Danger Island

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Danger Island

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Danger Island was a live-action, cliff-hanger adventure serial that aired in short segments as part of the Banana Splits Adventure Hour in the 1968-1969 TV season. It produced the catch phrase "Uh oh, Chongo!" which became popular among children who watched the Saturday morning show. It is also notable for introducing a young Jan-Michael Vincent to TV viewers, as well as for being one of the early directorial efforts of Richard Donner, who went on to direct such popular feature films as The Omen, Superman:The Movie, and all four Lethal Weapon films. The story concerns Professor Hayden, his daughter, and his young assistant (Vincent). They are searching for the lost ancient city of Tobanya -- as well as for the professor's missing brother -- among uncharted islands of the South Pacific when they are attacked by pirates seeking lost treasure. The pirates destroy their boat, marooning our heroes on the island -- but not ending their search. They are soon joined by newfound friends Morgan and Chongo, two merchant seamen who had been marooned themselves years before. Along the way, our heroes must not only fend off the pirates, who are after the rumored treasure of the lost city, but also outwit native island headhunters. The serial appeared only on the first season of the Banana Splits show, but it was sometimes seen on the reruns of the show which were syndicated in later years. Danger Island is fondly remembered for its unique mix of adventure and slapstick comedy.moreless
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  • A mixture of adventure, mystery, thrills, and slap-stick comedy, this kids' cliff-hanger series is a classic to those TV viewers who grew up in the 60s.

    9.0
    Adults who watch Danger Island today will probably find it silly, poorly acted, and cheaply made. But kids -- particularly FORMER kids who watched the show when it first appeared in the late 60s in segments on the Banana Splits show on Saturday mornings -- will appreciate the simple pleasures it provides.



    Danger Island was really quite an eclectic show. It combined elements of adventure, mystery, thrills, and slap-stick comedy. Yes, the production values were cheap, but it didn't really matter. The show had heroes you cared about, villains you feared and hated, and adventures that kept you on the edge of your seat. It had characters to root for (Link and Morgan), to laugh at (Chongo), to admire (Prof. Hayden), and to lust after (Leslie).



    Make no mistake -- this is a show for kids... and for adults who were kids in the late 60s. It's a retro classic to those of us who remember shouting "Uh oh, Chongo!" at recess.moreless
  • It was OK. Not good but just OK. At times, Danger Island really bores the hell out of me but there were many savoring moments that made me watch it til the very end. Recommended only if you have time to kill.moreless

    7.0
    It was OK. Not good but just OK. At times, Danger Island really bores the hell out of me but there were many savoring moments that made me watch it til the very end. Recommended only if you have time to kill.The story of this show is ok, but no way to say "This is nice".

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