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Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) and
Lewis Clay (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 May 1947 (USA) See more »
Columbia's 33rd serial (made between "Jack Armstrong" and "The Sea Hound") was based on the character that first appeared in "Action Comics" No... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ralph Byrd ... Greg Sanders / The Vigilante

Ramsay Ames ... Betty Winslow

Lyle Talbot ... George Pierce
George Offerman Jr. ... Stuff
Robert Barron ... Prince Hamil
Hugh Prosser ... Police Capt. Reilly

Jack Ingram ... Silver / X-2

Eddie Parker ... Doc / X-3
Tiny Brauer ... Thorne, a.k.a. X-9 [Chs.9-11,14-15] (as Bill Brauer)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ted Adams ... Hamid (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... 2nd Cop (uncredited)

Lane Bradford ... Andy (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Andre / Headwaiter (uncredited)

George Chesebro ... Walt (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Miller a.k.a. X-7 (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Rocky / Jackson / Driver (uncredited)
Bob Duncan ... Cop (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... Sadlow a.k.a. X-8 (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Hot Car Gang Boss (uncredited)
Wallace Fox ... Sid / Movie Director (uncredited)

Terry Frost ... Lefty / X-X (uncredited)

Pierce Lyden ... Merk (uncredited)

Emmett Lynn ... Pop (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Tex Collier (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Dep. Jones (uncredited)
Frank Merlo ... Rabin (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Waldron (uncredited)

Tex Palmer ... Movie Henchman (uncredited)
Emil Van Horn ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ... Garrity (uncredited)

Wally West ... Stage Driver / Ned (uncredited)

Al Wyatt Sr. ... Movie Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Wallace Fox 
Writing credits
Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) and
Lewis Clay (screenplay) and
George H. Plympton (screenplay)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan 
Film Editing by
Earl Turner 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
George Montgomery 
Production Management
Herbert B. Leonard .... production manager (as Herbert Leonard)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W.B. Eason .... assistant director
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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USA:285 min (15 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Chapter Titles: - 1. The Vigilante Rides Again - 2. Mystery of the White Horses - 3. Double Peril! - 4. Desperate Flight - 5. In the Gorilla's Cage - 6. Battling the Unknown - 7. Midnight Rendezvous - 8. Blasted to Eternity - 9. The Fatal Flood - 10. Danger Ahead - 11. X-1 Closes In - 12. Danger Rides the Rails - 13. The Trap That Failed - 14. Closing In - 15. The Secret of the SkyroomSee more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful. of the best serials!, 8 February 1999
Author: Dik Meyer ( from St. Clair, Pennsylvania

This is one of my all-time favorite serials...and I think one of the best overall. Sure, I'm a little bit jaded, as the Vigilante was my favorite golden age superhero when I was a kid (still is, actually), but it's a really good serial.

Of course, the identity of the villain will be obvious after the first episode, but that's pretty much the norm for 1940's serials (look at Captain America). But there is a lot of action and thrills throughout all 16 episodes. And Ralph Byrd is great in the title of the few roles that he is believable in besides Dick Tracy (where he is the master, no matter what Warren Beatty may think). Lyle Talbot is fun, as always, as is the rest of the cast.

There's a little bit of everything in this one...and I think it deserves a place next to the originality of such classic chapter plays as The Adventures of Captain Marvel and The Masked Marvel.

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