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The Phantom Creeps (1949)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Sci-Fi | Adventure  -  6 June 1949 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Alex Zorka (archive footage)
Robert Kent ...
Capt. Bob West (archive footage)
Dorothy Arnold ...
Jean Drew (archive footage)
Edwin Stanley ...
Dr. Fred Mallory (archive footage)
Lt. Jim Daley (archive footage)
Jack C. Smith ...
Monk (archive footage)
Edward Van Sloan ...
Jarvis (archive footage)
Dora Clement ...
Ann Zorka (archive footage)
Anthony Averill ...
Rankin (archive footage)
Hugh Huntley ...
Perkins (archive footage)
Monte Vandergrift ...
Jarvis Goon (archive footage)
Frank Mayo ...
West's Boss (archive footage)
Jim Farley ...
Harbormaster (archive footage) (as James Farley)
Eddie Acuff ...
Mac (archive footage)
Ed Wolff ...
The Robot (archive footage)


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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6 June 1949 (USA)  »

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| (condensation of 265-minute 1939 serial)

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1.33 : 1
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Wild, goofy sci-fi action thriller
20 March 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

The Phantom Creeps is everything an old classic B sci-fi thriller is supposed to be. It features Bela Lugosi (as Dr. Zorka), a mad megalomaniac genius with a utility belt and a sack of gadgets that would make Batman and James Bond blush, against a team of CIA-types, a reporter, and local law enforcement. Lugosi hams up a storm and really seems to enjoy himself in this immensely silly role. His somewhat untrustworthy and dull side kick, played by Jack Smith is a great foil to his overbearing stage presence, and he makes a truly great sadist! The film is replete with clever and creative (for its time) special effects (plane crashes, all sorts of random electrical currents, cloaking technology) and a lot of technobabble reminiscent of some of the less palatable Star Trek series.

For an added bonus, the creators threw in a plot, and a cast of well developed, if stereotyped, characters. This film is an edit-job of the old classic serial with the same title, and it is essentially a highlight reel - compressing all the pivot points on the winding road followed by the serial.

Ultimately, it's mindless, kinda trashy entertainment, but it's also a damn good time.

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