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  • Tales of the Gold Monkey is a 1982 adventure television show broadcast in prime time on Wednesday nights by ABC. Most critics saw the program as the network's attempt to capitalize on the success of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, released the previous year. Tales of the Gold Monkey is often thought of in the same vein as the television series Bring 'Em Back Alive, which aired on CBS around the same time. Certain aspects of Tales bear resemblance to the films Only Angels Have Wings, Casablanca, and To Have and Have Not. Series creator Donald P. Bellisario had been trying to get Tales commissioned since the late 1970s, but executives felt that audiences wouldn't be interested in an adventure series set in the 1930s. It was the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark that changed their minds. The series featured the romance of early aviation, exotic locales and cliff-hanging action.

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