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The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936)

A 12-episode serial in which scholastic sports star Frank Merriwell leaves school to search for his missing father. His adventures involve a mysterious inscription on a ring, buried ... See full summary »


Clifford Smith (as Cliff Smith), Lew Landers (uncredited)


Burt L. Standish (based on the stories by), George H. Plympton (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Briggs ... Frank Merriwell (as Don Briggs)
Jean Rogers ... Elsie Belwood
John 'Dusty' King ... Bruce Browning (as John King)
Carla Laemmle ... Carla Rogers
House Peters Jr. ... House Peters
Herschel Mayall Jr. Herschel Mayall Jr. ... 'Hersh' Mayall
Wallace Reid Jr. ... Wally Reid
Edward Arnold Jr. Edward Arnold Jr. ... Eddie Arnold
Bryant Washburn Jr. ... Bryant Washburn
Allan Hersholt Allan Hersholt ... Allen Hersholt
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Carlyle Blackwell
Peter Gowland ... Peter Gowland
Sumner Getchell ... Harry
William P. Carleton ... Charles Merriwell [Chs.10-12] (as William Carleton)
Ben Hewlett Ben Hewlett ... Daggett (as Bentley Hewlett)


A 12-episode serial in which scholastic sports star Frank Merriwell leaves school to search for his missing father. His adventures involve a mysterious inscription on a ring, buried treasure, kidnaping and Indian raids. He saves his father and returns to school just in time to win a decisive baseball game with his remarkable pitching and hitting. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Release Date:

13 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O protathlitis tis peripeteias See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pretty good Universal serial
27 January 2002 | by jaybee-3See all my reviews

Enjoyable chapterplay from producer Henry MacRae. A bit slow in spots but overall a nice job by everyone. Interesting young cast includes Jean ( "Dale Arden" ) Rogers and Carla Laemmle. The last few chapters are the best with a good use of Universal features stock music in the background.

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