A 12-episode serial in which a son avenges the death of his father at the hands of corrupt politicians. He develops a wide variety of complex devices in his crusade . . . ray guns, robots ... See full summary »
In Singapore, two US Marine Lieutenants, Tom Grayson and Frank Corby, discover the threat of a new villain called The Lightning, a masked villain who uses a powerful lightning based weapon in his bid for world conquest. Unfortunately, the battle becomes personal when The Lightning annihilates the officers' unit, and later kills Lt. Grayson's father as he was helping the investigation of the weapon. Now, those young marines have dedicated themselves to stopping The Lightning and bringing him to justice. Written by
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Chapter Titles: 1. The Lightning Strikes 2. The Mill Of Disaster 3. The Silenced Witness 4. Cargo Of Mystery 5. Undersea Bandits 6. The Torpedo Of Doom 7. The Phantom Killer 8. Tides Of Trickery 9. Attack From The Skies 10.In The Camp Of The Enemy 11.The Baited Trap 12.Killer At Bay See more »
[describing the Lighning's modus operandi]
Lt. Tom Grayson:
It is my belief, sir, that a method has been found to charge an aerial torpedo with an immense amount of electricity, which upon striking at its target is immediately released.
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This is one of the serials dedicated to the military by Republic Pictures, SOS Coastguard being another.Though providing serial fans with plenty of action, this 1938 chapter play is composed of excessive stock footage, unusual for a serial made in the late thirties. Robinson Carusoe of Clipper Island and the first Dick Tracy are two serials that provide scenes and cliffhangers for Fighting Devildogs. Adding to that ,news reel footage, the viewer can easily see that the studio really cut corners. That being said, it remains a fast moving 12 chapters with Lee Powell and Herman Brix,aka Bruce Bennett, doing good work as the leads. William Witney and John English provide stellar direction, along with Alberto Columbo's atmospheric musical score. This serial also provides a memorable super nemesis known as The Lightning.The stunts are excellent and up to Republic standards, but the pace of the serial is often erratic. Should have been better considering the personnel involved. Still , this serial deserves a place in a serial fans collection.
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