Mystery Mountain [Serial]

Mystery Mountain [Serial]

Ken Maynard
Director: Otto Brower, B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason Cast: Ken Maynard
Ken Maynard
, Tarzan the Horse
Tarzan the Horse
Otto Brower, B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason,


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In the first of two proposed serials for Mascot Pictures, Western hero Ken Maynard goes up against a murderous fiend known as "the Rattler." Wearing a strange disguise consisting of eye glasses, a fake nose, and crepe-hair mustache, the Rattler, aka "the Menace of the Mountain," attempts to control the mountain -- and its hidden gold -- from a secret cave filled with strange electronic gadgets. Maynard is Ken Williams, a young cowboy coming to the aid of Jane Corwin (Verna Hillie), whose railroad worker father (Lafe McKee) was the Rattler's first victim. Just as in a previous Mascot serial, The Hurricane Express (1932), the masked villain of Mystery Mountain uses a seemingly endless supply of rubber masks that enables him to perform his skullduggery disguised as almost every member of the cast. He is finally brought to ground in chapter 12, "The Judgment of Tarzan" ("Tarzan" being Maynard's faithful steed), and is revealed to be supposedly solid citizen Edward Earle. The denouement, of course, was a typical Mascot "cheat," the masked villain having up to that point been played by Edmund Cobb. Maynard, whom Mascot producer Nat Levine had gotten on the cheap at 10,000 dollars a week, proved almost not worth the trouble he created. The difficult star demanded that the serial be filmed at his old stomping grounds, Universal City, and kept changing the script and direction to suit himself. Although Mystery Mountain proved the most successful Mascot serial up to that time, Levine had had enough of the obstinate Maynard and replaced him with newcomer Gene Autry in The Phantom Empire (1935).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827211425
Original Release: 1934
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 60,098

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken Maynard Ken Williams
Tarzan the Horse Tarzan
Verna Hillie Jane Corwin
Edward Earle Frank Blayden
Lynton Brent Matthews
Sid Saylor Breezy Barker
Lafe [Lafayette] McKee Jim Corwin
Carmencita Johnson Little Jane Corwin
Al Bridge Tom Henderson
Edward Hearn Lake
Bob Kortman Hank
Gene Autry Thomas
Smiley Burnette mine guard
Wally Wales Corwin Company board member
Jack Rockwell Corwin Company board member
William Gould Corwin Company board member
Philo McCullough Chase
Tom London Morgan
George Cheseboro Anderson
Hooper Atchley Dr. Edwards
Art Mix henchman
Dick Dickinson henchman
Al Haskell henchman
Pascale Perry henchman
Jack Kirk henchman
Curley Dresden henchman
Frank Ellis henchman
Steve Clark henchman
Lew Meehan henchman
Edmund Cobb The Rattler

Technical Credits
Otto Brower Director
B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason Director
Bennett Ray Cohen Screenwriter
Nat Levine Producer
Sherman Lowe Original Story
Abe Meyer Score Composer
Ernest W. Miller Cinematographer
William Nobles Cinematographer
Barney A. Sarecky Original Story
Armand Schaefer Screenwriter
Walter Thompson Editor
Earl Turner Editor
Lee Zahler Score Composer

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