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Release Date:
6 February 1947 (USA) See more »
ROCKETING FROM THE AIR WAVES TO THE SERIAL SCREEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »
Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy, battles the evil Dr. Grood, who has placed a death ray aboard his spaceship orbiting Earth. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Hart ... Jack Armstrong

Rosemary La Planche ... Betty Fairfield
Claire James ... Princess Alura [Chs. 3-6, 9-11, 15]
Joe Brown Jr. ... Billy Fairfield (as Joe Brown)

Pierre Watkin ... Uncle Jim Fairfield

Wheeler Oakman ... Prof. Hobart Zorn

Jack Ingram ... Henchman Blair

Eddie Parker ... Henchman Slade
Hugh Prosser ... Vic Hardy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Barron ... Dr. Albuor (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Marlin (uncredited)

Lane Bradford ... Lesseps (uncredited)
Tiny Brauer ... Burr (uncredited)
Jack Buchanon ... Blackburn (uncredited)

Carmen D'Antonio ... The Tiger Woman (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Lobard (uncredited)

Terry Frost ... Jackman (uncredited)
Gary Garrett ... Haines (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Selford (uncredited)

Jack Kenney ... Pop (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Merlo ... Naga (uncredited)

John Merton ... Gregory Pierce (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Jason Grood (uncredited)

Zon Murray ... Wechsler (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Blake (uncredited)
Rito Punay ... Songuri (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Tabori (uncredited)
Russ Vincent ... Umala (uncredited)

Directed by
Wallace Fox 
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (story treatment)

Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) &
Lewis Clay (screenplay) &
Royal K. Cole (screenplay) (as Royal Cole) &
Leslie Swabacker (screenplay)

Produced by
Melville De Lay .... associate producer (as Mel DeLay)
Sam Katzman .... producer
Original Music by
Lee Zahler 
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan (director of photography) (as Ira Morgan)
Film Editing by
Earl Turner 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy" - USA (DVD box title)
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279 min (15 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #12031-45) (Chapter 1-15)

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Chapter Titles: 1. Mystery of the Cosmic Ray 2. The Far World 3. Island of Deception 4. Into the Chasm 5. The Space Ship 6. Tunnels of Treachery 7. Cavern of Chance 8. The Secret Room 9. Human Targets 10. Battle of the Warriors 11. Cosmic Anihilator 12. The Grotto of Greed 13. Wheels of Fate 14. Journey Into Space 15. RetributionSee more »
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Referenced in MASH (1970)See more »


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Jack Armstrong serial lackluster reminder of original, 18 March 2017
Author: Mike Newton ( from Hamilton OHIO

When Columbia's schlockmeister producer Sam Katzman brought the radio character of Jack Armstrong to the screen in 1947. the radio serial had been on the air for 14 years. In the late Forties, it had to share airtime with Sky King in a complete half hour version three times a week. Gone were the cliffhanging episodes which kept the kiddies on the end of their seats until the next day's resolution. Katzman's serials were based on radio and comic book characters whose name appeal would hopefully bring in the Saturday afternoon juvenile audience. Commercial tie-ins through publicity both in newspapers and in comic books told the kids that their favorite comic book/radio heroes were now on the screen. While Charles Flynn played a teenage Jack Armstrong on radio, the listening audience did not realize that he was a young man who just finished military service. John Hart however played a mature leading man who hadnt seen the inside of Hudson High School (Jack Armstrong's alma mater) for years. Rosemary LaPlanche's fame as Miss America of 1941 got her the job of the role of Betty Fairfield, played as a young girl on radio, but on the screen could have been the love interest for John Hart. In this reviewer's opinion, Ms. LaPlanche resembled Republic western actress Helen Talbot facially and in her acting style. She would later appear in Republic's Federal Agents vs. the Underworld Inc. Joe Brown Jr. played her brother Billy, whose radio character was famous for starting his sentences with such phrases "Gee Willikers." Charles Middleton, known as Ming the Merciless, turns in a credible performance as the evil Dr Grood. Jack Armstrong was the first of three Columbia serials produced in 1947 with the other two being the Vigilante, taken from the comic books, and the Sea Hound featuring Buster Crabbe as Captain Silver, another radio adventure serial. Booked in second run theaters, they enjoyed a brief run before being deposited back in Columbia's vaults.

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