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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 »

Writers:

Morgan Cox (screenplay), Barry Shipman (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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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 Lloyd Whitlock ... Lamar - Headquarters Gang Member [Chs. 1-6]
Tiny Roebuck Tiny Roebuck ... Eppa - the Wrestler
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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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14 WEEKS OF THROBBING THRILLS! WITH THE SERIAL THAT NEVER LETS YOU DOWN! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robinson Crusoe See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Mysterious Island; 2. Flaming Danger; 3. Fathoms Below; 4. Into the Enemy's Camp; 5. Danger in the Air; 6. The God of the Volcano; 7. Trail's End; 8. The Jaws of the Beast; 9. The Cave of the Winds; 10. Wings of Fury; 11. Agents of Disaster; 12. The Sea Trap; 13. Mutiny; 14. Thunder Mountain. See more »

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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 »

Connections

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

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This is one of the serials that inspired Star Wars
31 January 2003 | by HuggyBear1See all my reviews

Watched by George Lucas as a kid, these serials - including Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon were the inspiration for Star Wars. Typically swash-buckling, with cliffhangers at the end of each episode, there was little room for character development, it was all about action and suspense.

The episode with the jump off the gangplank was surely the inspiration for the Sarlaac Pit scene in Return of the Jedi?

I also watched them as a kid in the 1980's when they were re-shown on British TV.

Well worth watching, like all these old serials. This is where it all began.


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