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The Iron Claw (1941)

Approved | | Crime | 15 August 1941 (USA)
Miserly old Anton Benson once recovered a treasure in gold from a sunken Spanish galleon, and in his greed murdered anyone who got in his way of keeping it. Now his family is gathered at ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Anton Benson
Jack 'Flash' Strong
Roy Benson
James Benson
James Metcalfe ...
Culver Benson
Allen Doone ...
Simon Leach
Edythe Elliott ...
Milly Leach
John Beck ...
Silk Langdon
James C. Morton ...


Miserly old Anton Benson once recovered a treasure in gold from a sunken Spanish galleon, and in his greed murdered anyone who got in his way of keeping it. Now his family is gathered at his estate, Bensonhurst, and they are all searching for the treasure, which is hidden somewhere on the estate. Also looking for the gold is a masked killer called The Iron Claw, who murders one member of the family and lets the others know that they'll be next. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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15 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Garra de Ferro  »

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Chapter Titles: 1. The Shaft of Doom 2. The Murderous Mirror 3. The Drop To Destiny 4. The Fatal Fuse 5. The Firey Fall 6. The Ship Log Talks 7. The Mystic Map 8. The Perilous Pit 9. The Cul-de-sac 10.The Curse of the Cave 11.The Doctor's Bargain 12.Valors of Evil 13.The Secret Door 14.The Evil Eye 15.The Claw's Collapse See more »

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Brother Against Brother.....
26 September 2004 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

There are mighty strange goings on at Bensonhurst, secluded residence of Anton Benson a miserly recluse and his family including recently released convict Roy, daughter Millie, her husband Simon Leach, Dr. Roy Benson, and conniving brother Culver. All members of the family are searching for a stockpile of gold that Anton had recovered from a sunken Spanish ship, but murdered his way to get for himself. Also searching is the Iron Claw, a masked criminal who is one of the members of the Benson household. The Claw murders Culver and warns the rest of the members of the house that they may be next. Patricia, Anton's niece, works with reporter Bob Lane and photographer Jack Strong to uncover who the Claw is while trying to keep an eye on everyone in the house, as well as gangster Silk Langdon (working with Roy to get the gold) and butler Gyves, who is working hand in hand with Anton in order to grab all the gold for themselves. Its a fun serial, I'll grant that, but it could have been better. Quigley is very good as the hero (Lane) and Sande does pretty well as the semi-comic relief. Bryant seems just to scream a lot throughout the serial. I enjoy Charlie King in just about anything he did, so I won't complain about him as Langdon, and Willis is ever so shifty as Roy. Taylor is way over the top as Anton (James Craven must not have been available) and the other actors I could take or leave. Morton as Casey was a terrible character, but typical of a James Horne production. His direction is better than most of the Columbia serials he directed (also benefited by a good script with good touches of humor) on his own. The Iron Claw's identity isn't too hard to figure out, but he's a good character- always silent, he uses a lot of melodramatic, silent film era-esque motions. The serial does get repetitive after awhile going through one secret passage after another. Rating, based on serials, 7.

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