my little children that used to watch these old shows are now watching what I used to. They also agree that the best stuff to watch is the old stuff. Now where's that cold beer and chili dog... Magnums on at 7:00 and maybe just maybe, The Golden Monkey will pop up.

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