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Hell's Headquarters (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 15 April 1932 (USA)
Doctor Smith and his wife, Mary,depart a riverboat and are met by Phil Talbot. Phil informs Dr. Smith that Jessup, the only other white man in the village, has died while the doctor and his... See full summary »


Andrew L. Stone


Norton S. Parker (story) (as Morton S. Parker)




Cast overview:
Jack Mulhall ... Ross King
Barbara Weeks ... Diane Cameron
Frank Mayo ... Phil Talbot
Phillips Smalley ... Mr. Cameron
Fred Parker ... Dr. Smith
Everett Brown ... Kuba


Doctor Smith and his wife, Mary,depart a riverboat and are met by Phil Talbot. Phil informs Dr. Smith that Jessup, the only other white man in the village, has died while the doctor and his wife were off on a two-day holiday. Unknown to Smith, Jessup and his partner, Ross King, had a large cache of ivory tusks in the jungle, and he had told Phil about it. Meanwhile, Mary Smith has decided to steam-boat down the Congo River to Capetown for an extended holiday. Kuba, King's gun-bearer, asks Smith to write a letter to King, currently residing at a New York City Explorer's Club, and advise him that his partner has died. Talbot sends a letter to his stateside sweetheart, Diane Cameron, and her father, asking them to come to Africa and join him on an ivory-treasure expedition, and replenish their family-fortune lost in the recent stock-market crash. What Mr. Cameron and Diane don't know about Talbot is that his years in Africa have unhinged him. On the voyage over, Diane meets Ross,and they... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Story of Ivory Hunting in the Congo


Drama | Mystery | Romance


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15 April 1932 (USA) See more »

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White Ivory See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Wednesday 16 August 1950 on Stardust Theatre on WATV (Channel 13) and again Wednesday 25 October 1950 on Starlit Playhouse on WOR (Channel 9), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 5 September 1950 on Movie Gems on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Stage Direction: Point. Line "Look at that!"
19 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A man has died in Africa, so a letter is sent to Jack Mulhall telling him that his partner has put a large amount of valuable ivory in a hut. Several people go after it in this poor Poverty Row jungle picture.

Andrew Stone had been directing features for four years by this point, but he was a still a director for hire. Here, working from a bad script, editor Frank Atkinson and he cut in a lot of poorly coordinated back-projection pictures of African wildlife that look like they are rejects from TRADER HORN into a soggy plot that is mostly about people wandering about the jungle, pausing occasionally to point or scream at snakes, hyenas, elephants and cheetahs.

It would be another five years until Stone acquired enough pull to because a writer-producer-director, usually working with his wife Virginia. As an auteur he was not a great one, but a capable worker, mostly in moderately-priced programmers and A movies through the early 1970s. At some stage he divorced Virginia and remarried. He died in 1999, aged 97.

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