Tales of the Gold Monkey

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 1982 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Corky is kidnapped by a slave dealer brother to repair the engines of his slave ship. Jake has to deal with malaria whilst attempting to rescue him.

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  • Jack battles with malaria and other elements to rescue Corky, who has been kidnapped by a slave driver to repair the engines of his stranded boat. A cracking episode...

    The first regular episode of 'Tales of the Gold Monkey' after the Pilot, 'Shanghaied' is a great story, and the sort of one that will make many of us wish the series had continued for longer, and been allowed to develop further.

    It's also a nice example of an episode where all of the main characters are featured; as the series went on, the likes of Princess Koji, Todo and Willie only appeared on a more semi-regular basis.

    Bon Chance Louie is now played by Roddy McDowell (replacing Ron Moody from the Pilot); Sarah's British accent isn't quite as grating (and that's coming from a Brit), but other than that, things pretty much pick up from the scene the Pilot set.

    After the great opening sequence of Jake and Corky in the P-40 and being shot down by the Japanese (which turns out to be a dream), the rest of the first act is a bit slow in some respects, especially compared to nowadays standards, but it doesn't damage the episode too badly. But from the second act, things really develop into an enjoyable tale.

    The Mud People are a really interesting touch, and reliable character actor Guy Stockwell (older brother of Dean from Bellisario's 'Quantum Leap', fact fans) does the job as the mysterious Captain Ahab.

    'Shanghaied' is a top-notch episode. Engaging yet not too demanding on the viewer, this is a great instalment. It might not rank as one of the all-time greatest hours of television, but for a 'Gold Monkey' episode, it is great fun. I like this one enough to give it 10 out of 10.moreless
Ken Foree

Ken Foree


Guest Star

Guy Stockwell

Guy Stockwell

Sean Flynn/Captain Ahab

Guest Star

Connie Ramirez

Connie Ramirez

Mud Girl

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the Goose flies over the Mud Peoples' island, the shot looking down at what is supposedly Flynn's boat, is stock footage shot of a completely different boat. Flynn's boat is ground near a steep bank, but on this stock shot, the boat is out in the middle of the river in completely different surroundings.

    • Goof: In the opening scene on the P-40 fighter, several shots of the characters are flipped back-to-front - noticeable as Jack's eye-patch suddenly is on the wrong side.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Louie: Jake, there has been a new regulation from the Aero Nautique in Paris. One cannot fly a commercial airplane on French soil or waters without a copilot.
      Jake: Louie, someone shanghaied my copilot! (He looks around.) Jack's my copilot.
      Sarah: Jack can't fly.
      (Jack growls)
      Jake: Neither can you.
      Louie: He does not qualify.
      Jake: Why, because he's a dog?
      Louie: No, because he only has one eye.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode and episode #7 "Trunk From the Past" were syndicated as a movie entitled "Curse at the Gold Monkey". It was also known as "Curse of The Gold Monkey."