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 »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spy Smasher Returns (TV Movie 1966)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Edited version of the 1942 Republic serial "Spy Smasher," cut down to one hour and sold for TV release in 1966 in a syndication package with other truncated Republic serials.

Director: William Witney
Stars: Kane Richmond, Marguerite Chapman, Sam Flint
Gunga Din (1939)
Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen
King Kong (1933)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a boy is given the power to become an adult superhero with a single magic word.

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William 'Billy' Benedict
Flash Gordon I (1936)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on a successful comic book that began in 1941, the Blackhawks were seven flyers who banded together during WW II to fight the Nazis. After the war, they continued to fight evil where ... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred F. Sears
Stars: Kirk Alyn, Carol Forman, John Crawford
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

Director: Richard Rush
Stars: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Martian spacecraft crash-lands near the observatory of Cyrus Layton, designer of Earth's first spaceship. The survivor, forerunner of an invasion, can assume the form of any earthman. ... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred C. Brannon
Stars: Dennis Moore, Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft
Spy Smasher (1968)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Yilmaz Atadeniz
Stars: Sevda Ferdag, Irfan Atasoy, Yildirim Gencer
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A sea captain about to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit is rescued from the gallows by two of his crewmen. They head for the island of Pulinan, where they believe the real murderer--... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell
Stars: Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge, Roy Barcroft
Spy Smasher vs. The Purple Monster (TV Mini-Series 1964)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Donald F. Glut, Ken Henricks, Doug Moench
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Hop Harrigan (William Bakewell) and his pal "Tank" Tinker (Sumner Getchell)operate a small airport and flying service, and are hired by J. Westly Arnold (Emmett Vogan) to fly an eccentric ... See full summary »

Director: Derwin Abrahams
Stars: William Bakewell, Jennifer Holt, Robert 'Buzz' Henry
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Alan Armstrong / Spy Smasher / Jack Armstrong
...
Eve Corby
Sam Flint ...
Adm. Corby
Hans Schumm ...
The Mask
...
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 ...
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

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 »

Goofs

Chapter nine: You saw Jack puncture a hole in the "Armored Car". I don't believe it can be done, not with 1940s technology anyway. See more »

Quotes

[Spy Smasher has rescued Jack Armstrong from a Nazi spy]
Jack Armstrong: I'm mighty grateful.
Spy Smasher: That's all right. Jack.
Jack Armstrong: You know who I am?
Spy Smasher: I should. I'm your twin brother.
[Spy Smasher shows Jack his ring, which matches the wing Jack is wearing, and Jack suddenly recognizes Spy Smasher's identity]
Jack Armstrong: Alan! But I thought you were killed in that plane crash in France last year.
Spy Smasher: So did everyone, including the news agency I reported for. That's why I became Spy Smasher, to fight the Nazis on their own ground. Now it's ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Firesign Theatre Presents 'Hot Shorts' (1983) 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

 
Excellent serial displays some of William Witney's and Howard Lydecker's best work

With some of the best fight scenes Hollywood ever produced, a viewer can only marvel at the quality of this excellent serial, called by many the best, or at least one of the best, ever.

With both Dave Sharpe and Yakima Canutt present, although un-billed and credited only here at IMDb and among knowledgeable movie fans, we have to expect the very best in stunt work. And we get it.

To repeat: Some of the best fight scenes ever produced in Hollywood.

From the very beginning, we get a beautifully effective use of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with the "V" motif, "V for Victory," which is perfect for 1942.

It's very important to remember that 1942 context. Modern audiences are probably more used to pyrotechnics and glitz, of which there is none or very little.

But what we get is a great story, with some truth in the basic premise of the bad guys' plot: An intention to ruin the U.S. economy by flooding the country with counterfeit money. (This has a truthful basis: Several times in the last 100 years, warring nations, or cold-warring nations, have attempted to subvert an enemy's economy just that way. For example, the Germans during World War II, and North Korea more recently. They didn't succeed, but at least a couple of U.S. administrations took over and flooded the economy with pretty-nearly worthless Federal Reserve notes in such numbers, prices soared as much as 20 percent!)

We also get some good acting, some great directing, and some very great special effects from Republic's master, Howard Lydecker.

The good acting comes not only from the listed stars and "withs," but from all the stunt-men-bad-guys and from the good guys who might eventually get killed by the nefarious bad guys.

All in all, this is one great, one astonishingly great serial, available for home ownership, for rental from various sources, and for free at YouTube. Try to pick carefully. One uploader says his version is from a not-very-good VHS.

But this is one great adventure, one exciting serial, one thoroughly entertaining, even enthralling, movie experience. From Republic. I like the sound of that word. And I highly recommend "Spy Smasher."


0 of 0 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:
?