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The Purple Monster Strikes (1945)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  3 August 1945 (USA)
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A Martian spacecraft crash-lands near the observatory of Cyrus Layton, designer of Earth's first spaceship. The survivor, forerunner of an invasion, can assume the form of any earthman. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Moore ...
Linda Stirling ...
Roy Barcroft ...
James Craven ...
Dr. Cyrus Layton
Bud Geary ...
Hodge Garrett
Mary Moore ...
Marcia [Chs. 11-13]
John Davidson ...
Emperor of Mars [Chs. 2, 10-11]
Joe Whitehead ...
Carl Stewart
Emmett Vogan ...
Saunders [Chs. 3-4]
George M. Carleton ...
Dr. Paul Meredith [Ch. 9] (as George Carleton)
Kenne Duncan ...
Charles Mitchell [Chs. 1-2, 10]
Rosemonde James ...
Helen / Maria posing as Helen [Chs. 11-12]
...
Dr. Harvey [Chs. 13-14]
Wheaton Chambers ...
Prof. Benjamin [Ch. 11]
Fred Howard ...
Prof. Crandall (as Frederick Howard)
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A Martian spacecraft crash-lands near the observatory of Cyrus Layton, designer of Earth's first spaceship. The survivor, forerunner of an invasion, can assume the form of any earthman. Calling himself the "purple monster," the humanoid invader sets about gaining control of Layton's rocket project. Opposing him is Craig Foster, former Secret Service man, who episode by episode tries to thwart the monster's attempts to acquire rocket components. Will Craig ever suspect that his closest associate is really the monster? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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BREAT-TAKING GLIMPSE INTO A WAR OF THE FUTURE! See how America meets menace from Mars! See more »

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3 August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D-Day on Mars  »

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(15 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Man in the Meteor


  • 2. The Time Trap


  • 3.Flaming Avalanche


  • 4.The Lethal Pit


  • 5. Death on the Beam


  • 6. The Demon Killer


  • 7. The Evil Eye


  • 8. Descending Doom


  • 9. The Living Dead


  • 10.House of Horror


  • 11.Menace From Mars


  • 12.Perilous Plunge


  • 13.Fiery Shroud


  • 14.The Fatal Trail


  • 15.Take-Off To Destruction


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Quotes

Dr. Cyrus Layton: I'm highly flattered, sir. I was afraid that my humble efforts might seem childish to a scientist from Mars.
Purple Monster: On the contrary, this is just what I need. Your launching rocket is far superior to ours, and the anti-gravity device, which assures a safe landing, is superb. Are there other copies of the plans?
Dr. Cyrus Layton: No, this is the only copy. My project is backed by the Scientific Research Foundation. We've tried to keep it more or less a secret until we're ready to let the public know.
Purple Monster: That is a very wise...
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Referenced in Spy Smasher vs. The Purple Monster (1964) See more »

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Great fun for an eight year old.
25 August 2003 | by (Phoenix) – See all my reviews

I saw this serial in 1945 at the Fox Egyptian Theater in San Diego. The scene of the Purple Monster taking off in his rocket ship in the last chapter was forever engraved into my mind. It was great fun a few years ago to see the serial again. I was amazed at how many people who were killed appeared again and again, plus that ford convertible that was crashed a few times had 9 lives.

I have seen a color poster of the Purple Monster, and the alien is dressed in a red costume with gold trim. In the black and white movie of course he is black and silver; perhaps they should have called him the Art Deco Monster.


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