The Call of the Savage

The Call of the Savage (1935) is a Universal serial based on the story Jan of the Jungle by Otis Adelbert Kline. It was directed by Lew Landers and released by Universal Pictures.

The Call of the Savage
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byMilton Gatzert
Henry MacRae
Written byBasil Dickey
Nate Gatzert
George H. Plympton
StarringNoah Beery Jr.
Dorothy Short
Harry Woods
Bryant Washburn
CinematographyWilliam Sickner
Richard Fryer
Edited byIrving Applebaum
Saul A. Goodkind
Alvin Todd
Edward Todd
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • 1935 (1935)
Running time
12 chapters (231 min)
CountryUnited States


Two teams of scientists scour the dark jungles of Africa to find a secret formula.



Call of the Savage features "Jan, the Jungle Boy" and was based on "Jan of the Jungle" by Otis Adelbert Kline, a successful pulp story which rivalled the Tarzan series.[1][2]

In 1956 material from this serial was edited into a 70-minute film called Savage Fury.

Chapter titles

  1. Shipwrecked
  2. Captured by Cannibals
  3. Stampeding Death
  4. Terrors of the Jungle
  5. The Plunge of Peril
  6. Thundering Waters
  7. The Hidden Monster
  8. Jungle Treachery
  9. The Avenging Fire God
  10. Descending Doom
  11. The Dragon Strikes
  12. The Pit of Flame


See also


  1. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "6. Jungle "Look Out The Elephants Are Coming!"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 11. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 212. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Rustlers of Red Dog (1935)
Universal Serial
The Call of the Savage (1935)
Succeeded by
The Roaring West (1935)

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