Tales of the Gold Monkey

ABC (ended 1983)


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Tales of the Gold Monkey

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The adventures of seaplane pilot and soldier of fortune Jake Cutter in the South Pacific of 1938. Jake, a former Flying Tigers pilot, made his home on the island of Boragora along with his one-eyed dog Jack and his mechanic Corky. Other companions were Bon Chance Louie, the local magistrate and owner of the Monkey Bar hangout, Sarah Stickney White, the bar's singer who was actually an American spy, and Dutch minister Willie Tenboom who was actually a German spy. Rounding out the cast of schemers was Princess Kogi, ruler of the nearby island of Matuka, and the samurai warrior Todo who commanded her private army.
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  • soldier of fortune jake cutter deals w/spies and nazis in boragora at the time of wwii. his main companion is his one-eyed dog jack and several others.

    wow, i can't believe i was only 10 when this show was on the air. on abc i believe. at the time it was one of my favorites. it rode in on the whole raiders of the lost arc wave. back in the day, way before 7th heaven, stephen collins played jake cutter, a pilot and soldier of fortune who made his base camp in boragora, an island in the pacific. the world was invloved in ww11 and spies were everywhere. jake's friends included his mechanic corky, bon chance louie owner of the local and bar and sarah stickney white, the bar singer/american spy. and if you watched the show, you can't forget jack, the one eyed dog! while the eps are standalone, intrigue, espionage , and treasure hunting are the recurring themes and tie the series together. i just hope that someday the series is released on dvd. it really brings on a lot of good memories. a fun show to watch.moreless
  • I have been looking for a tape or dvd Of this show!

    I have been looking for this show for years. I really want this show so I can let my kids see it. I thought it was a great fun family show that I would do anything my mom told me just so I could watch it. I was 12 years old and I can't get this tv show out of my head. This is a clasic and should have been on tv for years. It is sad that we let so many other stupid shows air and not this one. Bring this one back!

    I would pay to get this on dvd.moreless
  • Not a bad choise.

    Contrary to popular consensus, TotGM was not an Indiana Jones knockoff, although the popularity of those movies was probably responsible for Gold Monkey getting its shot on television. No, Gold Monkey was much more in line with many older adventure movies, and creator Donald Bellisario insisted it was inspired mostly by the 1939 movie Only Angels Have Wings.

    Regardless of where it came from, though, this was a very enjoyable series. As a boy of 9 at the time it originally aired, I was absolutely enamored with it (so much so, in fact, that my father still calls me "Jake" to this day). Now, as a man of 30, I have managed to find copies of all the episodes, and I find that I still love it. I may love it even more now that I'm older and more able to appreciate the historical references in the show, which is set in the Pacific in 1938. Spies and political intrigues abound in every single episode, and provide the perfect backdrop for an adventure story.

    This series is clearly a product of early 80s American television, showing quite a bit of similarity in structure and production values with nearly every other series produced at the time. Gold Monkey, though, was far from formulaic, and very original. How many shows can you name that had an intelligent one-eyed dog that was regarded in every respect as an equal member of the cast?

    I will never understand why it didn't last more than a single season, but at least I can enjoy what little there is. "Tales of the Gold Monkey" will always have a special place in my heart and on my video shelf.moreless
  • A really fun show to watch.

    This show is full of action and adventure. Stephen Collins plays as Jake Cutter, this central character really makes this show very exciting. It's so watchable, you just sit back and let the action unfold before your eyes. This is what an adventure show should be about, it's really fun to watch, it's got a very cool soundtrack. it's sort of like indiana jones, the amphibious plane was so cool, it's a big part of the show, the plane is a main character in the show. and the one eyed dog is so adorable, it's kinda like the pilot's parrot. the show is a must see.moreless