Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island
A 14-episode serial in which Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence investigates sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which our hero is blamed. He convinces the local Princess Melani of his innocence and helps her ward off a takeover by rival high priest Porotu.
Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936) is a Republic Movie serial starring Ray Mala. It was the fourth of the 66 serials produced by Republic and the last (of four) to be released in 1936. Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island is notable for being the first Republic serial to contain another common aspect of serials – a Re-Cap Chapter, similar to a clipshow in modern television where the events of the previous chapters are repeated via clips (in order to save money). The serial was edited into the film Robinson Crusoe of Mystery Island, which was released in 1966.
Agent Mala, an intelligence operative, investigates sabotage on the remote Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which Mala is blamed. He convinces the native Princess Melani of his innocence and helps her ward off a takeover by rival High Priest and spy collaborator Porotu and discover the identity of spy ringleader H.K.
Ray Mala as Mala, operative of the United States Intelligence Department undercover as a Pacific Dirigible Airlines radio operator. Mala was a rare non-Caucasian hero in serials.
Rex the Wonder Horse
Buck the Dog
Mamo Clark as Princess Melani, Princess and ruler of the Komatoans
Herbert Rawlinson as Grant Jackson
William Newell as Hank McGlaurie, Agent Mala’s partner
John Ward as Anthony Tupper, English Novelist accompanying Agent Mala
John Dilson as E. G. Ellsworth, joint owner of Pacific Dirigible Airlines with Canfield
Selmer Jackson as Canfield, joint owner of Pacific Dirigible Airlines with E. G. Ellsworth, alias H.K