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The Phantom Creeps (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Sci-Fi, Adventure | TV Movie 6 June 1949
Not a feature, but an edited version of the 1939 serial "The Phantom Creeps" which was released to TV in 1949.
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Dr. Alex Zorka (archive footage)
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Capt. Bob West (archive footage)
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Jean Drew (archive footage)
Edwin Stanley ...
Dr. Fred Mallory (archive footage)
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Lt. Jim Daley (archive footage)
Jack C. Smith ...
Monk (archive footage)
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Jarvis (archive footage)
Dora Clement ...
Ann Zorka (archive footage)
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Rankin (archive footage)
Hugh Huntley ...
Perkins (archive footage)
Monte Vandergrift ...
Jarvis Goon (archive footage)
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West's Boss (archive footage)
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Harbormaster (archive footage) (as James Farley)
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Mac (archive footage)
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The Robot (archive footage)
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Not a feature, but an edited version of the 1939 serial "The Phantom Creeps" which was released to TV in 1949.

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| (condensation of 265-minute 1939 serial)

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Lugosi and his not-so-happy gas
17 June 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Edited-down serial which, science fiction disbelief aside, remains pretty lame by any reasonable standard, another in a long line of inept vehicles wasting the great Bela Lugosi's acting talent. Here he plays a demented scientist who, after inhaling a rare meteor gas, develops (among other things) a power source which can cure the world of its ills, or, destroy it depending on his mood. When his wife is killed in a plane crash, he elects to use his prowess to destroy those who sought to contain him, but is seemingly cornered at every turn by relentless G-men (Kent and Toomey).

Lugosi isn't as hammy as he's been known to get, more-so his endless array of inventions (giant headed robot, invisibility, magic potions, ray guns etc etc) becomes tired and clichéd very quickly. The cast has depth with Toomey and Van Sloan in particular, while vivacious blonde Dorothy Arnold has some sizable screen-time as a tenacious reporter.

The picture is frenetic, racing from one catastrophe to the next with much repetition and little in the way of sophistication. The climax seems hackneyed and unimaginative, with spy rings and stock footage of burning blimps and battleships apparently substituting for any coherent or realistic attempt at a conclusion. Even at eighty minutes (the original serial is listed as more than four hours), it's overlong and underwhelming.


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