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Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, War | 24 July 1943 (USA)
An American secret agent travels to Africa to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring.

Director:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet)

Writers:

Royal K. Cole (original screenplay) (as Royal Cole), Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Cameron ... Rex Bennett
Joan Marsh ... Janet Blake
Duncan Renaldo ... Capt. Pierre LaSalle
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Baron von Rommler / Sultan Abou Ben Ali
Kurt Kreuger ... Ernst Muller
Frederic Brunn Frederic Brunn ... Wolfe
Sigfrid Tor Sigfrid Tor ... Luger (as Sigurd Tor)
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Armand (as George Renavent)
Kurt Katch ... Kurt Hauptmann [Ch. 1]
Ralf Harolde ... Riverboat Captain [Ch. 1]
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Capt. Boschert [Ch. 7] (as William Vaughn)
William Yetter Sr. William Yetter Sr. ... Submarine Commandant [Ch. 3] (as William Yetter)
Hans von Morhart Hans von Morhart ... Submarine First Officer [Ch. 3]
Erwin Goldi Erwin Goldi ... Col. von Raeder [Ch. 1]
Frederick Worlock ... Sir James Langley [Ch. 15] (as Frederic Worlock)
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Storyline

American secret service agent Rex Bennett (Rod Cameron) is assigned to defeat the plans of the Nazis to form an alliance in Africa with the Arabs. His aides are Janet Blake (Joan Marsh), a United Nations agent posing as a reporter, and Pierre LaSalle (Duncan Renaldo), a Free-French officer. Complications arise when a trusted Arab chieftain (Lionel Royce) turns out to be Baron vom Rommier, a German officer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Thrill After Thrill Jammed Into Each Power-Packed Episode In The Serial Surprise Of The Year! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manhunt in the African Jungles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$210,033 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When it was reissued with a new title in 1954, the official documentation often called it "Manhunt in the African Jungle". However the actual on-screen title was "Manhunt in the African Jungles" (the plural word "Jungles" was used on-screen). See more »

Goofs

Title and AKA is a misnomer, as the action takes place in and around Casablanca, it is neither dark nor a jungle. See more »

Quotes

Wolfe: I have set the watch so the chemicals will ignite at nine o'clock. You have one minute to live, Miss Blake.
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Connections

Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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28 July 2001 | by gormgrymmeSee all my reviews

serials were never known for great acting, writing or much of anything else. However there are exceptions to the rule, and this is one of them. The plot may not be the freshest, and the nazis are about as stereotypical as they come, but some of the ideas that the writers came up with are quite amusing. I especially enjoyed the fake German graveyard in Morocco loaded with explosives. Also, predictable as every fight scene is, the stunt coordinators and cameramen went out of their way to let everything look just a little bit different (my dad's got about forty serials, and Manhunt has by far the best fights of any of them, it's also in the top five for most amusing cliffhangers). No other serial has the actors fighting at the camera (pardon the grammar, but there's no other way to put it). The sets are also quite remarkable in that a large number of items are placed around for the actors to use. Again don't be looking for a great story or good acting. Just sit back and enjoy what passed for gratuitous violence in the 1940s. It's definitely a winner.


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