Cast & Crew
Capt. E. Erskine Loch
Captain Benson, a soldier of fortune, stops in Panama on his way to New York and is intrigued by a beautiful swimmer he meets during a festival. The girl, Rita de la Vega, tells him that her father was killed by the Penitente tribe, while looking for lost treasure. Benson then contacts his friend, famous explorer André Roosevelt, who meets the pair at Tiger Bay. After sailing for a few days, Benson and Rita go to an island for provisions and are deserted by their crew. They finally find Roosevelt again, however, and search for the wreck of Rita's father's boat. For three days they search the ocean floor with metal detectors and divers, during which two divers are killed. Roosevelt then follows an air line and is lead to the village of the Penitentes. Heavily armed, Roosevelt, Benson and their men attack the Penitentes, but are barely able to escape with their lives. They think that their quest is lost, but when they find Rita they discover that she found the lost treasure hidden inside a native idol and secretly took it from the village. On the return to civilization, Roosevelt pledges his part of the treasure to Benson and Rita for a wedding gift.
Variety reviewed this film as Manhunters of Caribbean and Film Daily and Box Office reviewed it as Man Hunters of the Caribbean. The film was copyrighted under the title Beyond the Caribbean in 1936. News items in Hollywood Reporter in early 1936 note that the film was set to be released on April 10, 1936, but it was not found on release charts prior to 1938 and no reviews have been located prior to those in 1938. A Motion Picture Herald news item on September 18, 1937 noted that the picture Man Hunters of the Caribbean had been in production for two years and was ready for release, and the 1938 Film Daily review does say "Looks like a rehash of a former picture that had André Roosevelt and a companion on an expedition into the Caribbean country," indicating that it may, at least, have been previewed before 1938. Sources in 1936 refer to Capt. E. Erskine Loch as "Captain Erskine Locke," and note that portions of the film were shot "off the coast of Panama and in Central American jungles."