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Darkest Africa (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 February 1936 (USA)
A 15-episode serial in which Beatty goes to darkest Africa to rescue the Goddess of Joba, who is being held by the high priest.

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John Rathmell (screenplay), Barney A. Sarecky (screenplay) (as Barney Sarecky) | 3 more credits »
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Re-edited feature film version of the 1936 serial Darkest Africa.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Clyde Beatty ... Clyde Beatty
Manuel King Manuel King ... Baru Tremaine
Elaine Shepard ... Valerie Tremaine
Lucien Prival ... Dagna
Wheeler Oakman ... Durkin
Edward McWade ... Gorn
Edmund Cobb ... Craddock
Ray Turner ... Hambone
Donald Reed ... Negus [Chs. 11-12]
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A 15-episode serial in which Beatty goes to darkest Africa to rescue the Goddess of Joba, who is being held by the high priest.

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Taglines:

...THE JUNGLE KING BLASTS ACROSS THE SCREEN IN HIS GREATEST ADVENTURES! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bat Men of Africa See more »

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Budget:

$119,343 (estimated)
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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter 9: "The Bird-Men Strike." Nope. Actually it was the Bat-Men who struck. See more »

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Edited into Bat Men of Africa (1966) See more »

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Curious Mixture of Jungle and Fantasy Movie
4 August 2011 | by gazineo-1See all my reviews

'Darkest Africa' is a curious and somewhat very creative effort of Republic Pictures. This serial - one of the first in this nostalgic and tongue-in cheek forgotten genre - mixtures a bit of jungle adventure bringing up to memory movies like 'Tarzan' and and others serials as 'The Phantom' and 'Captain Africa' and fantasy movies, with the themes of lost cities, flying bat men and others stuffs, in a time when fantasy genre was still still in its birth time was prod

For a serial realized in 1936 the special effects are really quite good especially concerning the well done conception of the bat-men. The city of Joba is a great scenario realization. But the story is a bit

repetitive, especially concerning the 'cliffhangers' proposed; more than half of the critical situation dividing chapters have some some relation with attack of lions and tigers. But Mr. Beatty is at home with that! Anyway, for serials fans as I am 'Darkest Africa' is a good example of what was going on in the Saturday matinée in the thirties and forties. It's like to wrap up a very old curtain and see another time pass by your nostalgic eyes.


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