Lost City of the Jungle

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Lost City of the Jungle
Lost City of the Jungle FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
Ray Taylor
Produced by Morgan Cox
Joseph O'Donnell
Written by Joseph F. Poland
Paul Huston
Tom Gibson
Starring Russell Hayden
Jane Adams
Lionel Atwill
Keye Luke
Cinematography Gus Peterson
Edited by Irving Birnbaum
Jack Dolan
Joseph Gluck
D. Pat Kelley
Alvin Todd
Edgar Zane
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • April 23, 1946 (1946-04-23)
Running time
13 chapters (265 minutes)
Country United States
Language English

Lost City of the Jungle is a 1946 Universal movie serial.


Recent atom tests show a certain element that can be used as defense against the atomic bomb. War monger Sir Eric Hazarias (Lionel Atwill) has traced the element, dubbed Meteorium 245, to the Himalayan province of Pendrang, ruled over by casino owner Indra (Helen Bennett). Hazarias fakes his own death and shows up in Pendrang as philanthropist Geoffrey London along with his secretary Malborn (John Mylong), who is secretly the real war monger, Hazarias being his beard, and they start an archaeological dig for the legendary Lost City of Pendrang as a cover for their search for Meteorium. United Peace Foundation operative Rod Stanton (Russell Hayden) arrives in Pendrang soon after having trailed Hazarias there with a twofold mission, prove London is really Hazarias and find out what he is looking for in Pendrang.



Lionel Atwill died of cancer and pneumonia while filming this serial. Atwill was playing the mastermind villain, Sir Eric Hazarias, a foreign spy chief. Universal could not afford to throw out the footage already filmed so they were forced to adapt the serial. First, another villain (Malborn, played by John Mylong, who was originally just a servant of Sir Eric) was introduced as the boss of Atwill's character to take over most of the villain requirements of the film. Secondly, a double of Atwill was used to complete his remaining scenes. The double was filmed from behind and remained silent. The villain's henchmen were filmed repeating their orders back to the silent double and stock footage of Atwill was edited in to show a response.[1]

Lost City of the Jungle was Universal's penultimate serial; the final Universal serial was The Mysterious Mr. M, which was also released in 1946.[2]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Himalaya Horror
  2. The Death Flood
  3. Wave Length for Doom
  4. The Pit of Pendrang
  5. Fiery Danger
  6. Death's Shining Face
  7. Speedboat Missing
  8. Fire Jet Torture
  9. Zalabor Death Watch
  10. Booby Trap Rendezvous
  11. Pendrang Guillotine
  12. Jungle Smash-up
  13. Atomic Vengeance


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "14. The Villains "All Bad, All Mad"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 363–364. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9. 
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 35. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  3. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 243. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
The Scarlet Horsemen (1946)
Universal Serial
Lost City of the Jungle (1946)
Succeeded by
The Mysterious Mr. M (1946)