In 1941 Republic thrilled audiences with perhaps the best jungle serial every produced. This thrilling adventure was based loosely on the famous novel Jungle Girl by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It starred the very beautiful Frances Gifford as Nyoka, with Tom Neal as the male hero Jack Stanton, and Trevor Bardette and Gerald Mohr as their villainous adversaries. Jungle Girl was packed with thrilling cliffhangers as opposing sides fought from chapter to chapter for a fortune in diamonds hidden in the African jungle. With both Helen Thurston and David Sharpe providing incredible stunt work, Gifford was able to swing through the jungle on vines with the agility of Tarzan, dive from cliffs into alligator-filled lakes, wrestle with man-eating lions, and battle quicksand and poison gas throughout all fifteen exciting episodes! Now re-mastered from a newly discovered 35mm master positive print. Released in 1941.
DVD | 1 DISC | 267 minutes | 1941 | B&W | Not Rated | English language | 1.33:1 / 4x3 | Dolby Digital Mono | All Regions
During World War II, the Nazi High Command sends agents into the African jungle to stir up the local Tongghili tribes against the British Allies. This allows them to plant Commander Elise Bork, posing as a scientist, and her subordinate, Lang, within the Tambosa Experimental Farm. Along with the help of Maati, an evil rival tribesman, they search for the legendary “Secret Sword”, which has mysterious powers. Two Americans, Bob Elliott (Edward Norris) and Chuck Kelly (Eddie Quillan) arrive to aid the Allies and meet Pamela Courtney (Lois Collier), who is looking for her father, an explorer who mysteriously disappeared. Bork and Lang feign friendship with the trio in order to find out what they know, before trying several ways to kill them. Their attempts always fail though, due to the well-timed appearances of Lothel (Ruth Roman), the beautiful and mysterious Queen of the Jungle, Tongghili’s spiritual leader. In desperation, the Nazis try to kill Lothel by letting loose wild animals, and setting fire to the jungle. Lothel, however, walks through the flames un-harmed and seems to tame even the wildest beast. And in the end, she helps our heroes end the Nazi terror and return peace to the jungle, before vanishing into a sheet of flame.
DVD | 1 DISC | 240 minutes | 1945 | B&W | Not Rated | English language | 1.33:1 / 4x3 | Hi-Fi Mono | All Regions
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The Lost City:
The Lost City, one of the most fondly remembered and fantastic of all movie cliffhangers, and a box-office record breaker in its day, is a sweeping and dramatic epic panorama of weird events... yet to come. In this 12 chapter cliffhanger, a power-mad scientist (William Stage Boyd) is hell-bent upon destroying the world with his man-made earthquakes and strange weapons, until our hero, a brave, young scientist (Kane Richmond) comes to the rescue.
DVD | 1 DISC | 265 minutes | 1935 | B&W | Not Rated | English language | 1.33:1 / 4x3 | Dolby Digital Mono | All Regions
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Jungle Jim is based on a comic strip by Alex Raymond, the creator of Flash Gordon, and produced by Universal in 12 exciting chapters. Jungle Jim (Grant Withers) goes on safari to darkest Africa to find an heiress (Betty Jane Rhodes) who disappeared in the jungle a few years earlier. It turns out the heiress is not really lost but has become the ruler of a tribe of natives. It also appears that she has fallen under the influence of a mysterious figure known as The Cobra (Henry Brandon) who holds some kind of evil dominion over her. With Jungle Jim's help, Joan escapes from The Cobra's spell but now our hero and heroine must fight their way back to civilization against all manner of wild beasts and bad guys.
DVD | 2 DISC | 232 minutes | 1936 | B&W | Not Rated | English language | 1.33:1 / 4x3 | Dolby Digital Mono | All Regions