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Spy Smasher (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 4 April 1942 (USA)
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

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Adm. Corby
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The Mask
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Drake
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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]
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Lawlor
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Crane
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Henchman Hayes
Crane Whitley ...
Hauser
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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

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

4 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spysmasher  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$156,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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

[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 »

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
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terrible but fun,...
1 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie earns its 3 for lousy writing, poor technical merit and continuity problems. Some people have given this movie a 10--and perhaps that is okay if you are simply scoring it for its fun factor. However, technically this is an inept movie serial from start to finish--produced by 3rd-rate writers, actors and crew. That really was true of nearly all the serials because they were meant as low-brow entertainment particularly aimed at the kids. And there's nothing wrong with that, but "high art" it ain't!! Spy Smasher earns a lower than average score compared to other serials because it is of even lower quality and has MAJOR continuity problems--even for a serial. It was common for a serial to have a "cliff hanger"--i.e., a moment at the end of the episode that looked as if the good guy dies but miraculously survives when the next episode began. BUT, in this film, it's much hokier and ridiculous. You would literally SEE the hero die in the last episode, but in the next, they re-shot the scene and showed he actually DIDN'T die (even though they clearly showed him buy the farm in the last one)! Again and again in SPY SMASHER he seems to die but in the next episode they show it from a different angle and he somehow avoided death--even if he fell 1500 feet into a river, fell into a buzz saw or whatever.

Watch this movie not for its quality but either for a good laugh or to learn what it was like to go to the movies on Saturday mornings decades ago.

By the way, a heavily edited version of this film was released in 1966 as a full-length film. Almost 2/3 of the original film was tossed but the new product did make more sense and lacked the impossible escapes that made the original laughable at times. Well worth seeing if you don't want to devote 3 1/2 hours to seeing the entire serial.


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