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The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)

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

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Feature version of the 1938 serial of the same name.

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Lee Powell, Bruce Bennett, Eleanor Stewart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Powell ...
Lieutenant Tom Grayson
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Lieutenant Frank Corby (as Herman Brix)
Eleanor Stewart ...
Janet Warfield
Montagu Love ...
General White
Hugh Sothern ...
Ben Warfield
Sam Flint ...
Colonel Grayson [Chs. 1-2, 7]
Perry Ivins ...
Crenshaw
Forrest Taylor ...
Benson
John Picorri ...
Professor Gould
Carleton Young ...
Johnson, 'Aurora' Crewman [Ch. 4]
John Davidson ...
Lin Wing [Ch. 1]
Henry Otho ...
Sam Hedges, the Gardener
Reed Howes ...
Parker--Sub Crewman [Chs. 4, 10-12]
Tom London ...
Henchman Wilson [Chs. 2-5, 9]
Edmund Cobb ...
Henchman Ellis [Chs. 2, 4-6]
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Approved
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Release Date:

28 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I maska tou satana  »

Box Office

Budget:

$92,569 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

[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 Torpedo of Doom (1966) See more »

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made in 1938, at the height of the cliffhanger serials popularity, this little gem stands out from the rest as one of the best, if not the best serial ever made. it has it all, two marine heroes in lee powell( the screens first lone ranger) and herman brix(later bruce bennett). together they battle the evil masked villain the lightning, who is out to dominate the world by his harnessing of electric power. the excellent musical score was provided by alberto colombo, who scored many of republics pictures. his compositions were used time and again for many film titles; but this was his minor masterpiece. the supporting cast lead by old pro. montague love, was outstanding. all in all in my opinion the best of its kind ever made. for younger film fans who would like to see what the genre was all about, the fighting devil dogs is the one to see! it is on home video at amazon.com. with respect yours at the movies joe rinando(sasheegm)


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