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Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 17 March 1945 (USA)

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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 ... 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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Richard Bailey ...
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Capt. Mephisto
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Sidney Brand
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William Forrest
Forbes Murray ...
Harry Hargraves
Jack Ingram ...
Edward Armstrong [Chs. 1-11]
Harry Strang ...
Fred Braley
Ed Cassidy ...
Paul Melton [Chs. 1-6, 10] (as Edward Cassidy)
Frank Alten ...
John Raymond
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Police Insp. Reed [Chs. 1, 8]
Russ Vincent ...
Ruga
Dale Van Sickel ...
Barker / Ritter / Lewis / Frazier / Sardon [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7-10]
Tom Steele ...
Thug Lyons and 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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17 March 1945 (USA)  »

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Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine  »

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(15 episodes)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Edited into Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (1966) See more »

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One of the greatest
9 January 2001 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

A scientist working on a remote control invention is kidnapped and brought to an island, by a mysterious Captain Mephisto, who used to be governor of the island in days when it was a penal colony. In reality, Mephisto is one of the four ruling members of the island who uses a transformation chair which changes the enigmatic member into the evil pirate. Investigator Lance Reardon, who along with the scientist's daughter Claire Forrest, searches out the captive scientist in this thrilling chapterplay. In 1945, serials were on the way out, but this easily ranks up with any from the golden age of the genre. Co-director Yakima Canutt adds plenty of action and the far fetched plot surprisingly becomes incredibly intriguing. 15 episodes. In terms of serials, 10 out of 10.


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