Hell's Headquarters

Hell's Headquarters is a 1932 American pre-Code "jungle adventure" film set in Africa that portrays the search by an American big-game hunter and others for a valuable cache of elephant ivory.[2] Directed by Andrew L. Stone, it stars Jack Mulhall and Barbara Weeks.[1][3]

Hell's Headquarters
Directed byAndrew L. Stone
Produced byAction Pictures, Inc.[1]
Written byNorton S. Parker
StarringJack Mulhall
Barbara Weeks
Frank Mayo
CinematographyJules Cronjager
Edited byFrank Atkinson
Distributed byMayfair Pictures
Release date
May 15, 1932[1]
Running time
59-63 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Cast


Production

On February 10, 1932, while filming a jungle scene on set, Barbara Weeks was seriously injured by a leopard. The Boston Globe reported the day after the incident that the "trained" animal attacked the actress and clawed her left leg "as she walked past a tent in which [the leopard] was stationed."[4] According to the newspaper, Weeks had been saved by Jack Mulhall and C. F. Broughton when they "seized the beast."[4][5] In its issue of February 12, the trade paper The Film Daily also reports Weeks' injuries:

HOLLYWOOD—Barbara Weeks was badly clawed by a leopard at the Cliff Broughton studio while filming of a new picture was in progress. One of three leopards used in the scene became enraged and inflicted 13 deep wounds on Miss Week's leg before Jack Mulhall could beat it off with a cane.[6]

References

  1. "Hell's Headquarters (1932)", catalog, American Film Institute (AFI), Los Angeles, California. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  2. "Hell's Headquarters (1932) JUNGLE ADVENTURE", full digital copy of film (58:55), originally posted on YouTube June 29, 2013, San Bruno, California. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  3. "Jungle Film To Start At Strand Today: Jack Mulhall, Barbara Weeks Handle Leading Holes In Clever Way", archives 1925-1938, The China Press (Shanghai), November 20, 1932, p. 5. ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  4. "LEOPARD ATTACKS BARBARA WEEKS: Former Melrose Girl Saved by Jack Mulhall", The Boston Globe, February 11, 1932, p. 2. ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  5. The "C. F. Broughton" cited by The Boston Globe was actually Cliff P. Broughton, an independent producer in Los Angeles, so the middle initial "F" given in the news item was either a misidentification at the time by the newspaper or was a simple typographical error.
  6. "Barbara Weeks Clawed", The Film Daily (New York City), February 12, 1932, p. 2. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
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