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Spy Smasher (1942)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure  -  4 April 1942 (USA)
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Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Kane Richmond ...
Alan Armstrong / Spy Smasher / Jack Armstrong
Marguerite Chapman ...
Eve Corby
Sam Flint ...
Adm. Corby
Hans Schumm ...
The Mask
Tristram Coffin ...
Drake
Franco Corsaro ...
Capt. Pierre Durand [Chs. 1-4]
Hans von Morhart ...
Capt. Gerhardt [Chs. 1, 8, 12] (as Hans Von Morhart)
Georges Renavent ...
Gov. LeComte [Ch. 3]
Rudolph Anders ...
Dungeon Col. Von Kohr [Ch. 1] (as Robert O. Davis)
Henry Zynda ...
Ritter Lazar [Ch. 1]
Paul Bryar ...
Lawlor
Tom London ...
Crane
Richard Bond ...
Henchman Hayes
Crane Whitley ...
Hauser
John James ...
Henchman Steve
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Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

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Suggested by the character SPY SMASHER, appearing in WHIZ COMICS magazine, copyright by Fawcett Publications, Inc---1940-1941-1942 (all original posters) See more »

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

4 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spysmasher  »

Box Office

Budget:

$156,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriters at the Republic Studios gave the Spy Smasher character a twin brother, a character which did not appear in the original comic strips. See more »

Quotes

[while on patrol, Jack and Spy Smasher spot a suspicious boat]
Jack Armstrong: That's the third buoy they've picked up.
Spy Smasher: It's high time we got better acquainted!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are depicted as ...-, Morse code for V (victory), and the searchlights form a "V". See more »


Soundtracks

Main Title
based on Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Opus 67)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A Grade-A serial
25 May 1999 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

10-year-old boys must have really gobbled this up when it was a brand-new serial back in 1942. Even now it has the power to involve and entertain with its narrative flow, frequent spurts of action, and that pounding musical introduction from Beethoven's Fifth. Best of all it has Kane Richmond, (born in Minneapolis in 1906), who has all the looks and manner you want in a serial hero. He also has amazingly tough skin. In Chapter One he's captured by the Nazis, bound against the wall of a Gestapo dungeon, and given a vigorous whipping across his bare chest -- but hardly seems to suffer so much as a paper-cut! Actually, this is one of those floggings where the whip is never shown touching its victim. Instead, the impression of a flogging is given by means of editing together various visual elements. In any case, this scene ranks 18th in the book, "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies."


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