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The Masked Marvel (1943)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mura Sakima
Rod Bacon ...
Richard Clarke ...
Bill Healy ...
Warren Hamilton (as Howard Hickman)
Plant Guard [Ch. 1] / Police Car 7 Driver [Ch. 3]
Thomas Louden ...
Duke Green ...
Karl - Delivery-Truck Thug [Ch. 1] / Spike - Gas works saboteur [Ch. 1] / Kaler - Roof-top thug [Ch. 8]
Wendell Niles ...
Newscaster [Ch. 1]


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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Release Date:

6 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sakima and the Masked Marvel  »

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally a title card showing Tom Steele in costume proclaiming that "The Masked Marvel" was the star of the serial was planned for the beginning of each chapter. When that was eliminated, William Forrest became the official star. See more »


Near the end of the first chapter, the Masked Marvel falls off a large fuel storage tank onto a canvas-top truck parked on the ground below. The stunt is "performed" by a dummy, whose hand catches on a bracing girder along the side of the tank, ripping its entire arm out of its coat sleeve. See more »


Edited into Sakima and the Masked Marvel (1966) See more »

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I'm back again with something to observe......
17 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Previously, I noticed that many times they changed the ending and not too cleverly. In chapter 8 when the Marvel took the dive off the roof the action the next week was different and obviously sneaky, not a true cliffhanger! Oh yes, the agent who knifed the thug in bed after he identifies the Marvel was the Marvel technically. Tom Steele played the assassin and of course was killed again in the car crash. He is as you know the man behind the mask in all the action scenes. If you watch closely you can identify his stance, body language and physical running attitude. He was never mentioned in the credits at all. Most curious.

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