DirectorLewis D. Collins
Ray Taylor WriterJoseph F. Poland, Paul Huston, Tom Gibson Release date23 April 1946 DirectorsRay Taylor, Lewis D. Collins GenresAdventure Film, Action Film, Black-and-white CastRussell Hayden (Rod Stanton), Jane Adams (Marjorie Elmore), Lionel Atwill (Sir Eric Hazarias), Keye Luke (Tal Shan), Helen Bennett (Indra), Ted Hecht (Doc Harris) Similar moviesThe Green Archer, Zorro Rides Again, Zorro's Fighting Legion, Mysterious Doctor Satan, The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West, The Vigilantes Are Coming
Lost city of the jungle 1946 serial trailer
Lost City of the Jungle is a 1946 Universal movie serial.
Recent atom tests show a certain element that can be used as defense against the atomic bomb. War monger Sir Eric Hazarias (Lionel Atwill) has traced the element, dubbed Meteorium 245, to the Himalayan province of Pendrang, ruled over by casino owner Indra (Helen Bennett). Hazarias fakes his own death and shows up in Pendrang as philanthropist Geoffrey London along with his secretary Malborn (John Mylong), who is secretly the real war monger, Hazarias being his beard, and they start an archaeological dig for the legendary Lost City of Pendrang as a cover for their search for Meteorium. United Peace Foundation operative Rod Stanton (Russell Hayden) arrives in Pendrang soon after having trailed Hazarias there with a twofold mission, prove London is really Hazarias and find out what he is looking for in Pendrang.
Russell Hayden as Rod Stanton, United Peace Foundation operative
Jane Adams as Marjorie Elmore
Lionel Atwill as Sir Eric Hazarias/ Geoffrey London
Keye Luke as Tal Shan
Helen Bennett as Indra
Ted Hecht as Doc Harris
John Eldredge as Doctor Elmore
John Mylong as Malborn, the "real" villain of the serial, posing as Geoffrey London's servant
John Miljan as Doctor Gaffron
John Gallaudet as Professor Grebb
George Lynn as Marlow, one of Hazarias' henchmen
Dick Curtis as Johnson, one of Hazarias' henchmen
Arthur Space as "System" Reeves
Frances Chung as Lakana Shan
Gene Roth as Police Captain Hammond
Lionel Atwill died of cancer and pneumonia while filming this serial. Atwill was playing the mastermind villain, Sir Eric Hazarias, a foreign spy chief. Universal could not afford to throw out the footage already filmed so they were forced to adapt the serial. First, another villain (Malborn, played by John Mylong, who was originally just a servant of Sir Eric) was introduced as the boss of Atwill's character to take over most of the villain requirements of the film. Secondly, a double of Atwill was used to complete his remaining scenes. The double was filmed from behind and remained silent. The villain's henchmen were filmed repeating their orders back to the silent double and stock footage of Atwill was edited in to show a response.
Lost City of the Jungle was Universal's penultimate serial; the final Universal serial was The Mysterious Mr. M, which was also released in 1946.