MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,086 this week

Spy Smasher (1942)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure  -  4 April 1942 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 165 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 4 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
S
a list of 2406 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 07 Feb 2013
 
a list of 128 titles
created 27 Aug 2013
 
a list of 267 titles
created 21 Oct 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Spy Smasher" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Spy Smasher (1942)

Spy Smasher (1942) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Spy Smasher.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A criminal mastermind known as The Crimson Ghost is out to steal a device called the Cyclotrode, which can short-circuit all electrical current on the planet.

Directors: Fred C. Brannon, William Witney
Stars: Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling, Clayton Moore
Superman (1948)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

It's intrepid Nyoka and her friends versus Vultura, Queen of the Desert, on a quest for the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates.

Director: William Witney
Stars: Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore, William 'Billy' Benedict
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has ... See full summary »

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet
Batman (1943)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The female leader of an international crime ring steals a valuable artifact that can give her the power to control men's minds. Federal agents are dispatched to get it back and stop her evil plans.

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: Kirk Alyn, Rosemary La Planche, Roy Barcroft
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The invaders come to Earth to create an H-bomb to blast Earth out of orbit so that Mars can take its place.

Director: Fred C. Brannon
Stars: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Wilson Wood
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Daily Clarion hires detective story writer Steve Colt to investigate the deaths of a group of scientists working on an atomic rocket development project. Behind the killings is fortune ... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred C. Brannon
Stars: Bruce Edwards, Virginia Lee, Carol Forman
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Columbia Pictures 18th serial (between "Captain Midnight" and "The Secret Code"). The trading post of Sitkawan, Canada is stunned one morning to learn that the previously peaceful Indians ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Robert Kellard, Nell O'Day, Kenneth MacDonald
Congo Bill (1948)
Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A girl is about to inherit a fortune, but she is missing in Africa. Only then, family charges Congo Bill, an adventurer, to find her, and bring her back to civilization. He follows a legend about some White Queen, but his path is full of difficulties, by an inhospitable jungle, and the man who will lose the fortune if the girl is found alive.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Stars: Don McGuire, Cleo Moore, Jack Ingram
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Surviving members of an aristocratic Welsh family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard
Adventure | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A mad scientist plots the domination of America and only the masked hero, The Copperhead, can stop him.

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Eduardo Ciannelli, Robert Wilcox, William Newell
Edit

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
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spysmasher  »

Box Office

Budget:

$156,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Opening and closing theme music: "Beethoven's Fifth" 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!
See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
V for VICTORY!
2 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The score for Spy Smasher, a variation on Beethoven's fifth symphony, is a fabulous reminder of the era in which this classic serial was made.

While Spy Smasher is certainly one of the top 5 adventure serials ever made at Republic, it also is a rousing WW2 propaganda film. Check out the title sequence -- three dots and a dash appear on the screen, coinciding with the first four notes of Beethoven's fifth. Three dots and a dash are Morse code for the letter "V," made famous by Churchill's hand sign as a determination to defeat the Nazis and their cronies. Twin searchlights in the title sequence freeze into another V. The coded messages abound in Spy Smasher--even on Spy Smasher's belt buckle.

The action here is top notch, the cast capable, the stunt work great (as always at Republic) and the special effects likewise. If you like Republic serials (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Adventures of Captain Marvel, etc.) you MUST take a look at this one. It is one of the very best. Kane Richmond later went on to play the Shadow in a couple of films, one of which featured a killer who pulled his victims to their deaths off of balconies using a bullwhip, a stunt which was first seen in Spy Smasher. One thing I love about this chapterplay is the acknowledgment that we would not win the war without suffering losses. Great pacing, great action, great serial!


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Serial showing jamerson5
Great Stunts donovanarchmontierth
Discuss Spy Smasher (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?