King of the Wild

King of the Wild is a 1931 American pre-Code Mascot movie serial.

King of the Wild
Directed byB. Reeves Eason
Richard Thorpe
Lionel Backus (asst.)
Theodore Joos (asst.)
Produced byNat Levine
Written byWyndham Gittens
Ford Beebe
StarringWalter Miller
Nora Lane
Dorothy Christy
Tom Santschi
Boris Karloff
Arthur McLaglen
Music byLee Zahler
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edward A. Kull
Distributed byMascot Pictures
Release date
  • May 1, 1931 (1931-05-01)
Running time
12 chapters (248 min)
CountryUnited States


Robert Grant, framed for a coup in the Indian country of Ranjapur, escapes from prison to Africa in search of the real villains. Here he meets Sheik Mustapha (Boris Karloff), who has evidence to clear him, and the location of a secret diamond mine.


The stars of King of the Wild were intended to be Harry Carey and Edwina Booth but filming on the MGM film Trader Horn (1931) went over-schedule, forcing Mascot to recast.[1]

Also appearing in the serial was explorer Albert DeWinton. He later went after explorer Percy Fawcett who had disappeared in Brazil several years earlier. DeWinton also disappeared in the Amazon in early 1934 and was presumed dead.[2]


King of the Wild is sometimes misreported as an alternate title for the serial King of the Kongo, which also starred Boris Karloff.[3]

Chapter titles

  1. Man Eaters
  2. Tiger of Destiny
  3. The Avenging Horde
  4. Secret of the Volcano
  5. Pit of Peril
  6. Creeping Doom
  7. Sealed Lips
  8. Jaws of the Jungle
  9. Door of Dread
  10. Leopard's Lair
  11. The Fire of the Gods
  12. Jungle Justice


See also


  1. King of the Wild at the All Movie, retrieved 29/04/07
  2. Associated Press via Montreal Gazette (September 17, 1934)
  3. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "14. The Villains "All Bad, All Mad"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 351. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  4. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 203. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
The Phantom of the West (1931)
Mascot Serial
King of the Wild (1931)
Succeeded by
The Vanishing Legion (1931)

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