Natty Bumppo, known as Hawk-Eye, is a frontiersman in the American wilderness. Together with his Indian friends Chingachgook and Uncas, he fights battles against nefarious white soldiers as... See full summary »
B. Reeves Eason
Frank Coghlan Jr.
A young man's father is murdered and the man convicted of the crime escapes prison, leaving a note intimating that seven local men know the real killer's true identity. The murdered man's ... See full summary »
A Secret Service agent searches the jungle for his missing brother, also an agent. He encounters a young woman there who is also searching, but for her missing father. They encounter a gang... See full summary »
Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.
To impress his fiancee's aunt, a young man tries to become king in a small kingdom, but the people there have already crowned one, who has won this honor by gambling. So he plans a coup ... See full summary »
A mysterious master criminal known as The Voice plots with his gang to sabotage the Milesburg Oil Company, but the rightful heir has a secret army of her own to protect her rights. Written by
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Low-budget producer Nat Levine scored a windfall by being able to cast Harry Carey and Edwina Booth, who just came off starring in the major MGM hit Trader Horn (1931). Booth was still recovering from a serious bout with a tropical disease contracted in Africa while on location for that film. See more »
Serials have been a favourite of mine for a long time and discovering this one was a treat indeed. Nat Levine made some of the best early talkie serials. With writers like Wyndham Gittens and Ford Beebe (later to become a director) and directors like B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason I can see how Mascot Serials were very popular. This one offers western stalwart Harry Carey as "Happy" Cardigan who is contracted to bring in an oil well. Happy stands to go broke if he does not deliver the black gold on time. Meanwhile a gang of sixgun toting badguys called The Vanishing Legion are out to stop him from bringing in the well at all costs. They are led by a criminal mastermind known only as The Voice. He is never seen but his word is law. There are lots of fights, car chases, wrecks, fires and wild horse stampedes. Can Happy and young Jimmy (Frankie Darro) bring in the oil before it's too late? What about the mysterious woman (Edwina Booth) who seems to be on both sides of the conflict at once? What about young Jimmy's dad who says he was framed for murder and is being hunted by good guys and crooks alike? And who is the mysterious Voice?
I can answer that last question, but I won't tell you who the killer is! The voice of The Voice is provided by none other than a pre-stardom Boris Karloff! Boris had made 2 serials for Mascot, KING OF THE KONGO (1929) and KING OF THE WILD (1930). He keeps his sinister commands at a whisper most of the time but in a few chapters his tones and that trademark lisp become quite reconisable to his fans. Boris' contribution to the film is important to the plot but he receives no billing and this film is left off all his filmographies. Finding it is a rare treat.
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