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Spy Smasher (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 4 April 1942 (USA)
Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

Director:

William Witney

Writers:

Ronald Davidson (original screenplay), Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kane Richmond ... Alan Armstrong / Spy Smasher / Jack Armstrong
Marguerite Chapman ... Eve Corby
Sam Flint ... Adm. Corby
Hans Schumm ... The Mask
Tristram Coffin ... Drake
Franco Corsaro ... Capt. Pierre Durand [Chs. 1-4]
Hans von Morhart Hans von Morhart ... Capt. Gerhardt [Chs. 1, 8, 12] (as Hans Von Morhart)
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Gov. LeComte [Ch. 3]
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dungeon Col. Von Kohr [Ch. 1] (as Robert O. Davis)
Henry Zynda Henry Zynda ... Ritter Lazar [Ch. 1]
Paul Bryar ... Lawlor
Tom London ... Crane
Richard Bond ... Henchman Hayes
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Hauser
John James ... Henchman Steve
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Storyline

Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

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Suggested by the character SPY SMASHER, appearing in WHIZ COMICS magazine, copyright by Fawcett Publications, Inc---1940-1941-1942 (all original posters) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casus Kiran See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$156,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Half-way through the serial, the bad guys pass through a phony billboard advertising the Dick Tracy serials, also made by Republic. See more »

Goofs

Chapter nine: You saw Jack puncture a hole in the "Armored Car". I don't believe it can be done, not with 1940s technology anyway. See more »

Quotes

[Spy Smasher has rescued Jack Armstrong from a Nazi spy]
Jack Armstrong: I'm mighty grateful.
Spy Smasher: That's all right. Jack.
Jack Armstrong: You know who I am?
Spy Smasher: I should. I'm your twin brother.
[Spy Smasher shows Jack his ring, which matches the wing Jack is wearing, and Jack suddenly recognizes Spy Smasher's identity]
Jack Armstrong: Alan! But I thought you were killed in that plane crash in France last year.
Spy Smasher: So did everyone, including the news agency I reported for. That's why I became Spy Smasher, to fight the Nazis on their own ground. Now it's ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are depicted as ...-, Morse code for V (victory), and the searchlights form a "V". See more »


Soundtracks

Main Title
based on Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Opus 67)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Truly Great Wartime Serial
6 June 2003 | by wiluxe-2See all my reviews

This action-packed serial never fails to amaze me--first-rate work by Kane Richmond in the lead and some of the best-choreographed action scenes to be found in any serial; the stunts are sometimes astonishing. Spy Smasher is as convincingly agile a serial good guy as I've seen; his falls from balconies during fights are truly breathtaking. Sure, none of the bad guys lose their fedoras during the intense fight scenes; but if you can't suspend disbelief during a serial, you shouldn't bother watching them in the first place. Several very clever cliffhangers are impossible to explain until their subsequent resolution in the succeeding chapter. The whole serial is stylish, exciting, fun, and even ends, notably, with the tragic death of a beloved favorite good-guy character. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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