Release dateFebruary 2, 1929 WriterJerome Kingston (story), Harvey Gates (adaptation) ScreenplayHarvey Gates, Francis Powers CastH.B. Warner, Louise Fazenda, Jacqueline Logan Similar moviesGorilla, Untamed Mistress, The Mighty Gorga, The Gorilla Hunt, Fraidy Cat, Zamba
TaglineSee and Hear Terrible Adventure in Horrible Jungle of Central America!
Stark Mad is 1929 American Pre-Code adventure film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Lloyd Bacon. It starred H. B. Warner, Louise Fazenda, Jacqueline Logan and Henry B. Walthall.
James Rutherford has organized an expedition to the jungles of Central America to find his missing son, Bob, and his guide, Simpson. Professor Dangerfield intercepts the party, bringing with him Simpson, whose jungle experience has made him a raving maniac. They go ashore and decide to spend a night at a Mayan temple. After Irene, Bob's fiancée, disappears, they come across a gigantic ape chained to the floor, and Captain Rhodes, commander of the yacht, is abducted by a strange monster with great hairy talons. Messages are found warning the party to leave. Sewald, an explorer, is mysteriously killed by an arrow. Simpson's reason returns, and he saves the party, revealing that the demented hermit, whom he has just killed, and who formerly occupied the ruins, murdered Bob two months before.
H. B. Warner as Professor Dangerfield
Louise Fazenda as Mrs. Fleming
Jacqueline Logan as Irene
Henry B. Walthall as Captain Rhodes
Claude Gillingwater as James Rutherford
John Miljan as Dr. Milo
Andre Beranger as Simpson, a guide
Warner Richmond as First mate
Lionel Belmore as Amos Sewald
Charles Gemora as Gorilla (uncredited)
The film was released in a silent version for theaters not converted to sound. Both sound and silent versions are lost.
The film is believed to be lost. The soundtrack, which was recorded separately on Vitaphone disks, may survive in private hands.