Tim Tyler's Luck
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Directed by Ford Beebe
Wyndham Gittens
Produced by Henry MacRae
Elmer Tambert (associate)
Written by Wyndham Gittens
Norman S. Hall
Ray Trampe
Lyman Young
Starring Frankie Thomas
Frances Robinson
Jack Mulhall
Al Shean
Norman Willis
Music by William Schiller
Clifford Vaughan
Cinematography Jerome Ash
Editing by Saul A. Goodkind (supervisor)
Joseph Gluck
Louis Sackin
Alvin Todd
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 27 December 1937
Running time 12 chapters (212 min)
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Language English

Tim Tyler's Luck (1937) is a Universal movie serial based on the comic strip Tim Tyler's Luck.


Tim Tyler stowsaway on a ship bound for Africa to find his father, Professor James Tyler. He meets, and is joined by, Lora Lacey, who is chasing the criminal "Spider" Webb, the man responsible for framing her brother.


Critical receptionEdit

Stedman considers this to be perhaps the best of Universal's "Jungle Thrillers." Tim Tyler's Luck has good direction and convincing performances. The serial has quiet moments balancing the action, which was rare for a serial. The characterization is more nuanced then "might have been expected in an action serial".[1]

Chapter titlesEdit

  1. Jungle Pirates
  2. Dead Man's Pass
  3. Into the Lion's Den
  4. The Ivory Trail
  5. Trapped in the Quicksands
  6. The Jaws of the Jungle
  7. The King of the Gorillas
  8. The Spider Caught
  9. The Gates of Doom
  10. A Race for Fortune
  11. No Man's Land
  12. The Kimberley Diamonds


DVD releaseEdit

All 12 chapters were released on a single DVD on February 28, 2006 with special features including a 2005 interview with Frankie Thomas, bios, the original theatrical trailer, and bonus classic cliffhanger trailers.

See alsoEdit


  1. Stedman, Raymond William. "4. Perilous Saturdays". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 119. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5. 
  2. Cline, William C.. "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc.. pp. 219. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Radio Patrol (1937)
Universal Serial
Tim Tyler's Luck (1937)
Succeeded by
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
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