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Don Winslow of the Navy (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 6 January 1942 (USA)
US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of the islands near Pearl Harbor. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Red Pennington
Spencer Merlin
Wade Boteler ...
Mike Splendor
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Admiral Colby, The CINC-US [Ch. 1]
Claire Dodd ...
Mercedes Colby
Misty Gaye
Kurt Katch ...
The Scorpion
Adm. Warburton [Ch. 1]
Dirk Thane ...
Lt. Cmdr. Grady [Chs. 1, 12]
John Holland ...
Paul Barsac
Arthur Loft ...
Tranker - Submarine Z-37 Captain [Chs. 1-2]
Paul Bryar ...
Kramer - [Chs. 3-4]
Henchman Spike


US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of the islands near Pearl Harbor. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort. He sets out with his trusted assistant and two beautiful women to find the mastermind behind these nefarious activities. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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DEADLY INTRIGUE! SMASHING ACTION! TITANIC THRILLS! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

6 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Marinheiro Invencível  »

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Human Torpedo

  • 2. Flaming Death

  • 3. Weapons at Home

  • 4. Towering Doom

  • 5. Trapped in the Dungeon

  • 6. Menaced by Man-Eaters

  • 7. Bombed By the Enemy

  • 8. Chamber of Doom

  • 9. Wings of Destruction

  • 10.Fighting Fathoms Deep

  • 11.Caught in the Caverns

  • 12.The Scorpion Strangled

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Solid Adventure
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am partway through V.1 of "Don Winslow of the Navy"- so far, so good! At first it was a scare because the title screen and credits were very badly reproduced, with plenty of scratches and not even centered correctly. The actual episodes were considerably better, although I did find them a little dark overall.

It was so refreshing to be back in a period when the US was truly the "good guy", where the president was loved and followed by nearly everyone, when America had a special spirit. The enemy was well-defined, and although it was a horrific war, as all of them are, at least it made sense.

The acting is better than some, with the cast seeming more enthusiastic than certain other serials of the same age. Is it as good as Flash Gordon? Well, no, not so far, but it could get better. As is I have no regrets- it's quite watchable.

The Scorpion is a real propaganda-evil enemy, but he sounds German. Since Winslow operates near Pearl Harbor, I'd expect a Japanese enemy to be more appropriate. Maybe he is both! The cliff-hanging parts could be done better, but I guess all the serials followed the same model. The fights also weren't as realistic as they could be, but this was to lure kids back to the theater the next week, not get Academy Awards. I did wonder why so many young, healthy actors were not drafted themselves! You can't really go wrong with Don Winslow of the Navy, especially if you shop a little since it is about as inexpensive as you can get.

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