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SOS Coast Guard (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Horror, Romance | 28 August 1937 (USA)
A mad scientist tries to sell his formula for a dist integrating gas to foreign powers.

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Barry Shipman (screenplay), Franklin Adreon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Byrd ... Lt. Terry Kent
Bela Lugosi ... Boroff
Maxine Doyle ... Jean Norman
Richard Alexander ... Thorg
Lee Ford Lee Ford ... Snapper McGee
Herbert Rawlinson ... Cmdr. Boyle
John Picorri ... G.A. Rackerby [Chs. 2-12]
Lawrence Grant ... Rabinisi - Boroff's Spokesman at Screening [Ch. 1]
Thomas Carr Thomas Carr ... Ens. Jim Kent [Ch. 1]
Carleton Young ... Henchman Dodds [Ch. 4]
Allen Connor Allen Connor ... Dick Norman
George Chesebro ... L.H. Degado - Chief Thug [Ch. 5]
Ranny Weeks Ranny Weeks ... Wies - Ambulance Orderly Thug [Ch. 4]
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Storyline

A 12-episode serial. The government of Marovania hires the wicked Boroff to manufacture a powerful gas that causes mass disintegration. Boroff is en route to Marovania with a boatload of arnatite to make the gas when his steamer runs aground off the California coast. Boroff soon commits a murder. The Coast Guard, led by Lt. Terry Kent, must hunt Boroff, figure out his plan and where the arnatite is, capture and dispose of any gas Boroff manages to make, and protect the safety of civilians, including Terry's special friend, ubiquitous reporter Jean Norman, and her chatty photographer, Snapper McGee. Aiding Boroff is his slave Thorg, a formidable giant. Kent must often use his fists. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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on land...on sea...and in the air...SEE THE BIGGEST MAN-HUNT IN HISTORY! Who can save the world from the diabolical scheming of a madman! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guarda Costa Alerta See more »

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Budget:

$107,217 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bela Lugosi's illness prevented him from finishing the 1936 Republic feature The House of a Thousand Candles (1936), so he completed his one-picture Republic contract with this 12-chapter serial, his only screen role during the full two year-horror ban. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Terry Kent: You might as well surrender, Boroff. You can't get away from the Coast Guard.
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Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

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On a historical note...
9 August 2000 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

When this serial was made, there was a moratorium on horror films, brought on by Joseph Breen of the Hays Office. Consequently, Boris Karloff did thrillers at Warner Bros. (but not really any horror films), and Lugosi did poverty row movies and serials. Of the latter, this one I think is his best, but his having the name "Boroff" plus his using a ship called the "Cairfax" (as in Cairfax Abbey, where Dracula stays in London) are obvious in-jokes, though I doubt they were of Lugosi's doing.


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