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The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)

Approved | | Adventure | 28 May 1938 (USA)
The US marine corps must battle a would-be world conqueror who uses electricity as a weapon.

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Lieutenant Frank Corby (as Herman Brix)
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Janet Warfield
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General White
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Ben Warfield
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Colonel Grayson [Chs. 1-2, 7]
Perry Ivins ...
Crenshaw
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Benson
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Professor Gould
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Johnson, 'Aurora' Crewman [Ch. 4]
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Lin Wing [Ch. 1]
Henry Otho ...
Sam Hedges, the Gardener
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Parker--Sub Crewman [Chs. 4, 10-12]
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Henchman Wilson [Chs. 2-5, 9]
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Henchman Ellis [Chs. 2, 4-6]
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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 Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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The Lightning Strikes! A half-crazed devil terrorizes the world with a mysterious thunderbolt that brings devastation to all it touches.

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28 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Demônios em Luta  »

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Budget:

$92,569 (estimated)
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(12 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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[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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Edited into J-Men Forever (1979) See more »

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Good but not great serial has everything a serial should be but never quite puts it all together
5 July 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Two marines take on the evil Lightning who travels around the world in a giant wing. The lightning uses his "electrical thunderbolt" to kill those who stand in the way of world domination.

Well acted despite being full of serial character clichés, this is a good, but not particularly great tale. I know many people think this is the best serial ever made but I'm not among them. There is something too mechanical about the tale. Yes its got a great look and good cliffhangers, but for me it feels as though it was put together by a list instead of coming together organically. Don't get me wrong I like the serial. It in no way a bad serial and its certainly worth seeing, but is seems to be more what the perfect serial SHOULD be instead of simply BEING that serial.

Give it a shot if you run across it.


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