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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)
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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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THE MASTER CRIMINOLOGIST OF MODERN TIMES TANGLES WITH THE ARCH FIEND OF ALL TIME...in a bullet-flaming Chapter Play...filmed right out of the thrill-brimmed pages of the famous "Spider" magazines! See more »

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Crime | Action | Drama

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22 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 death-ray footage used in chapters 11 and 12 is taken from Air Hawks (1935). See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Followed by The Spider Returns (1941) See more »

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Columbia's Best Serial
13 November 2001 | by (Columbus OH) – See all my reviews

This serial is as action packed a serial you will ever find from start to finish with wonderful performances all around especially Warren Hull who essays three roles brilliantly. Add Keene Duncan's turn as Ram Singh one has a hall of fame serial. The music adds to the excitement. The Octopus is a masked villain set on destruction and Richard Wentworth sceretly The Spider and Blinky McQuade leads a loyal group in an effort to stop him. For 15 pulse pounding episodes The forces of evil are attacked by a hero who shoots first and asks questions later, The Spider.

I hope one day Sony sees fit to release this serial because it matches Republic's best. It was ranked by The Serial Squadron 10th best out of 266 sound serials.


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