Danger Island (TV series)

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Danger Island
Danger Island title card
Directed by Richard Donner
Starring Frank Aletter
Jan-Michael Vincent
Ronne Troup
Rockne Tarkington
Kim Kahana
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 36
Executive producer(s) Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Running time 10 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 7, 1968 – January 11, 1969
Related shows The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

Danger Island is a live-action adventure serial produced by Hanna-Barbera and originally broadcast in 1968–69 as a segment of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. It was filmed in Mexico, directed by future Superman, Goonies and Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner, and featured Jan-Michael Vincent as Lincoln 'Link' Simmons.[1]

The series comprises a three-hour adventure yarn broken down into 36 short chapters. Each chapter is roughly ten minutes long and includes a suspenseful cliffhanger ending that is resolved in the next installment.


Intended as a live-action version of the animated Hanna-Barbera series Jonny Quest,[citation needed] Danger Island depicted the adventures of a trio of explorers in an unnamed tropical island group: Prof. Irwin Hayden, an archaeologist; Lincoln "Link" Simmons, the professor's youthful assistant; and Leslie, the professor's daughter, who serves as both a love interest for Link and the series' token damsel-in-distress.

Several years earlier, the professor's brother (also an archaeologist) disappeared in the same island chain while searching for the mythical lost city of Tobanya. They are joined on their quest by Morgan, a shipwrecked merchant mariner, and his teenage sidekick Chongo, who speaks only in a series of monkey-like chatters and birdcalls. They are pursued by a group of bumbling but heavily armed modern-day pirates led by the murderous Captain Mu-Tan, and by three tribes of cannibal natives known as "the Headhunters", "the Skeleton Men" and "the Ash Men". The show spawned a popular[2] catchphrase, "Uh-oh, Chongo!", among children of that time.


Main characters[edit]


  • Captain Mu-Tan – Victor Eberg
  • Chu – Rodrigo Arrendondo


  1. ^ "Cinematic Lost Civilizations" (PDF). Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  2. ^ TV Tropes:Banana Splits