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Release Date:
10 February 1949 (USA) See more »
Famed aviator Bruce Gentry is working with scientist Andrew Benson, setting out to uncover the origin... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tom Neal ... Bruce Gentry
Judy Clark ... Juanita Farrell
Ralph Hodges ... Frank Farrell

Forrest Taylor ... Dr. Alexander Benson
Hugh Prosser ... Paul Radcliffe

Tristram Coffin ... Krendon

Jack Ingram ... Allen

Terry Frost ... Chandler
Eddie Parker ... Gregg

Charles King ... Ivor
Stephen Carr ... Adrian Hill
Dale Van Sickel ... Gregory
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George DeNormand ... Henchman (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ... Henchman (uncredited)

Al Wyatt Sr. ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer Bennet)
Thomas Carr 
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (original screenplay) and
Joseph F. Poland (original screenplay) and
Lewis Clay (original screenplay)

Ray Bailey  based upon the famous newspaper feature by

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dwight Caldwell 
Earl Turner 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Production Management
Herbert B. Leonard .... production manager (as Herbert Leonard)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R.M. Andrews .... assistant director
Special Effects by
Howard Swift .... special animation effects (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director

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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:(Banned) (1954) | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Mystery Disc; 2. Fiery Furnace; 3. The Man of Mystery; 4. Grade Crossing; 5. Danger Trail; 6. A Fight For Life; 7. The Flying Disc; 8. Fate Takes the Wheel; 9. Hazardous Heights; 10.Over the Falls; 11.Gentry at Bay; 12.Parachute of Peril; 13.Menace of the Mesa; 14.Bruce's Strategy; The Final Disc.See more »
Continuity: Chapter 12: When Bruce parachutes from the plane, he is shown to be landing in an open area, but he is then shown to be caught on an overhang of the mesa.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Flying saucers and a not-so-mysterious villain., 2 May 2006

The serial was written for the screen based on the newspaper strip by Ray Bailey, that had few newspapers running it, but should have had more just based on the negligee panels . The character was also used in eight comic books published from January, 1948 through July, 1949. Bottom-line" "Bruce Gentry" was based on the most minor of comic-strips utilized by Columbia over the years, and the rights came real cheap.

"Bruce Gentry", (or "Bruce Gentry-Daredevil of the Skies" if one thinks the descriptive line added to the titles on Sam Katzman-produced serials for Columbia was part of the title...and some sources seem to think so), has the not-so-famed aviator Bruce Gentry (Tom Neal), working with scientist Andrew Benson (Forrest Taylor), setting out to uncover the origin of a deadly secret weapon---an electronically controlled flying disc which can be directed at moving or stationary targets. Cheesy (uncredited on the film) special effects of the discs hitting mostly-stationary targets abound.

This disc was master-minded by an enemy agent known only as "The Recorder" because...he speaks entirely via recordings. Makes sense...the name fits, use it.

Aided by rancher Frank Farrell (Ralph Hodges) and his sister Juanita "Nita" Hodges (Judy Clark), Gentry consistently foils "The Recorders" schemes, which are carried out (or, at least, attempted) by "The Recorder's" henchman, Krendon (Tristram Coffin), Allen (Jack Ingram)and Chandler (Terry Frost)...and stunt doubles Eddie Parker, Dale Van Sickel and George DeNormand.

Various models and modifications of flying discs appear throughout the serial up to chapter 15, when Gentry unmasks "The Recorder." It is who any viewer(after about chapter three) thinks it is, and who Gentry would have thought it was if he had ever thought about who he confided his plan of action to the most, especially since Krendon, Allen and Chandler (and others) were waiting for him when he got to where he told this person he was going.

Well, actually, after Gentry unmasks the leader, Henchman Krendon breaks his bonds long enough to unleash one of the deadly discs (Model T)against the Panana Canal. Nothing Bruce can do but race to his plane, take off in pursuit and hope he can destroy it before it hits the Panama Canal. Since this is Chapter 15 ("The Final Disc"), the suspense of the chase is somewhat foregone. Dang, did I just supply one of those dreaded S....ers.

No better and no worse than any of the Katzman-produced Columbia serials, and Tom Neal(at his Clark Gable best)doesn't hurt it any.

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