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The Purple Monster Strikes (1945)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi | 3 August 1945 (USA)
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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(as Spencer Bennet),

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(original screenplay) (as Royal Cole), (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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James Craven ...
Dr. Cyrus Layton
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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)
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Charles Mitchell [Chs. 1-2, 10]
Rosemonde James ...
Helen / Maria posing as Helen [Chs. 11-12]
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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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Action | Sci-Fi

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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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1.37 : 1
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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. See more »

Quotes

Purple Monster: I am not mad. The invasion has only been delayed because of our inability to build ships that could safely land and return to Mars. Your plans have supplied that need.
Dr. Cyrus Layton: Then you landed in the wrong country, my friend. Do you think the American people will sit by and do nothing while you build a jet plane for the purpose of bringing in an army of conquest?
Purple Monster: Yes - because they won't know I'm building it. I intend to build it in the personality of Dr. Cyrus Layton. You see, I have the ability to ...
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Referenced in Spy Smasher vs. The Purple Monster (1964) See more »

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Not realistic but fun.
25 April 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love old matinee serials that I watch on Space (Canada's version of the Sci-Fi channel) and this one is fun. True no space alien would ever waste their time being a gangster but it's fun. Oh and by the way if you're expecting to see a man eating monster there is no monster. It's the name of the alien criminal.


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