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The Crimson Ghost (1946)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  26 October 1946 (USA)
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A criminal mastermind known as The Crimson Ghost is out to steal a device called the Cyclotrode, which can short-circuit all electrical current on the planet.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Quigley ...
Linda Stirling ...
Diana Farnsworth
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Louis Ashe
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Dr. Blackton [Ch. 11]
Kenne Duncan ...
Dr. Chambers [Chs. 1-2, 8]
Forrest Taylor ...
Prof. Van Wyck
Emmett Vogan ...
Anderson [Chs. 1-4]
Sam Flint ...
Maxwell
Joseph Forte ...
Prof. Parker (as Joe Forte)
Stanley Price ...
Count Fator [Chs. 11-12]
Wheaton Chambers ...
Wilson [Ch. 1]
Tom Steele ...
Henchman Stricker [Chs. 4, 7, 9]
Dale Van Sickel ...
Henchman Harte [Chs. 6-7]
Rex Lease ...
Bain
Fred Graham ...
Snyder [Chs. 1-2] / Zane [Ch. 8]
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Storyline

The Crimson Ghost---attired in black hood and cloak, skull mask and surgical gloves---skulks to an abandoned mansion and informs his henchmen, Louis Ashe (Clayton Moore) and Bain (Rex Lease),of his plans to seize the Cyclotrode, a device invented by Dr. Chambers (Kenne Duncan), that is designed to detect-and-repeal atomic bomb attacks. The Crimson Ghost intends to use the Cyclotrode as an offensive weapon for sabotage and extortion via its ability to stop any electrically-controlled mechanism. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AN AMAZING ANSWER TO THE ATOMIC BOMB! (original print ad -all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

26 October 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cyclotrode X  »

Box Office

Budget:

$137,912 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (colorized)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bud Geary wore the robes of the Crimson Ghost, but the voice that came out of the stationary skeletal mouth was that of I. Stanford Jolley, who was billed fourth in the cast. Another actor dubbed Jolley's character's response on the radio. Finally, a fourth actor played the Crimson Ghost's alter ego. See more »

Goofs

An important plot point is Duncan's trailing the crooks to their underground hideout using a concealed TV camera in a getaway car. But Duncan has already been to the hideout in a previous chapter when the kidnapped inventor is accidentally killed while saving Duncan from a death ray. This renders the rigged escape and trailing bit meaningless. See more »

Quotes

The Crimson Ghost: We've been tricked by cleverness!
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Good action and an iconic villain help this over come the camp to be an enjoyable romp
3 July 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Source of the Skull face that was stolen by Glenn Danzig for one of his band The Misfits album covers and t-shirts. The serial itself is so over the top in images and ideas that its become the source of a minor cult and is one of the few non-Flash Gordon serials that my non-serial fan friends know about.

The plot has a scientist creating a machine called a "cyclotrode" which will stop atomic missiles from working. It will also stop other things which is why a skull clad villain known as the Crimson Ghost wants it.

This action filled serial is a great deal of fun thanks to one of the silliest looking villains in movie history. Taking the idea of a masked bad guy and placing it into the realm of camp you can't help but watch the craziness that ensues. The mask looks great but you can't believe anyone would actually listen to a guy in a mask like that. Helping things along is dialog that is unintentionally silly thanks to the passage of time(The heroine is given a diaphragm from which her orders will come). It plays like the old Batman TV show but with better action and with out the knowing wink to the audience. Frankly if it wasn't so unintentionally silly you would never have heard of this serial or seen its iconic villain, even if it was pretty good on its own terms.

Definitely worth a look, after all it isn't often you get to see Clayton "the Lone Ranger" Moore as a bad guy.


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