Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the... See full summary »
Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the same reactions that served him well in Laurel and Hardy films would work well in action serials where he has all hands, heroes and villains alike, doing some kind of over-the top "take", no matter the situation. This loose adaptation of an Edgar Wallace story finds Michael Bellamy (Kenne Duncan in his Kenneth Duncan period) inheriting Garr Castle, but his brother, Abel Bellamy (James Craven, as usual making Oil-Can Harry look smooth), has him imprisoned unjustly and moves into the castle himself. When Michael's wife, Elaine Bellamy (Dorothy Fay), fails to return after visiting Abel, her sister Valerie Howett (Iris Meredith), accompanied by their father, Parker Howett (Forrest Taylor) and private detective Spike Holland (Victor Jory, who even when playing the lead hero gets a villain's name), rent ... Written by
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I remember with relish a Saturday afternoon at the 'flicks' - quite often the projection of a film would be delayed and the expression ' put a penny in it' would echo throughout the cinema - usually named as The Roxy.
Victor Jory was a hero of youthful expression of those years of yore. I recently was able to obtain a full copy of Dick Tracy and the spider ring and the lame one. Tracy was portrayed by Ralph Byrd. In an episode of the serial, the not fully seen 'baddie'strokes a black cat - change that to a white cat and you are years ahead with James Bond.
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