The live action adventure story of Archaeologist, Dr Haydn, his lovely daughter, Leslie and his assistant Link Simmons who arrive in an uncharted portion of the South Pacific to uncover ... See full summary »
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Prof. Irwin Hayden
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The live action adventure story of Archaeologist, Dr Haydn, his lovely daughter, Leslie and his assistant Link Simmons who arrive in an uncharted portion of the South Pacific to uncover proof that the Ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians are actually related to the Aztecs. His expedition encounters a band of pirates and a remote island where the scientist and his company meet a unique collection of jungle characters. Written by aladybird-92497

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September 1968 (USA)  »

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Danger Island was featured in small pieces at a time, in cliffhanger episodic style, (36 parts at 5 minutes each to be exact). See more »

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Pirates! Professors!..and Uh Oh, Chongo! It's Danger Island Next!
27 November 2010 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

A marvelous little show with a cliffhanger-like episodic style. When I was young, the old time cliffhangers were long gone, but Danger Island brought back an exciting way to keep kids glued to the tube, anxiously awaiting the conclusion as to weather Link was going to fall off that cliff, or get eaten by a shark, or be killed by the pirates. (But, what the filmmakers didn't know was that we kids didn't care a lick about Link, we only cared about Chongo.)

Stranded on an island, hunted by nasty modern-day pirates, Prof. Irwin Hayden (played by Frank Aletter), his daughter Leslie (Ronnie Troup), and her boyfriend Link (Jan-Michael Vincent, yes, really) run into two mysterious men, Morgan (Rockne Tarkington), and Chongo (Kim Kahana) who also seem to be hiding from the pirates. They band together for survival.

Chongo spoke gibberish most of the time, leading one to believe that he was a bit addle brained. But when danger was near, the call would go out, like a magic spell "UH OH, CHONGO!" and Chongo became an unstoppable, lean, mean, fighting machine. It was just fun to watch.

The bad guy was a classic nasty with idiot henchmen to deal with and god-knows-what he wanted with the prof & his daughter. The "episdoes" were about 8-10 minutes long and after about 26 episodes the good guys turn the tables on the pirates, leaving them stranded while Chongo and company finally escape the island. Ha ha!

Having closure was a new and satisfying feeling in itself, as no other TV show ever really finished their story before being canceled. But this particular show was filmed like a movie and was fed to us in little bite-size pieces, so that explains the difference, I guess.

What made this a great show, and one that I remember with great fondness, is that the acting, stunts, cinematography, and story line were all done with extreme professionalism. It was a pleasure to watch and I think any kid today would love to see it.


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