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Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 14 November 1936 (USA)
A 14-episode serial in which Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence investigates sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which our ... See full summary »


Morgan Cox (screenplay), Barry Shipman (screenplay) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mala ... Agent Ray Mala
Rex ... Rex - the Wonder Horse (as Rex the Wonder Horse)
Buck the Dog Buck the Dog ... Buck
Mamo Clark ... Princess Melani
Herbert Rawlinson ... Grant Jackson
William Newell ... Hank McGlaurie
John Ward John Ward ... Anthony Tupper
John Dilson ... E.G. Ellsworth
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Canfield
John Picorri ... Porotu (as John Piccori)
George Chesebro ... Draker - Island Operations Chief
Bob Kortman ... Wilson - Gang Yacht Captain (as Robert Kortman)
George Cleveland ... Goebel - Gang Scientist
Lloyd Whitlock ... Lamar - Headquarters Gang Member [Chs. 1-6]
Tiny Roebuck Tiny Roebuck ... Eppa - the Wrestler


A 14-episode serial in which Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence investigates sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which our hero is blamed. He convinces the local Princess Melani of his innocence and helps her ward off a takeover by rival high priest Porotu. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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See Chapter 1 of This Thrilling New Serial! (original print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lyric Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Jan. 22, 1938) See more »


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This is the only sound serial ever produced that had 14 episodes. See more »


Chapter 7: Porotu has taken away Melani's crown, but, when she is seen talking with Mala, she is wearing the crown, yet in the ensuing scene, she has no crown. See more »


Edited into Robinson Crusoe of Mystery Island (1966) See more »

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Only 14 chapter serial in movie history
14 July 2011 | by frontrowkid2002See all my reviews

Movie serials were traditionally 12 or 15 chapters, depending on the production schedule. Republic, Columbia and Universal all supplied their distributors with four serials a year. Republic usually stuck to the 12 chapter format, releasing their summer season serial in 15 chapters. That's so the theaters could start running the first chapter in late May, right before school ended, and wrapping it up by the first week of September. Columbia maintained a 15 chapter serial schedule throughout its career. Universal produced 13 chapter serials. Robinson Crusoe on Clipper Island was the first and only 14 chapter serial in movie history. It came about before the serial was completely finished. The film was shot on Santa Cruz Island, near Santa Barbara. The producers discovered they had gone over budget and to keep the rental cost at $12-15 per chapter, they wrote two additional chapters using footage that had already been used and writing two new "takeouts" or end of the chapter perils. The writer assigned to do this as his first task at Republic was Barry Shipman, who would later write many of the Republic serials and also write the Durango Kid series.

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Release Date:

14 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robinson Crusoe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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