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Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal is the premiere episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series which debuted on ABC on March 4, 1992 as a feature-length movie of the week.

The story introduces viewers to the two young actors who would be playing the title character in the series and represents the first adventure of each of the two periods of Indiana's life. Corey Carrier plays a nine-year-old Indiana Jones in the first half, "Egypt, May 1908", and in the second half, "Mexico, March 1916", Sean Patrick Flanery continues the story as a sixteen-year-old Indy. George Hall appears as a 93-year-old Indy at the beginning, middle and end of the movie in a framing device set in the then-contemporary early 1990s which "bookends" the main action.

Plot summary[]

A class of students is touring a museum. Two boys break off from the group. While running down a hallway, a cane trips the two and they fall. An elderly man—Indiana Jones—asks them why they aren't in class. They tell him that the museum is boring and full of junk. Jones is insulted by their remarks, stating that some of the greatest adventures of his life reside in the museum. He asks them if they are from the city, and reveals that he was born "just across the river". This doesn't impress the boys, but Jones asks them to listen to him. He proceeds to tell them about his childhood and family. He introduces his mother, father, and dog. He then explains that one day, his father asked he and his mother to accompany him on a lecture tour around the world. They agree, and travel first to London, where Jones meets his tutor for the trip, Miss Helen Seymour.

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T.E. Lawrence cycling in the Egyptian desert.

Back in the museum, Jones expresses his admiration for Lawrence. The two boys ask what happened next, and Jones explains that Lawrence pursued Demetrios, but Demetrios' steamship left before Lawrence arrived. The boys ask what became of the jackal, but Jones refers to it as "another story", and prepares to leave. He wants to go home so as to make sure and feed his cat Henry, but the boys persist. Jones decides to stay, and he leads them to another room. He explains that eight years after his adventure in Egypt, he was on spring break visiting his cousin Frank in Santa Fe. He and his cousin had decided to cross the border into Mexico, to "see the senoritas".

Jones reveals that he almost missed meeting up with Remy, and that two weeks later, they boarded a boat in Vera Cruz with the intent of joining the war in Europe. The boys ask Jones what happened to the Jackal. He points his cane to a glass case behind them. They look at each other in astonishment. Jones walks out of the museum and, after making sure no one is looking, slides down the railing of a staircase.



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Behind the scenes[]


The black horse Sean Patrick Flanery rode in this episode was named "Hurricane", and was the same black horse Harrison Ford rode in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.



Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal debuted on ABC on March 4, 1992.

Home video[]


Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal on UK VHS.

Though Curse of the Jackal was released in its original form on VHS in the United Kingdom, it was split in two and re-edited with other material for The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones VHS series in the United States. The segments were also released in Japan on VHS and LaserDisc.

The "Egypt, May 1908" segment with Corey Carrier was combined with a new segment ("Tangiers, July 1909") to become My First Adventure, which aired on the Family Channel in 2000, but was never released to video. The "Mexico, March 1916" segment with Sean Patrick Flanery was combined with the "Princeton, February 1916" episode and released as Spring Break Adventure. Spring Break Adventure also cuts a scene from the TV broadcast where Indiana reads a letter from T. E. Lawrence.


The episode was adapted into the first and second issues of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles comic book series.

The "Egypt, May 1908" and "Mexico, March 1916" segments, without the George Hall bookends, were adapted into separate Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks: The Valley of the Kings and South of the Border respectively. The first twenty-four cards of Pro Set's trading card series also covered the story arc.

"Egypt, May 1908" alone was novelized twice with the same title: The Mummy's Curse from Random House for young adults, and The Mummy's Curse from Golden Books aimed at pre-teens. Young Indiana Jones in the Curse of Kha was a puzzle book/comic from Scholastic, Inc. based on the segment.

"Mexico, March 1916" formed the initial stage of LucasArts' Young Indiana Jones Chronicles video game.

The German dub of the complete story was adapted into a two-part audio production Der Fluch der Mumie ("The Curse of the Mummy")

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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
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