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The edited feature film version (which I bought as part of a 50 movie
box set entitled Nightmare Worlds) has the original 265 minute running
time edited down to a mere 78 minutes and is, by any standards,
Characters appear and disappear, do things for inexplicable motives, keep arriving at the same place without ever having left it and generally rush about in a mess of continuity errors - for instance, Lugosi's character is driven around for a great chunk of the middle of the movie in a car we saw crash and burn in the first reel! Over 12 weeks I don't suppose the target audience of kids would have noticed things like that but jam it all together into a couple of minutes and it starts looking messy and careless.
The serial looks like it may have been a fun piece of Science Fictiony melodrama but the movie version? Forget it. To be avoided.
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