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The Sea Hound (1947)

Columbia's 34th serial production starring Buster Crabbe, the Serial King himself, who had the lead in five from Universal and two for Columbia, was based on the radio serial,("Captain ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Lloyd ...
Tex
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Ann Whitney
Ralph Hodges ...
Jerry
Spencer Chan ...
'Cookie' Kukai
Robert Barron ...
The Admiral
Hugh Prosser ...
Stanley Rand
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Manila Pete
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Murdock
Milton Kibbee ...
John Whitney
Al Baffert ...
Lon
Stanley Blystone ...
Black Mike (as Stan Blystone)
Bob Duncan ...
Sloan (as Robert Duncan)
Pierce Lyden ...
Vardman
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Singapore Manson
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Columbia's 34th serial production starring Buster Crabbe, the Serial King himself, who had the lead in five from Universal and two for Columbia, was based on the radio serial,("Captain Silver's Log of) The Sea Hound", heard on the Blue Network 1942-44,on Mutual 1946-47 and, briefly on ABC in 1948, and also the comic book (six issues across four years) that had little demand in 1945-49 and not much now among Golden Age collectors, with Crabbe, playing Captain Silver and getting more money for it than producer Sam Katzman paid for the rights to use the character, and some claim the copyright owner may have paid Katzman to use the character. Captain Silver and his friends --- Jerry and seagoing cowboy Tex and a Chinese inventor named Kukai --- are cruising through tropical waters, between California and Catalina, aboard the "Sea Hound" when they pick up an SOS from the yacht "Esmeralda." Silver sails to Typhoon Cove and finds the yacht under attack by "pirates." Aboard the attacked craft... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Death On The Ocean's Floor!

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4 September 1947 (USA)  »

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O Terror dos Mares  »

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Chapter Titles and PCA Numbers:
  • 1. Captain Silver Sails Again (PCA #12451)


  • 2. Spanish Gold (PCA #12452)


  • 3. Mystery of the Map (PCA #12453)


  • 4. Menaced by Ryaks (PCA #12454)


  • 5. Captain Silver's Strategy (PCA #12455)


  • 6. The Sea Hound at Bay (PCA #12456)


  • 7. Bland's Treachery (PCA #12457)


  • 8. In the Admiral's Lair (PCA #12458)


  • 9. On the Water Wheel (PCA #12459)


  • 10.On the Treasure Trail (PCA #12460)


  • 11.The Sea Hound Attacked (PCA #12461)


  • 12.Dangerous Waters (PCA #12462)


  • 13.The Panther's Prey (PCA #12463)


  • 14.The Fatal Double-Cross (PCA #12464)


  • 15.Captain Silver's Last Stand (PCA #12465)


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Goofs

Chapter two: When Captain Silver goes down the beach looking for Jerry his gun is tucked in his belt. Upon arriving where Jerry is held prisoner, he is attacked by one of the bad guys, and his gun is in a holster. See more »

Quotes

The Admiral: Are you ready to decipher the map for me, Captain?
Captain Silver: No.
The Admiral: It is most regrettable. I think you will after a longer stay under the water.
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Solid serial
9 May 2007 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Those hoping to "slum it" by indulging in a Saturday matinée serial may be a bit disappointed with "The Sea Hound." Its plot is contrived and obviously aimed at a youthful audience but it never descends into "hokiness," its cliffhanging conclusions avoid being ludicrously exaggerated, and its dialog lacks that campy, groan-inducing awfulness often found in this genre. In fact, "The Sea Hound" qualifies as a surprisingly respectable and professional piece of work with a plot which neatly focuses on a central mission and with characters who usually manage to avoid the curse of hamminess. There are plenty of fistfights, of course, and bullets fly with wild abandon, but the emphasis is on action rather than violence and there's hardly a dull moment in any of the serial's 15 chapters.

Buster Crabbe, his body thickened a bit at age 40, makes a stalwart hero and his companions -- played by Jimmy Lloyd and Ralph Hodges -- are likable and unobtrusive. Neither one engages in the kind of horseplay, slapstick, and corny humor often imposed on "sidekicks." Spencer Chan offers a few Confucius-says comments as the ship's cook but though he's a bit of a Charlie Chan cliché, he's never offensive or embarrassing. (Chan later played one of the scientists at the mansion presided over by Jeff Morrow in "This Island Earth.") Pamela Blake makes a spunky though forgettable heroine and kids of all ages will be relieved that she and Crabbe don't get forced into one of those lame romances in which the guy kisses the girl in the final fade-out.

Crabbe appears bare-chested in the opening episode but after that he's rarely asked to display any "beefcake" -- though his customary T-shirt fits with becoming tightness. Only once, in Chapter 8, does he slip into a swimsuit which, though snug, is so high-cut that it covers his navel. Not surprisingly, of course, he's forced into a few "bondage" situations and though none of them equal his sweaty, writhing torture at the hands of Ming the Merciless in "Flash Gordon," two examples are worth noting. At the end of Chapter 9, Crabbe and young colleague Ralph Hodges are tied to a waterwheel located, a bit unconvincingly, in the middle of a stream. The villains, hoping to wrest vital information from Crabbe, turn the wheel so that their victims' heads are underwater for an uncomfortable length of time, but rescue soon comes and the waterwheel is never seen again. Crabbe and Hodges are fully clothed during this ordeal.

Crabbe's second notable scene of bondage occurs at the end of Chapter 11 and in this one his shirt is removed in order to show off that hairless, swimmer's-physique chest. Islanders called Ryaks -- perhaps the serial's only brush with the unintentionally absurd -- capture Crabbe and tie his wrists above his head to a horizontal pole in the middle of their camp. They then dance around him, knives drawn, chanting, apparently planning to execute him in some unspecified though undoubtedly painful way, but yet another of those daring rescues interferes with their plans. In this sequence the shirtless Crabbe still gets to wear his captain's cap and his gunbelt and, in yet another nod to modesty, his pants are buckled high enough around his waist to hide his navel.

Though filmed in and around Catalina, the action in "The Sea Hound" is apparently meant to take place in the South Pacific, but this sense of place is never well established and is one of the serial's few weaknesses.


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