The seventh of Universal's sound-era serials (slid between two Tim McCoy serials, "The Indians Are Coming" and "Heroes of the Flames") has secret service agent Gary Gordon (Kenneth Harlan) assigned to run down a band of smugglers known as the River Gang. Unknown to him, John Mackey (William Worthington), father of his sweetheart Lola (Edna Murphy), is a member of the gang. When Mackey's partner Joe Burke (William Thorne) is killed, Kent Martin (Gayne Whitman) claims he has evidence that will convict Mackey of the crime, and tries to blackmail Mackey to gain his consent to a marriage with Lola. The latter is not thrilled at this prospect and even less thrilled is Martin's sweetheart Jane Madden (Gertrude Astor). When the blackmail ploy fails, the ever-romantic Martin kidnaps Lola and takes her to his cave hide-out. Written by
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I was curious to see that Wikipedia reports this 10-episode chapter play as "lost" since in the mid-1970's Swedish TV (which every summer showed old movie serials, a chapter a week) showed "Finger Prints" which actually was silly, as serials tend to be, but did have an intriguing plot. Perhaps I watched it weekly simply because it was broadcast in English (with Swedish subtitles, LOL) but I would enjoy seeing it again. LOL Note that as these serials go, the acting is OK; certainly more proficient than the acting in "Blake of Scotland Yard". While not as much fun as "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" or one of my personal favorites "Superman" which my loving grandmother suffered through on our weekly trips to the movie theater, it is fairly suspenseful and if you enjoy that type of vintage material, I'd recommend it (provided all copies have not disintegrated in the past three decades).
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