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Tim Tyler's Luck (1937)

Frankie Thomas , Frances Robinson , Ford Beebe , Wyndham Gittens  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Frankie Thomas, Frances Robinson, Jack Mulhall, Al Shean, Norman Willis
  • Directors: Ford Beebe, Wyndham Gittens
  • Writers: Wyndham Gittens, Lyman Young, Norman S. Hall, Ray Trampe
  • Producers: Elmer Tambert, Henry MacRae
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 251 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E97HWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tim Tyler's Luck" on IMDb

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Actors: Frankie Thomas, Frances Robinson, Norman Willis, Al Bridge: This was Universal's 37th sound-era serial in 12 thrilling chapters, and was based on the long-running King Features comic strip by Lyman Young. The story starts with Tim Tyler (Frankie Thomas) coming to Africa in search of his father, a noted scientist who has gone to the gorilla country and turned up missing. Tim stows away on a river steamer and meets Lora Lacey (Frances Robinson) who is searching for "Spider" Webb (Norman Willis), an ivory-safari robber and thief of a diamond. Lora and Tim pursue Webb, which leads them to Tim’s captive father. DVD Bonus & Features: 2005 Video Interview with Frankie Thomas, Bios, Original Theatrical Trailer, Bonus Classic Cliffhanger Trailers, Chapter Selection, DVD-9 / DVD-5, Dolby Digital 2.0, 251 min, B&W, 1.33:1, NR, 1937.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better September 13, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
Of all the many tapes that I have purchased over the years, this one was one of the most poorly transferred from the original film that I have ever seen. I remembered this serial from my youth, and had hoped to refresh some fond memories and share them with my grandchildren. Unfortunately, the constant flickering of the screen and the poor sound quality don't allow me to do that. I would not recommend this tape to anyone until it is "cleaned up" and restored or at least improved.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present based on the comic strip by Lyman Young by King Feature Syndicate..."Tim Tyler's Luck" (1937) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 12 Chapter cliffhanger from an action packed Universal serial era featuring an outstanding cast with Ford Beebe and Wyndham Gittens at the helm....story line and plot has Tim Tyler (Frankie Thomas) searching for his father Prof. James Tyler (Al Shean) a famous scientist, Tim embarks into gorilla country in Africa with danger at every turn...our cast seems to be having a blast with each cliffhanger episode keeping you on the edge of your seat...what part does Lora Lacey (Francis Robinson), Spider Webb (Norman Willis) and Tim play in this exciting jungle serial of Universal's best since "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers"...will Tim's father survive the treacherous jungle of the Dark Continent and those who inhabit it's surroundings...can Lora Lacey with Tim's help bring in Spider Webb to stand trail for the crime Lora's brother is serving time for...is there any justice within the 12 chapters Universal's cast and crew is facing...don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "The Kimberley Diamonds"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ford Beebe and Wyndham Gittens, associate producer Henry MacRae and Elmer Tambert, original story & screenplay by Wyndham Gittens, Norman S. Hall and Ray Trampe, musical score by Franz Waxman, Charles Previn, William Schiller and Clifford Vaughan, stunts by Eddie Parker and Tom Steele...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good print, once past the titles June 27, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Tim Tyler's Luck" is a 12-chapter Universal serial from 1937 based on the comic strip created by Lyman Young, directed Ford Beebe and Wyndham Gittens.

Tim Tyler (Frankie Thomas) is in Africa searching for his father (Al Shean), and stows away on a riverboat. Lora Lacey (Frances Robinson) is also doing some searching, but for an evildoer named "Spider" Webb (Norman Willis), one of whose crimes has wrongly landed her brother in prison. She finds that Webb's chief henchman, Garry Drake (Anthony Warde) is also on the boat. Unfortunately, Drake figures out who she is and secures the door of her cabin with a rope. He then has his gang murder the captain and crew, and they are about to do the same to Ms. Lacey but Tim Tyler has unroped her cabin door, and they escape. Drake and his men make off with the cargo of ammunition and guns, loading them into the tank-like "Jungle Cruiser" when Spider Webb arrives. They are pursuing Tim and Lora when The Ivory Patrol shows up, led by Sergeant Gates (Jack Mulhall). Tim says the Jungle Cruiser is his father's invention so he may be getting close to his goal.

Fairly typical of 1930's jungle pictures, there are attacks on ivory caravans by rock-throwing gorillas, hostile natives said to be led by a white ruler, instant-suck-down quicksand, an "elephant graveyard" with a vast fortune in ivory, Tim befriending wild animals and being rescued by them, and so on. Not bad of its kind, and something other than fist fights to provide the action. 16-year-old Frankie Thomas is quite good as the title character; you'd think he actually believes it's all happening as shown.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present based on the comic strip by Lyman Young by King Feature Syndicate..."Tim Tyler's Luck" (1937) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 12 Chapter cliffhanger from an action packed Universal serial era featuring an outstanding cast with Ford Beebe and Wyndham Gittens at the helm....story line and plot has Tim Tyler (Frankie Thomas) searching for his father Prof. James Tyler (Al Shean) a famous scientist, Tim embarks into gorilla country in Africa with danger at every turn...our cast seems to be having a blast with each cliffhanger episode keeping you on the edge of your seat...what part does Lora Lacey (Francis Robinson), Spider Webb (Norman Willis) and Tim play in this exciting jungle serial of Universal's best since "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers"...will Tim's father survive the treacherous jungle of the Dark Continent and those who inhabit it's surroundings...can Lora Lacey with Tim's help bring in Spider Webb to stand trail for the crime Lora's brother is serving time for...is there any justice within the 12 chapters Universal's cast and crew is facing...don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "The Kimberley Diamonds"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ford Beebe and Wyndham Gittens, associate producer Henry MacRae and Elmer Tambert, original story & screenplay by Wyndham Gittens, Norman S. Hall and Ray Trampe, musical score by Franz Waxman, Charles Previn, William Schiller and Clifford Vaughan, stunts by Eddie Parker and Tom Steele...
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