WriterTaylor Caven, Ronald Davidson, William Lively, Joseph ODonnell, Joseph Poland, Stephen Slesinger, Romer Grey Release dateOctober 17, 1942 (1942-10-17)
King of the Mounties is a 1942 Republic 12-chapter film serial, directed by William Witney. Allan Lane played Sgt. Dave King of the Mounties, with Peggy Drake as heroine Carol Brent, and Abner Biberman played the villainous Japanese admiral Yamata.
Canada is being bombed mercilessly by a mysterious plane, which is shaped like a boomerang, and is dubbed "The Falcon". The plane is under the command of Japanese admiral Yamata. The identity of the plane remains a mystery until Professor Marshall Brent and his daughter Carol arrive with a new type of airplane detector. The axis forces are planning a Canadian invasion, and feeling that Professor Brent poses a threat to their plan, they kidnap him. RCMP Sergeant Dave King attempts a rescue, but the Professor is killed when the plane in which he is held captive crashes into a riverboat.
Carol Brent, determined to carry on her father's work, manages with Sergeant King's help to prevent the Axis spies from capturing the device her father invented. When the spy ring makes a last desperate attempt to capture the device from the cabin in which she is hiding out, she destroys it rather than let it fall into enemy hands. She is kidnapped and taken to a volcano crater where the spy ring has its headquarters. It is up to Sergeant King to rescue her.
Allan Lane as Sgt Dave King
Gilbert Emery as Commissioner Morrison
Russell Hicks as Marshal Carleton
Peggy Drake as Carol Brent
George Irving as Prof Marshall Brent
Abner Biberman as Admiral Yamata
William Vaughn as Marshal Von Horst
Nestor Paiva as Count Baroni
Bradley Page as Charles Blake
Anthony Warde as Stark
Forrest Taylor as Telegrapher
King of the Mounties was budgeted at $136,320 although the final negative cost was $139,422 (a $3,102, or 2.3%, overspend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1942.
It was filmed between June 23 and July 17, 1942 under several working titles: King of the Royal Mounted Rides Again, King of the Royal Mounted Strikes Again, King of the Royal Mounted Strikes Back and King of the Northwest Mounted Strikes Again. The serial's production number was 1195.
Republic liked calling their heroes "King" in order to use the title "King of..." The studio had found success with this naming scheme following the adaptation of Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted.
Parts of this serial are considered lost. However, the serial was restored by SerialSquadron.com, with added sound in places, as well as subtitles in others, where the soundtrack no longer existed. The restored serial has now been made available on dvd by Serial Squadron.
King of the Mounties' official release date is 17 October 1942, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.