GenreAction, Adventure, Crime Duration CountryUnited States
DirectorSpencer Gordon Bennet
Wallace Grissell WriterRoyal Cole, Basil Dickey, Jesse Duffy, Grant Nelson, Joseph Poland, Ewart Adamson Release dateAugust 26, 1944 (1944-08-26) (U.S. serial)
September 26, 1951 (1951-09-26) (re-release) DirectorsSpencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell ScreenplayJoseph F. Poland, Basil Dickey, Jesse Duffy, Royal K. Cole, Grant Nelson CastKay Aldridge, Kane Richmond, Roy Barcroft, Clancy Cooper, Oscar OShea Similar moviesThe Green Archer, Hitman: Agent 47, Watchmen, Zorro Rides Again, Zorro's Fighting Legion, Mysterious Doctor Satan
TaglineSEE bold daredevils defy the evil that plagues HAUNTED HARBOR!
Haunted Harbor (1944) is a Republic movie serial, based on the novel by Ewart Adamson.
Sea captain Jim Marsden is about to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit, and is rescued from the gallows by two of his crewmen. To clear the captain's name, they head for the island of Pulinan, where they believe the real murderer is hiding. During the search for the killer, one thing leads to another and Jim and the crew soon find that their troubles have just started. Investigating a possible hiding place of the killer, Jim encounters huge sea monsters in Haunted Harbor.
Kane Richmond as Jim Marsden
Kay Aldridge as Patricia Harding
Roy Barcroft as Carter (AKA Kane)
Clancy Cooper as Yank
Marshall J. Reed as Tommy
Oscar O'Shea as John Galbraith
Forrest Taylor as Dr Oliver Harding
Hal Taliaferro as Lawson
Haunted Harbor was based on a novel by Ewart Adamson (writing as Dayle Douglas).
The serial was budgeted at $170,099 although the final negative cost was $207,856 (a $37,757, or 22.2%, overspend).
It was filmed between 14 April and 18 May 1944. The serial's production number was 1395.
No other Jungle serial was released by Republic for nine years after Haunted Harbor, when 1953's Jungle Drums of Africa was released.
This was the last serial adaptation made by Republic.
This was writer Ronald Davidson's first time as a film producer. His first writing credit is the 1937 Republic serial The Painted Stallion.
Haunted Harbor's official release date is 26 August 1944, although this is actually the date the seventh chapter was made available to film exchanges.
The serial was re-released on 26 September 1951, under the new title Pirates' Harbor, between the first runs of Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion and Radar Men from the Moon. It began a pattern of re-releasing an old serial between every new release, which lasted until Republic's last new serial was released in 1955. Three years of purely re-releases then followed.
Cline writes that this "jungle-horror-mystery-sea-story" includes all of the "cliffhanging tricks Republic could muster."