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Director  Fred C. Brannon
Budget  172,840 USD
Producer  Franklin Adreon
Writer  Ronald Davidson
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Genre  Action, Adventure, Romance
Screenplay  Ronald Davidson
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Language  English
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Release date  21 January 1953 (serial) 1966 (TV)
Cast  Clayton Moore, Phyllis Coates, Roy Glenn, Steve Mitchell
Similar movies  Related Fred C Brannon movies

Jungle drums of africa


Jungle Drums of Africa is a 1953 12-episode, American serial film, shot in black-and-white, which was an original commissioned screenplay by Ronald Davidson produced by Franklin Adreon and directed by Fred C. Brannon for Republic Pictures. The story is set in Kenya, and involves the efforts of an American uranium processing company's representative and a woman medical missionary, to thwart the efforts of agents of a "foreign power", abetted by a disaffected native witchdoctor, to gain control of a large uranium deposit on lands owned by the latter's tribe. This serial features black American actors in major roles, including that of a college-educated chieftain.

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Plot

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The daughter of a medical missionary in Africa carries on her father's work after he dies. She later befriends two adventurers prospecting for uranium. But it isn't long before she finds herself in danger from crooks trying to get the uranium for themselves and a local witch doctor, who sees her as a threat to his power.

Cast

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  • Clayton Moore as Alan King
  • Phyllis Coates as Carol Bryant
  • Johnny Spencer as Bert Hadley
  • Henry Rowland as Kurgan
  • John Cason as Regas
  • Roy Glenn as Naganto, the witch doctor
  • Bill Walker as Chief Douanga
  • Steve Mitchell as Gauss, the store clerk henchman
  • Don Blackman as Naganto
  • Production

    Jungle Drums of Darkest Africa was budgeted at $172,840 although the final negative cost was $167,758 (a $5,082, or 2.9%, under spend). It was the most expensive Republic serial of 1953.

    It was filmed between September 29 and October 18, 1952 under the working title Robin Hood of Darkest Africa. The serial's production number was 1935.

    Stunts

  • Tom Steele as Alan King/Third Constable (doubling Clayton Moore)
  • Special effects

    Special effects created by the Lydecker brothers.

    Theatrical

    Jungle Drums of Darkest Africa's official release date is 21 January 1953, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.

    This was followed by a re-release of Adventures of Captain Marvel, re-titled as Return of Captain Marvel, instead of a new serial. The next new serial, Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders, followed in the summer.

    Television

    Jungle Drums of Darkest Africa was one of twenty-six Republic serials re-released as a film on television in 1966. The title of the film was changed to U-238 and the Witch Doctor. This version was cut down to 100-minutes in length.

    Critical reception

    Harmon and Glut describes this serial as "an uninteresting arrangement of stock footage and clich├ęs."

    Chapter titles

    1. Jungle Ambush (20min)
    2. Savage Strategy (13min 20s)
    3. The Beast Fiend (13min 20s)
    4. Voodoo Vengeance (13min 20s)
    5. The Lion Pit (13min 20s)
    6. Underground Tornado (13min 20s)
    7. Cavern of Doom (13min 20s)
    8. The Water Trap (13min 20s)
    9. Trail to Destruction (13min 20s)
    10. The Flaming Ring (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
    11. Bridge of Death (13min 20s)
    12. The Avenging River (13min 20s)

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    References

    Jungle Drums of Africa Wikipedia
    Jungle Drums of Africa IMDb


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