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Release Date:
30 June 1942 (USA) See more »
America's youthful heroes...Smashing the Axis spies of the NEW amazing adventures..!
A group of street kids battle a terrorist gang led by a Japanese spy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Billy Halop ... Billy 'Ace' Holden
Gene Reynolds ... Eddie Holden

Lionel Atwill ... The Baron

Frank Albertson ... Jerry Markham
Richard Lane ... Agent Don Ames
Huntz Hall ... 'Bolts' Larson
Gabriel Dell ... 'Stick' Munsey
Bernard Punsly ... 'Creaseball' Plunkett

Frankie Darro ... Jack
David Gorcey ... Double Face Gordon
Turhan Bey ... Henchman Araka
John Bleifer ... Henchman Beal
Eddie Foster ... Henchman Comora (as Edward Foster)
John Bagni ... Henchman Augar
Noel Cravat ... Henchman Monk
Paul Phillips ... Agent Dick Parsons
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathryn Adams ... Grace - Bolt's Girl [Chs. 1, 7] (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey [Ch. 11] (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Sergeant [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Chemist [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Col. Mitchell [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
Edward Colebrook ... Vamalka (uncredited)
Angelo Cruz ... Ito [Ch. 3] (uncredited)
Rico De Montez ... Japanese Clerk [Chs. 5, 7-8] (uncredited)
William Desmond ... Parts Customer [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Heenan Elliott ... Construction Site Watchman [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
Bert Foreman ... Scientist [Ch. 4] (uncredited)
Vinton Hayworth ... Flyer [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Kelly ... Soldier [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Soldier-Driver [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
Ken Lundy ... Newsboy [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
Charles Lung ... Gobi (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Roland Morris ... Customer (uncredited)
Bill Moss ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jay Novello ... Dogara, Farm Gate Guard (uncredited)
Jimmy O'Gatty ... Alien Agent (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Train Conductor [Ch. 3] (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Army Lieutenant [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Citizen (uncredited)
Mel Ruick ... Air Race Official [Ch. 1-2] (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Instructor [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Dirk Thane ... Policeman (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Senator [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Eddy Waller ... Jed Holden [Chs. 1, 3, 5-6] (uncredited)

Dan White ... Spectator (uncredited)
Wen Wright ... Soldier [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis D. Collins 
Ray Taylor 
Writing credits
Paul Huston (original screenplay) and
George H. Plympton (original screenplay) and
Griffin Jay (original screenplay)

Brenda Weisberg (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Henry MacRae .... associate producer
Original Music by
Milton Rosen (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William A. Sickner  (as William Sickner)
Film Editing by
Paul Landres 
Louis Sackin 
Alvin Todd 
Edgar Zane 
Art Direction by
Harold H. MacArthur 
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Billy Halop (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double: Turhan Bey (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Saul A. Goodkind .... supervising editor
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milton Rosen .... music adaptor (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jacques Jaccard .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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225 min (12 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #5162) (Chapter 1: Wings Aflame) | USA:Approved (PCA #5162) (Chapter 2: Plunge of Peril) | USA:Approved (PCA #5163) (Chapter 3: Hidden Danger) | USA:Approved (PCA #5164) (Chapter 4: The Tunnel of Terror) | USA:Approved (PCA #5165) (Chapter 5: The Black Dragon Strikes) | USA:Approved (PCA #5166) (Chapter 6: Flaming Havoc) | USA:Approved (PCA #5167) (Chapter 7: The Death Mist) | USA:Approved (PCA #5168) (Chapter 8: Satan Fires the Fuse) | USA:Approved (PCA #5169) (Chapter 9: Satanic Sabotage) | USA:Approved (PCA #5170) (Chapter 10: Trapped in a Blazing Chute) | USA:Approved (PCA #5171) (Chapter 11: Undeclared War) | USA:Approved (PCA #5172) (Chapter 12: Civilian Courage Conquers)

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Chapter Titles: (1) Wings Aflame; (2) The Plunge of Peril; (3) Hidden Danger; (4) The Tunnel of Terror; (5) The Black Dragon Strikes; (6) Flaming Havoc; (7) The Death Mist; (8) Satan Fires the Fuse; (9) Satanic Sabotage; (10) Trapped in Blazing 'Chute; (11) Undeclared War; (12) Civilian Courage Conquers.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Huntz Hall, Bernard Punsly and Gabriel Dell try to hide Noel Cravat in the closet, the closet moves.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Junior G-Men (1940)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lots of action but little suspense., 22 May 2005
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

The Dead End Kids vs Japanese spies, nice concept and it could have been a terrific serial. Universal did deliver some good cliffhangers like BUCK ROGERS and the FLASH GORDON franchise but generally their serials are remembered to-day as mediocre and miles behind Republic. This effort from 1942 only supports that belief.

Billy Halop is pilot-to-be "Ace" Holden and Huntz Hall is his mechanic buddy "Bolts" Larsen. By chance they discover a plot by "alien saboteurs" (as they are called by the narrator) to destroy American oil fields and airports to pave the way for an invasion. The bad guys are led by Egyptian Turhan Bey and British Lionel Atwill playing Japanese spies. The Dead End Kids don't trust the police and think they can handle this group of highly organised saboteurs on their own. If that sounds familiar it is the same plot structure as the earlier serial JUNIOR G MEN. It takes several fistfights, some explosions and a couple of car chases to convince the street kids to join up with the Junior G Men (played by the Little Tough Guys), the police and the Government agents to stop the gang.

There is plenty of action but very little suspense and the cliffhangers in many cases are just plain disappointing. The fight scenes look forced and unconvincing, At the end of chapter 6 the kids are fighting the spies in a burning warehouse. Billy Halop is kidnapped by Turhan Bey but flaming wreckage falls on the car as he tries to get away. Great right? Well in chapter 7 we see the car drive out BEFORE the ceiling collapses and Billy gets away when Turhan crashes into a streetlight. Spies fleeing from a burning garage stop to put their hats on! Want more? How about a dam explosion that looks like just what it is . . . a well built but very obvious miniature. The special effects crew did not even bother to overcrank the camera so the collapse would appear in slow motion! A few chapters like this had me howling for the much better special effects of the Lydecker Brothers over at Republic.

Oh well, we all know serials were not Universal's specialty so things like this are just fun to watch to see the Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys (can you tell them apart?) getting into and out of so many scrapes and actually doing a better job than the cops at rounding up the Bad Guys.

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