Adventures of Captain Africa, Mighty Jungle Avenger! (1955) APPROVED · 3h 45min · Adventure · 9 June 1955
Filled from front to back with stock footage taken from the Columbia serials "The Phantom-1943" and, primarily, "The Desert Hawk-1944", with John Hart and the always-dull Rick Vallin making less-than-adequate substitutes for Tom Tyler and Gilbert Roland, this Sam Katzman "production" finds the mighty jungle avenger and legendary Captain Africa - A "Phantom" rip-off that side-stepped the need to pay King Features another fee for using the character - pledging to see that the legitimate Arabian caliph, Hamid, is restored to the throne which a tyrannical rival has usurped. He is joined in this enterprise by adventurer Ted Arnold, wild-animal trapper Nat Coleman, and his assistant Omar and, to cover all bases, the Arabian princess Rhoda. This rambles on for fifteen chapters as they are beset by guards of the tyrant caliph, desert outlaws, wild beasts of the jungle, and a pair of white adventurers, Boris and Greg, (doing the work of dozens for budgetary reasons) who have a vested interest in keeping the usurper on the throne. - Written by Les Adams
Director(s): Spencer Gordon Bennet Cast: John Hart, Rick Vallin, Ben Welden
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