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The Call of the Savage (1935)

Approved | | Adventure | 15 April 1935 (USA)
Two competing teams of scientists search the African jungles for a secret formula.


Lew Landers (as Louis Friedlander)


Otis Adelbert Kline (novel), Nate Gatzert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Beery Jr. ... Jan Trevor
Dorothy Short ... Mona Andrews
Harry Woods ... Borno (as H.L. Woods)
Bryant Washburn ... Dr. Harry Trevor
Walter Miller ... Dr. Frank Bracken
Fred MacKaye ... Dr. Charles Phillips (as Fredric MacKaye)
John Davidson ... Prince Samu [Chs. 11-12]
J. Frank Glendon ... Speaker at Conference [Ch. 1] (as Frank Glendon)
Viva Tattersall ... Georgia Trevor [Ch. 1]
Gwendolyn Logan Gwendolyn Logan ... Mrs. Henry Andrews
William Desmond ... Allen
Grace Cunard ... Mrs. Camerford Amster [Ch. 1]
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Henry Andrews
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Dr. Carl Neff [Ch. 1] (as Don Brody)
Harry Worth ... Dr. Carl Neff


Dr. Harry Trevor (Bryant Washburn), Dr. Frank Bracken (Walter Miller) and Dr. Charles Phillips (Fred MacKaye) are sent by the Caranfellow Institure to Africa to search for a formula that will cure infantile paralysis. Trevor is accompanied by his wife, Georgia (Viva Tattersall), and their young son Jan (Dickie Jones). Trevor discovers the formula but Bracken and Phillips conspire to steal it. Trevor writes half the formula on a piece of parchment and the other half on a flexible metal band which he places on Jan's wrist. Jan and his chimpanzee playmate wander into a menagerie on the post and his mother loses her life protecting him against a lion. Trevor is knocked unconscious, and the chimpanzee leads Jan into the jungle. Bracken and Phillips, believing Trevor is dead, head back to the U.S.A. They return fifteen years later, find the parchment half of the formula and lead a safari on a search for a boy named Jan who has been raised by the jungle animals. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Animals battling each other for jungle supremacy! Attacking man for survival! See more »




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Release Date:

15 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Fury (II) See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Shipwrecked; 2. Captured by Cannibals; 3. Stampeding Death; 4. Terrors of the Jungle; 5. Plunge of Peril; 6. Thundering Waters; 7. The Hidden Monsterl 8. Jungle Treachery; 9. Avenging Firegod; 10. Descending Doom; 11.The Dragon Strikes; 12.The Pit of Flame. See more »


Edited into Savage Fury (1956) See more »

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Exciting, Imaginative and Lots of Fun
10 March 2001 | by Z3SixSee all my reviews

This is an above average "jungle boy" serial that does a great job of coming up with some very imaginative and exciting closings for each chapter. I consider it to be one of my better cliffhangers and would definitely recommend it for any collector of movie serials. Great fun to watch!

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