DARKEST AFRICA is the very first of 66 cliffhanger serials produced by Republic Pictures. This 1936, 15 chapter serial has famed animal trainer, CLYDE BEATTY, battling wild animals and flying Bat-Men while searching for a futuristic city hidden in darkest Africa. Joining Beatty is a wild jungle boy, Baru (MANUEL KING) whose beautiful blonde sister, Valerie (ELAINE SHEPARD) is the unwilling Goddess of the Golden Bat in the Lost City of Joba. The evil high priest, Dagna (LUCIEN PRIVAL) controls the flying army of Bat-Men. This two disc set brings a digitally remastered version of this classic cliffhanger serial produced by Republic Pictures to thrill Saturday Matinee audiences over 70 years ago. Special effects, models and sets are imptessive for the era it was filmed in, and the wild animal footage alone makes it a treasure, and not to be missed. It is producedby Barney Sarecky and directed by B. Reeves Eason and Joe Kane. Cast includes Clyde Beatty, Manuel King, Elaine Shepard, Lucien Prival and Bonga. Interactive Menus with Chapter Selection 15 Episodes 1936 B&W Approx. 4 Hours 32 Mins. All-ages, regions-free, digitally remastered in NTSC format and presented on two DVD-R discs that should play on any standard DVD player. Released by CultRetro in 2009.
– August 7, 2010