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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 »


(as Spencer Bennet),


(original screenplay) (as Royal Cole), (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Craven ...
Dr. Cyrus Layton
Hodge Garrett
Mary Moore ...
Marcia [Chs. 11-13]
Emperor of Mars [Chs. 2, 10-11]
Joe Whitehead ...
Carl Stewart
Emmett Vogan ...
Saunders [Chs. 3-4]
Dr. Paul Meredith [Ch. 9] (as George Carleton)
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)


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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Release Date:

3 August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D-Day on Mars  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


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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Edited into D-Day on Mars (1966) See more »

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It scared me as an 8 year old.
3 October 2000 | by (Springfield, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I first saw the entire fifteen chapters at the Fairbanks theater in Springfield,OH when I was 8 yrs. old. It scared the hell out of me. I saw it again at age 62, and couldn't believe that Dennis Moore beat up the same 4 guys in every episode. Nonetheless, it's a cool piece of cinema, and Roy Barcroft was the best bad guy there ever was.

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