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The Masked Marvel (1943)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 November 1943 (USA)
A superhero called The Masked Marvel battles Japanese saboteurs intent on blowing up America.

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Rod Bacon ...
Richard Clarke ...
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'Killer' Mace
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Bill Healy ...
Terry Morton
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Warren Hamilton (as Howard Hickman)
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Plant Guard [Ch. 1] / Police Car 7 Driver [Ch. 3]
Thomas Louden ...
Matthews
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Duke Green ...
Karl - Delivery-Truck Thug [Ch. 1] / Spike - Gas works saboteur [Ch. 1] / Kaler - Roof-top thug [Ch. 8]
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Kline-Tall Gas-Works Saboteur [Ch. 1] / Station-Wagon Thug [Ch. 3] / Super-X Warehouse Thug #1 [Ch. 8]
Wendell Niles ...
Newscaster [Ch. 1]
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Warrwen Hamilton and Martin Crane, chief executives if the World-Wide Insurance Company, enlist the aid of the Masked Marvel to find Mura Sakima, a former Japanese envoy, whom they suspect of being responsible for extensive sabotage of war industries. But CRane is secretly in league with Sakima, and they arrange for Hamilton's murder. The murdered man's daughter, Alice, joins the Masked Marvel and his three aides in a campaign to expose and apprehend Sakima. The Masked Marvel is one of four men - Bob Barton, Frank Jeffers, Terry Morton and Jim Arnold; he hides his identity beneath a black mask and only Alice knows he is one of the four investigators. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHI IS THIS FEARLESS MAN WHO RISKS HIS LIFE AT EVERY TURN TO THWART JAP ATTEMPTS AT SABOTAGE? (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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6 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Sakima and the Masked Marvel  »

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(12 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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One of the four lead heroes are supposed to be the Masked Marvel, but it was actually stuntman Tom Steele who played the character, his voice post-dubbed by announcer Gayne Whitman. See more »

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Downstairs, Martin Crane's elevator has three walls on it. Upstairs, it is a simple platform. We know it's supposed to be the same elevator because his chair is the center of it, but it doesn't match. See more »

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One of the Best
3 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1966 or so during the "camp"craze, the 1943 Columbia serial of "Batman" was released to ride the publicity generated by the Batman-TV program. (As an aside, as a True Believer I quickly tired of that program, haven't watched it since) Republic edited several of its much better made serials into 2 hour or so movies, sold them in syndication. Among the ones I remember were "Fighting Devil Dogs", "The Invisible Monster", "Manhunt of Mystery Island" and of course "The Masked Marvel" My mother joked that the actors hats seemed to be stapled to their heads, I later learned that they wore elastic bands so you couldn't tell it was a stuntman and not an actor, if in a fight scene one of the performers' hat came off he was a stuntman all along. Sort of a screen convention of the time. That said, this is one of the best wartime serials, I occasionally needed an adult to explain some of the wartime reference-the gas rationing stamps that the Marvel uses to track down Mace's car, e.g.

One sad bit of trivia, in Chapter One the actor David Bacon looks at a secret message dated September 13, 1943, he was murdered on September 13, 1943.


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