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Sea Raiders (1941)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 14 October 1941 (USA)
The Dead End Kids go after a gang known as the Sea Raiders, which is sinking Allied shipping.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Halop ...
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Toby Nelson
Gabriel Dell ...
Bilge
Bernard Punsly ...
Butch
Hal E. Chester ...
Swab (as Hally Chester)
Joe Recht ...
Lug
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Brack Warren
John McGuire ...
Tom Adams
Mary Field ...
Aggie Nelson
Edward Keane ...
Elliott Carlton [Chs. 1-7]
Marcia Ralston ...
Leah Carlton
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Carl Tonjes
Stanley Blystone ...
Capt. Olaf Nelson
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Jenkins
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Zeke - Skipper of the 'Mary Lou'
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The Sea Raiders, a band of foreign agents, led by Carl Tonjes and Elliott Carlton, blow up a freighter on which Billy Adams and Toby Nelson are stowaways, seeking to avoid Brack Warren, a harbor patrol officer assigned to guard a new type of torpedo boat built by Billy's brother, Tom Adams. Intended targets or not, getting blown up does not set well with Billy and Toby and, together with their gang coupled with the members of the Little Tough Guys, they find the Sea Raiders' island hideout, investigate the seacoast underground arsenal of these saboteurs, get blasted from the air, dragged to their doom, become victims of the storm, entombed in a tunnel and even periled by a panther before they don the uniforms of some captured Sea Raiders and board a yacht that serves as headquarters for the Raiders. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SPIES! SABOTAGE! and a CARGO of DEATH! - (original posters) See more »

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Action | Adventure | Crime | War

Certificate:

Approved
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14 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los despojadores del mar  »

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Raiders Strikes (PCA #6781)


  • 2. Flaming Torture (PCA #6782)


  • 3. The Tragic Crash (PCA #6783)


  • 4. The Raiders Strikes Again (PCA #6784)


  • 5. Flames of Fury (PCA #6785)


  • 6. Blasted From the Air(PCA #6786)


  • 7. Victims of the Storm(PCA #6787)


  • 8. Dragged To Their Doom(PCA #6788)


  • 9. Battling the Sea Beast(PCA #6789)


  • 10.Periled By a Panther(PCA #6790)


  • 11.Entombed in the Tunnel(PCA #6791)


  • 12. Paying the Penalty(PCA #6791)


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Each shot of the "Pelican" shows the same cloud formation. See more »

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Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys go to sea.

Universal's 52nd sound-era serial (and the second of three with the Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys billed above the title) with its biggest drawback being that the "adult" hero is played by William Hall, a Universal contractee that the studio had long ago given up on as a lead player. (See 1938's "The Spy Ring" for reasons why. The film, not the site listing.)

This one kicks right of when the Sea Raiders, a band of foreign agents, led by Carl Tonjes (Reed Hadley) and Elliott Carlton (Edward Keane), blow up a freighter on which Billy Adams (Billy Halop) and Toby Nelson (Huntz Hall) are stowaways, seeking to avoid Brack Warren (William Hall), a harbor patrol officer assigned to guard a new type of torpedo boat built by Billy's brother, Tom Adams (John McGuire.) Intended targets or not, getting blown up does not set well with Billy and Toby and, together with their gang coupled with the who-dat members of the Little Tough Guys, they find the Sea Raiders' island hideout, investigate the seacoast underground arsenal of these saboteurs, get blasted from the air, dragged to their doom, become victims of the storm, entombed in a tunnel and even periled by a panther (in various chapters titled as such) before they don the uniforms of some captured Sea Raiders and board a yacht that serves as headquarters for the Raiders. Edward Keane was the most-at-home-on-a-yacht player in Hollywood's history.

Reed Hadley should have played Brack Warren and Hall one of the Henchies. Otherwise it is what it is and serves the purpose for which it was intended, and the producers and the intended audience thought it served that purpose very well (and it did), and neither gave a thought to what critics in the next century might think about it.


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