The Drums of Jeopardy (1931 film)

The Drums of Jeopardy is a 1931 American Pre-Code horror film directed by George B. Seitz. It is the second film adaptation of Harold McGrath's novel of the same name, and stars Warner Oland as Dr. Boris Karlov. The name of the villain in the novel was originally called Boris Karlov, but when the actor Boris Karloff rose to prominence circa 1923, the character's name was changed to Gregor Karlov in the 1923 silent film adaptation to avoid confusion. It was changed back to Boris again in this 1931 remake of the film.[1]

The Drums of Jeopardy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge B. Seitz
Produced byPhil Goldstone (producer)
Written byHarold McGrath (novel The Drums of Jeopardy)
Florence Ryerson (writer)
StarringWarner Oland as Boris Karlov
Music byVal Burton
CinematographyArthur Reed
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Distributed byTiffany Pictures
Release date
  • March 2, 1931 (1931-03-02)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


A mad scientist seeks revenge against those he holds responsible for his daughter's death.



Home media

The film made its first and only debut on DVD on August 31, 2004.[2]


On his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings, Dave Sindelar called it, "a very interesting variation on the typical horror revenge plot".[3] Dennis Schwartz from Ozus' World Movie Reviews awarded the film an "A-". In his review he wrote, "Despite the poor quality of its print, this PRC film reaches greatness in its portrayal of villainy and is worth watching despite the film's bad shape."[4]


  1. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 259. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. "The Drums of Jeopardy (1931) - George B. Seitz". AllMovie. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. Sindelar, Dave. "Drums of Jeopardy (1931)". Fantastic Movie Dave Sindelar. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. Schwartz, Dennis. "drumsofjeopardy". Dennis Schwartz. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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