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The Purple Monster Strikes (1945)

Approved  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
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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]
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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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AMERICA MEETS UNKNOWN IN WAR OF WORLDS! Secret agent from Mars in first war move! (original print ad) See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

3 August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D-Day on Mars  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(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


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Quotes

Dr. Cyrus Layton: This is really the greatest day of my life.
Purple Monster: Unfortunately for you, Doctor, it is also the last day of your life.
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Edited into D-Day on Mars (1966) See more »

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mary moore
6 October 2007 | by (Hamilton OHIO) – See all my reviews

A piece of trivia about the Purple Monster Strikes. The alien girl who comes to Earth to assist the Purple Monster (Roy Barcroft) was played by Mary Moore, who had been married to Clayton Moore, who was playing second leads and stunt man roles at Republic. Moore said in his biography that he and Mary were married 8/19/1940 and only stayed together for about a year. Apparently they were too focused on their careers at that time. At the time of separation, Moore said he had possession of the dog he had given to Mary and she wanted it back. When the dog did not respond to her calls, Moore said he paid her $25, which was what the dog cost when he bought it and she left the apartment. In 1945, she must have still been using her married name judging by the credits. In the fight scene she does with Linda Stirling, she was doubled by stuntwoman Polly Burson. A humorous anecdote about the serial was told by the star Roy Barcroft. Barcroft recalled having to "skinny down" his big frame to fit into the Purple Monster costume. At the time, he was living in the Los Angeles suburb of Jackson Heights. He referred to himself as "The Jerk in Tights from Jackson Heights." Regardless, this serial and Manhunt of Mystery Island (where he played the evil Captain Mephisto) are two of his best known and best loved serials for Republic.


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