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Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 17 March 1945 (USA)
A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation ... See full summary »

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(as Spencer Bennet), | 1 more credit »

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(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Capt. Mephisto
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Sidney Brand
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William Forrest
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Harry Hargraves
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Edward Armstrong [Chs. 1-11]
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Fred Braley
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Paul Melton [Chs. 1-6, 10] (as Edward Cassidy)
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John Raymond
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Police Insp. Reed [Chs. 1, 8]
Russ Vincent ...
Ruga
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Barker / Ritter / Lewis / Frazier / Sardon [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7-10]
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Lyons - Thug / Bailey [Chs. 3-4, 10, 13]
Duke Green ...
Spencer Harvey [Ch. 1] / Thug Clark in Wine Cellar [Ch. 5]
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A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation Machine to travel forward in time and disguise himself as one of the four owners of Mystery Island. Written by Anonymous

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Sinister Secrets LURKING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE JUNGLE...THREATENING THE LIVES OF FEARLESS MEN WHO DARE CHALLENGE THE UNKNOWN!

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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17 March 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine  »

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(15 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Roy Barcroft regarded "Captain Mephisto" in this non-western serial as his favorite role. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Mephisto: You wouldn't dare trick me?
Prof. William Forrest: Trick you? I'd kill you if I thought I could escape afterwards! As it is, I'm obeying orders.
Capt. Mephisto: Don't tax my patience too far!
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Featured in Firesign Theatre Presents 'Hot Shorts' (1983) See more »

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Rip-Snorting action from the serial champs.
8 June 1999 | by (Blacksburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Top of the line serial from Republic. Great cliffhanger endings, flagging only slightly in later chapters. Bailey is an effective (if slightly dorky looking) hero, Linda Stirling is lovely and gets involved in the action (although she does get knocked cold every other chapter), and Duncan is an effective henchman. Roy Barcroft, as Captain Mephisto, steals the show. Barcroft considered this role his best and personal favorite, and it's easy to see why: he obviously relishes his villainy, looks great in the costume, and throws himself into the fights. All around classic from the Republic thrill factory.


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