Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982–1983)
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Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 1 

Story of a ex-Flying Tiger pilot, and his mechanic and their Grumman Goose as they fight the Japanese, before World War II.


Ray Austin


Donald P. Bellisario (created by)




Episode credited cast:
Stephen Collins ... Jake Cutter
Jeff MacKay ... Corky
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Sarah Stickney White
Marta DuBois ... Princess Kogi
John Calvin ... Reverend Willie Tenboom
John Fujioka ... Todo
Ron Moody ... Bon Chance Louie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Bachmann ... Commander
Loyita Chapel Loyita Chapel ... Bobbi
Greg Elliot ... Sparks (as Gregory Elliot)
William Forsythe ... Kurt (as Bill Forsythe)
John Hillerman ... Monocle
Les Jankey Les Jankey ... Waiter - Bartender (as Les H. Jankey)
Gilles Kohler
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ... Tiki


This TV movie is an introduction to the characters that starred in the TV series with the same name. We meet Jake Cutter, a freelance pilot who lives at the Marivellas islands a few years before the beginning of World War II. Jake and his best friend Corky meet Sarah, a woman working on a mission against the Nazis and decide to help her. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

22 September 1982 (USA) See more »

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this film and the subsequent TV series is popularly thought to be inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the script was actually inspired by Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and was pitched to television networks a year before the Spielberg/Lucas film was released and they turned it down. However, after the Indiana Jones film became a major success, the ABC television network decided to revisit the "Gold Monkey" script to exploit the apparent interest in 1930s period adventure stories. See more »


This program was set in the late 1930s, yet pilot Jake Cutter is supposed to be a former Flying Tiger who occasionally tangles with Japan's Mitsubishi Zero fighters in his new South Pacific home. Two problems: 1) the Flying Tigers weren't even in existence at this time, and 2) neither were Zero fighters. See more »


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Best TV adventure show
29 August 2006 | by Andy4444See all my reviews

I remember when this came out and it blew me away. I had seen Raiders of the Lost Ark and this was in the same genre. A former American Volunteer Group (aka "Flying Tigers") fighter pilot in the late 1930's has his own Grumman Goose flying boat and sets up shop on a fictional south Pacific island run by a cool Franch magistrate. He has a mechanic named Corky and a great sidekick, a one-eyed dog named Jack. His love-interest is a woman named Sarah, who is a covert spy for the American government. Surrounded by the Japanese military and their nazi allies, as well as remote islands full of lost treasure, it's a dangerous and exotic location and every "milk run" job Jake flies turns into a swashbuckling adventure (of course!).

The pilot was especially good, with lots of action, lovable good guys and a great twist at the end. In fact, with a bigger budget it could've been a fine theatrical film.

And if you love old airplanes, there's no question what the draw to this show was.

A final note: Bellisario concocted this show in the late 1970s, prior to the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the networks suits wouldn't bite until they saw how well Spielberg's film did, so it's not fair to call this a ripoff. Spielberg wasn't the only film maker or writer rediscovering the magic of 1930s-era adventure stories.

And this was one of the best.

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