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The Spider's Web (1938)

A crime fighter known as The Spider battles a villain called The Octopus, who is out to sabotage America and install his own government.

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Richard Wentworth / The Spider / Blinky McQuade
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Nita Van Sloan
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Jackson
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Ram Singh (as Kenneth Duncan)
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Police Commissioner Stanley Kirk
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Jenkins (the Butler)
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Steve Harmon
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Chase (as Charles Wilson)
John Tyrrell ...
Henchman Grafton
Eugene Anderson Jr. ...
Johnnie Sands (as Gene Anderson Jr.)
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Mason's Secretary
Paul Whitney ...
Gray (the Banker)
Beatrice Curtis ...
Kate Sands
Gordon Hart ...
J. Mason
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Allen Roberts
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A crime fighter known as The Spider battles a villain called The Octopus, who is out to sabotage America and install his own government.

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BLOOD-CHILLING SUSPENSE! HAIR-RAISING CLIMAXES! (original three-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Action | Drama

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22 October 1938 (USA)  »

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The Spider: Master of Men  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The publisher of the Spider soon published a magazine about a criminal plotter called the Octopus around the time of this serial. See more »

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Main Title:"The Spider's Web" enclosed in a "Spider's Web". See more »

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Followed by The Spider Returns (1941) See more »

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Typical serialized action hero stuff
17 January 2000 | by (Gainesville, FL) – See all my reviews

This is an early serialized movie series. I only watched parts 1-5, but I feel sorry for a movie that, in all probability, no one has seen, much less commented on.

Apparently the best part of this movie is the getaway car, because my roommate would occasionally look up while I was watching this and next to, ÒAre you actually going to watch that all the way through?Ó her most common comment was, ÒWhat a cool car.Ó The car has an external step, so in getaways the crooks can jump on and keep shooting. They do this fairly often, and they also laugh maniacally, and leave loose ends in their evil plans for the Spider to pick up on. If the Spider needs a rope to swing from there is a rope there, as happens when he foils the bank heist. This is comic book style action for the twelve year old market of viewers, who now wonÕt be interested because the film is in black and white.

The other cool thing is that the Octopus has a fake arm to make people feel that they know what he is doing, while he keeps a gun trained on them. His evil minions dress like klansmen, not so much to make them look evil as because this was a cheap costume. The Spider wears a black over sized sock with holes cut in it, and a silver painted spider web on it.

If you do come across this my advice is not to bother watching it. Instead read a comic book. This should have a similar feel to the movie only portable.


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