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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 overview, first billed only:
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Doris Weston ...
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Rex Downing ...
Tommy Houston
Edward Earle ...
Dr. Andre Bennett
Forbes Murray ...
Professor Houston
Kenneth MacDonald ...
James Webster
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Frank Raymond
Dick Curtis ...
Dorgan - Thug (Chs. 6-8)
John Tyrrell ...
Dirk, lead thug
Stanley Brown ...
Green, thug [Chs. 1, 2, 4]
Beatrice Curtis ...
Rest Home Nurse [Chs. 3,10]
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Henchman
Sam Ash ...
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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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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An intriguing and magical cinema serial
7 January 2006 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Mandrake, the Magician"(1939 - 214 minutes - 12 episodes), is one of the classics B&W cinema serials of Columbia, directed by Sam Nelson and Norman Deming. Based on the known Comics created by Lee Falk and Phill Davis in 1924 and written by Joseph F. Poland, Basil Dickey and Ned Dandy. Mandrake (the actor Warren Hull) is a sagacious detective who is traveling in a maritime cruise when he knows the professor Hudson (the actor Forbes Murray), the author of a machine that uses the energy of the radio waves. Developed for the good, the powerful device becomes a dangerous weapon when it falls in the hands of an evil genius known as "Wasp". Mandrake and his faithful assistant, Lothar (the actor Al Kikume), will fight Wasp and his gang, living an intensely battle between the good and the evil. The Mandrake's dress style with the black and red layer, ternary and top-hat, had immortalized the figure of the magician. The English word "Mandrake" is the name of a root that was always associated with magical powers and miraculous cures. Lothar was an African prince and one of the first black character treated in a serious way in Comic books, he was always considered as an intelligent and loyal ally. With original special effects for that time, the film deserves reverence to the great performance of Warren Hull, that gave life to one of the biggest icons of the Comic books of all times.


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