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Mandrake, the Magician (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 6 May 1939 (USA)
Columbia's 7th serial (between Flying G-Men and Overland With Kit Carson)was based on the King Features newspaper comic strip created by Lee Falk and Phil Davis, Mandrake the Magician, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Rex Downing ...
Tommy Houston
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Dr. Andre Bennett
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Professor Houston
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James Webster
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Frank Raymond
Dick Curtis ...
Dorgan - Thug (Chs. 6-8)
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Dirk, lead thug
Stanley Brown ...
Green, thug [Chs. 1, 2, 4]
Beatrice Curtis ...
Rest Home Nurse [Chs. 3,10]
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Henchman
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George Regan, hypnotist [Chs. 3-5]
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Gray, gas station thug [Chs. 8-9]
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Columbia's 7th serial (between Flying G-Men and Overland With Kit Carson)was based on the King Features newspaper comic strip created by Lee Falk and Phil Davis, Mandrake the Magician, the world's foremost exponent of mind over matter, although most of us who read the strip over the years were never really certain whether Mandrake was really a magician, or just had even more ability to cloud men's minds than the Shadow. The serial does allow Mandrake to discard his tie and tails when he isn't performing professionally, but out of his top hat and cloak, he is mainly a fist-slugging detective in this serial. Mandrake and Luthor are working the cruise lines and meet Professor Hudson who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by "The Wasp", who sends his hordes of henchmen in waves to steal the invention, and they blow up a radio station, a power plant and a dam pdq just to show they mean business. Mandrake, after 11 chapters, finally catches up to "The Wasp" in ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLACK MAGIC Conjures Up A Holocaust Of Thrills!

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Action | Adventure

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6 May 1939 (USA)  »

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(12 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Abracadabra!
6 October 2012 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Mandrake, the Magician features a dashing, young hero who may not have any super-powers to speak of, but, being a magician (the worlds' best, of course) he does manage to foil the bad guys with a well-timed magic trick, or two. And if that happens to fail, Mandrake can certainly be counted on to throw a mean punch, sometimes heroically taking on up to five of The Wasp's ruthless henchmen all at one time.

Presented in 12 super-exciting chapters, this enjoyable, 1939 "Cliffhanger" has Mandrake and his loyal pals taking on The Wasp, a dastardly evil criminal, who will stop at nothing in order to get his greedy hands on Prof. Houston's amazing radium-energy machine.

For plenty of laughs and excitement, check out all of the B-Grade action!


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