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Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island
 
 
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Ray Mala, Mamo Clark, Herbert Rawlinson & others. Mack V. Wright & Ray Taylor, directors.
Studio Image Entertainment
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Region 1: North America  (What is DVD encoding?)
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Not Rated
UPC 014381946826
Runtime/Release Date 4 hrs 10 mins/2002
Daedalus Item Code 35817
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In 1935, four small movie studios merged to form Republic Pictures, probably the most famous of all studios that made serials. As demonstrated by this 14-parter from 1936, exotic locales and special effects were the order of the day, whereas great acting and believability of each segment's cliffhanger ending were decidedly not! The plot revolves around Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence who is asked to investigate sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which he is blamed. Our hero convinces the local Princess of his innocence and helps her avoid a takeover by a rival high priest.

"In its purest form, the serial belongs to another era, to a time when kids flocked to neighborhood theaters (instead of shopping malls) to plunk down two bits as admission to the Saturday matinee. However, the video age has made it easy to once again enjoy these outrageous relics of another age. You must first understand, though, that serials were meant to be viewed with several days between each episode. The week between each episode allowed for memories to become dulled so that the certain death established in one cliffhanger could easily be avoided by a revision at the beginning of the next episode. The studios frequently cheated in the solutions, as at the end of Chapter 3 of Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island where the star, Mala, is trapped underwater, deprived of air in a deep-sea diver suit, gasping for 'Air!' But at the beginning of the next episode, Mala isn't only not gasping for air, he has so much air he can walk for several hundred feet underwater after he cuts his own air hose. Hmmm."Images Journal

 
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