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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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Storyline

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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FROM THE PAGES OF AMERICA'S GREATEST COMICS (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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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

Though Republic had the best stunt men in the business on hand, with the likes of Carey Loftin and David Sharpe and even Yakima Canutt, star Kane Richmond, who was quite an athlete, often insisted on doing his own stunts as "Spy Smasher" (this was back in the days when insurance issues were a lot more loose on movie sets). 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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Truly Great Wartime Serial
6 June 2003 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This action-packed serial never fails to amaze me--first-rate work by Kane Richmond in the lead and some of the best-choreographed action scenes to be found in any serial; the stunts are sometimes astonishing. Spy Smasher is as convincingly agile a serial good guy as I've seen; his falls from balconies during fights are truly breathtaking. Sure, none of the bad guys lose their fedoras during the intense fight scenes; but if you can't suspend disbelief during a serial, you shouldn't bother watching them in the first place. Several very clever cliffhangers are impossible to explain until their subsequent resolution in the succeeding chapter. The whole serial is stylish, exciting, fun, and even ends, notably, with the tragic death of a beloved favorite good-guy character. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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