Jungle Mystery

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Jungle Mystery
The Jungle Mystery.jpg
Poster of chapter 1
Directed by Ray Taylor
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
September 12,
  • 1932 (1932)
Running time
12 chapters (240 min)
Country United States
Language English

Jungle Mystery is a 1932 American Pre-Code Universal 12-chapter movie serial directed by Ray Taylor. Set in Zanzibar, it depicts the search by various parties for a missing man named Jack Morgan (Onslow Stevens), as well as a legendary cache of ivory. The jungle mystery involves a creature (half man, half ape) named Zungu (played by Sam Baker). Tom Tyler played the hero, Kirk Mongomery, and Cecilia Parker played the heroine, Barbara Morgan, searching for her missing brother. A 1935 feature version was also released, running 75 minutes.



Jungle Mystery was based on "The Ivory Trail" by Talbot Mundy.[1]

The film is noteworthy for its extensive use of stock footage of various jungle animals, many of them repeated frequently throughout the serial. (There's even a shot of tigers, which are not native to Africa.) Apart from one sequence filmed in Bronson Canyon, it was shot entirely on the Universal backlot and soundstages.

Although it had been believed lost for many years, the original nitrate negative was in fact still in the Universal vaults. It was preserved in 2016 (along with the cutdown feature version, released in 1935 and running approximately 75 minutes) and officially re-premiered at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, CA during the 2016 Labor Day weekend.

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Into the Dark Continent
  2. The Ivory Trail
  3. The Death Stream
  4. Poisoned Fangs
  5. The Mystery Cavern
  6. Daylight Doom
  7. The Jaws of Death
  8. Trapped by the Enemy
  9. The Jungle Terror
  10. Ambushed!
  11. The Lion's Fury
  12. Buried Treasure



  1. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 11. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 206. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
Heroes of the West (1932)
Universal Serial
Jungle Mystery (1932)
Succeeded by
The Lost Special (1932)