A 14-episode serial in which Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence investigates sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which our hero is blamed. He convinces the local Princess Melani of his innocence and helps her ward off a takeover by rival high priest Porotu.
Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island
Episode 4: Into the Enemy’s Camp
Following the sabotage and destruction of Pacific Dirigible Airlines’ airship San Francisco on her maiden flight on the new California-Australia route (with the death of thirty-three people on board), the United States Intelligence Department assigns Agent Mala to investigate. Evidence points to the refuelling station on Clipper Island (in the Pacific Ocean). Mala heads to the island as a company radio operator, with partner Hank McGlaurie and dog Buck, along with local princess Melani and novelist Anthony Tupper.
The masked master spy known only as H.K. has learned of his mission and despatches his henchmen to intercept. Also causing problems is High priest Porotu, who wishes to usurp Princess Melani and rule the Komatoans.
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It has been said that Ray Mala was the only Jewish Eskimo actor in Hollywood. Whatever his religious or racial origins, Mala is “all hero” in the 14-chapter Republic serial Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island. The star plays a character also named Mala, a Polynesian native and U.S. Intelligence agent. Mala is dispatched to Clipper Island to prove that the huge dirigible San Francisco was destroyed by saboteurs (the destruction of the big blimp is culled from library footage of the Hindenburg disaster). Accompanied by his faithful dog Buck and human assistant Hank (William Newell), Mala discovers that a nest of enemy spies are operating on the island, with the electronic technology to control volcanic eruptions and keep the natives in thrall. Convincing the lovely Princess Melani (Mamo Clark) that he’s one of the good guys, Mala manages not only to thwart the spies, but to also prevent a takeover by despotic high priest Porotu (John Piccori). A 100-minute feature version of this serial, retitled Robinson Crusoe of Mystery Island, was released to TV in 1966.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Ray Taylor / Mack V. Wright
Production Company: Republic Pictures
Original Air Date: 14 November 1936
Audio & Video: Mono – Black & White
Cast: Mala – Agent Ray Mala Rex – Rex, the Wonder Horse Buck the Dog – Buck Mamo Clark – Princess Melani Herbert Rawlinson – Grant Jackson William Newell – Hank McGlaurie John Ward – Anthony Tupper John Dilson – E.G. Ellsworth Selmer Jackson – Mr. Canfield John Picorri – Porotu
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