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The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)

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Just before World War II, the Chinese and American governments mount a joint operation to prevent the Germans and Japanese from taking over the strategic island of Mandon.


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Complete credited cast:
Fraulein Von Teufel
Edgar Barrier ...
Gen. Kai Ling
Cyril Delevanti ...
Mah Ling / Han Po
Philip Ahn ...
Wu Tan
Nigel De Brulier ...
David Hoffman ...
John (Johann) O. Blenker [Chs. 9-11]
Rico De Montez ...
Jay Novello ...
Kushimi [Chs. 1-3, 12-13]


Just before World War II, the Chinese and American governments mount a joint operation to prevent the Germans and Japanese from taking over the strategic island of Mandon.

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Release Date:

5 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Mistérios do Himalaia  »

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(13 episodes)

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Thompson is an obvious onscreen replacement for Downwind Jaxon, a character in the SMILIN' JACK comic strip who was always facing downwind - that is, away from the reader - because he was supposed to be so handsome that the women he met were always attracted to him. See more »


Though Mandon is supposedly located on the border between China and India, the walls of the high priest's temple are decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphics. (Universal recycled the set from the 1940 film "The Mummy's Hand.") See more »

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He didn't do much smiling.
22 August 2003 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Set just before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jack Martin helps the Chinese obtain the Mandon Secret, a secret route from China to India, lying in an isolated Chinese sector, which would aid the Chinese in the war effort or cause disaster if fallen into the hands of the Black Samurai, a Japanese espionage organization in partnership with the Nazis, and its leader the elusive Fraulein Von Teufel, who assumes the guise of Trudy, a press correspondent and friend of Jack. For thirteen chapters, Jack goes in and out of danger in order to assist the allied war effort. The serial's main drawback is that it didn't follow the comic strip (with a Jack Holt looking Jack, a Peter Lorre-ish villain called The Head, and aerial escapades) and its characters, which suggests that the character was tied in to the serial, just so it could be used. Its a good serial, but could have been better. A decent cast this serial has was capable of better, but at the same time kept my interest. Rating, based on serials, 6.

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