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  • Actors: Clyde Beatty, Manuel King, Elaine Shepard, Lucien Prival, Wheeler Oakman
  • Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane
  • Writers: Barney A. Sarecky, John Rathmell, Ted Parsons, Tracy Knight
  • Producers: Barney A. Sarecky, Nat Levine
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: July 18, 1995
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302610575
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With only his wits to get by, an adventurous animal trainer defeats wild animals, fierce trappers and winged guards all to save a trapped jungle princess, a boy raised in the wild and a monkey.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "machado" on January 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I've just seen the serial film Darkest Africa and I loved it. If you think that it was made in 1936 , with all dificulties then existing, the flying bat man, The Goddes of Jobba and the performance of the main star Clyde Beatt you must consider that the result is excellent. I expected to see something extremely naive ...on the contrary, revisiting my past (because the first time I watched the film I was 10 years old) I was pleasantly surprised with a very well realesed serial motion picture. Last but not least - the copy is excellent. I recomend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Darkest Africa is noteworthy as it is the very FIRST serial produced by the newly formed Republic pictures. The jungle theme would become one of the most popular settings for serials and Republic would visit it many times.

Darkest Africa is a 15-episode serial in which Clyde Beatty, King of the Jungle, goes to darkest Africa to rescue the Goddess of Joba, who is being held by the high priest.

Beatty is a capable hero and surprisingly, the action moves at a pretty nice pace. The action sequences are will done and the supporting cast of no-names performs quite well. Republic obviously had a tiny budget on this one but did everything they could to give it an expensive look.

The set pieces and "special effects" are really pretty decent given the time-period and budget. The sound is not the best, particularly the music but again you might chalk that up to the time period.

Not one of Republics best, but a good start for them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 31, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
Republic Pictures present "DARKEST AFRICA" (1936) (268 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- is a 15-Chapter Republic Movie Serial starring Clyde Beatty, Manuel King, Elaine Sheppard, Lucien Prival & Ray Bernard, relive those thrilling days week after week venue brought you to the theater, as you were mesmerized in your seat waiting for the final chapter ... exciting action within 15 episodes from the Republic Serials department, released in February 15, 1936, the plot line thus far Beatty meets Baru, a jungle boy who has come to the out land for assistance in rescuing his sister, the Goddess of Joba, a city in an unexplored part of Africa. Join real life lion tamer Clyde Beatty as he battles the bat men, frees the captive goddess and traps the man-eating blood-thirsty beasts in Republic's first serial. Beatty meets Baru, a jungle boy who has come to the out land for assistance in rescuing his sister, the Goddess of Joba, a city in an unexplored part of Africa --- This was the first serial released by the newly formed Republic Pictures. --- the once fabulous Republic Studio serial machine turned out true masterpieces of action during the late 30s and early 40s ... remember this serial from the Saturday double features at our neighborhood theater ... 15 breathtaking chapters come across with all the gusto Republic Studios has to offer.

Under B. Reeves Eason (Director), Joseph Kane (Director), Nat Levine (Producer), Barney A. Sarecky (Supervising Producer), Ted Parsons (Screenwriter), John Rathmell (Screenwriter), Barney A. Sarecky (Screenwriter), Edgar Lyons (Cinematographer), William Nobles (Cinematographer), Richard Fantl (Editor), John T.
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Some time in the late forties, when Saturday movies lasted 4 hours, I saw the first 14 episodes of this serial. It was already dated when I saw it, but the impression it made was indelible. The fantastic flying Batmen of Africa and the weird siren sound they made still lives in my dreams. In the ninties I taped the composite movie version, "Batmen of Africa" off TV and found out what happened in the last episode (I was sick with something I couldn't sneak out of the house with and missed it), a resolution to a mystery I couldn't remember by that time. There are a number of elements in this series that defy explanation, not the least of which is a boy sidekick who seems remarkably ape-like. Weird! But the feel is still the same: adventure, challenge, courage and indominability. Stand up and face it!
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