- Secret Service in Darkest Africa
name = Secret Service in Darkest Africa
Spencer Gordon Bennet
William J. O'Sullivan
Royal Cole Ronald Davidson Basil Dickey Jesse Duffy Joseph O'Donnell Joseph Poland
Rod Cameron Joan Marsh Duncan Renaldo Lionel Royce Kurt Kreuger Frederic Brunn
Wallace Grissell Tom Malloy
24 July 1943
runtime =15 chapters
country = USA
budget = $174,536 (
negative cost: $210,033)Mathis, Jack; "Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement"; 1995; ISBN 0-9632878-1-8 ]
preceded_by = "
G-Men vs the Black Dragon" (1943)
amg_id = 1:123879
It was a sequel to "
G-Men vs the Black Dragon" released earlier in 1943, again starring Rod Cameronas American secret agent Rex Bennett. This time Bennet faces the Nazis rather than the Japanese. As with the earlier installment, Bennet is supported by characters from some of the allied nations in World War II.
In an attempt to control the entire
Middle Eastand defeat the Allies, Nazi agent Baron von Rommler ( Lionel Royce) captures and impersonates Sultan Abou Ben Ali (also Lionel Royce), leader of all the Arabs. Opposed to him is American Secret Service Agent Rex Bennett ( Rod Cameron), along with reporter Janet Blake ( Joan Marsh) and Chief of Police Captain Pierre LaSalle ( Duncan Renaldo).
Rod Cameronas Rex Bennett, US agent
Joan Marshas Janet Blake, intrepid reporterand aviatrix
Duncan Renaldoas Captain Pierre LaSalle, head of the French policein Casablancaand code breaker
Lionel Royceas Baron von Rommler, a Nazi impersonating Arab leader Sultan Abou Ben Ali
Kurt Kreugeras Ernst Muller, Sultan Abou Ben Ali's personal secretary and Nazi agent
Frederic Brunnas Wolfe, Nazi agent
Sigurd Toras Luger
Georges Renaventas Armand
#North African Intrigue
#The Charred Witness
#The Open Grave
#Cloaked in Flame
#Dial of Doom
#Funeral Arrangements Completed
#Victim of Villainy
#Nazi Treachery Unmasked
This was the only 15-chapter serial produced by Republic in
1943. The other two productions were both 12-chapter serials. It had been the standard since 1938for Republic to release two of each (which they did again for the last time in 1944).
Filming on "Secret Service in Darkest Africa" took place between
12 Apriland 27 May 1943. The production budget was $174,536 but the negative cost rose to $210,033 ($35,497, or 20.3%, overbudget compared to a studio average of $8,199, or 5.7%, over all its serial production). Not only did this make the serial the most expensive of 1943 it was also the third most expensive and third most over budget of all the sixty-six serials Republic produced. The only serials that were more expensive were " The Lone Ranger Rides Again" (1939, $213,997) and "Captain America" (1944, $222,906). While "Captain America" was also the most overbudget (by $40,283 or 22.1%), the second most overbudget Republic serial was another 1944 serial, " Haunted Harbor" (by $37,757 or 22.2%).
At forty-five days, the serial's production also shares the title of the second longest shoot of all Republic serials with "Jungle Girl" (1941). The longest was "
Drums of Fu Manchu" (1940) at forty-seven days.
tunts & Effects
*Tom Steele as Rex Bennett (doubling
The special effects in this serial were produced by Republic's in-house effects duo, the
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* [http://www.serialexperience.com/showarticle.php?fldRecNum=243 Secret Service in Darkest Africa Article] at [http://www.serialexperience.com/ Todd Gault's Movie Serial Experience]
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