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The Spider's Web (1938)

A crime fighter known as The Spider battles a villain called The Octopus, who is out to sabotage America and install his own government.

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Robert E. Kent (screenplay), George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Hull ... Richard Wentworth / The Spider / Blinky McQuade
Iris Meredith ... Nita Van Sloan
Richard Fiske ... Jackson
Kenne Duncan ... Ram Singh (as Kenneth Duncan)
Forbes Murray ... Police Commissioner Stanley Kirk
Donald Douglas ... Jenkins (the Butler)
Marc Lawrence ... Steve Harmon
Charles C. Wilson ... Chase (as Charles Wilson)
John Tyrrell ... Henchman Grafton
Eugene Anderson Jr. Eugene Anderson Jr. ... Johnnie Sands (as Gene Anderson Jr.)
Ann Doran ... Mason's Secretary
Paul Whitney Paul Whitney ... Gray (the Banker)
Beatrice Curtis Beatrice Curtis ... Kate Sands
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... J. Mason
Byron Foulger ... Allen Roberts
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Storyline

A crime fighter known as The Spider battles a villain called The Octopus, who is out to sabotage America and install his own government.

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Taglines:

DIABOLICAL DESTRUCTION UNLEASHED BY AN UNKNOWN FIEND! (original six-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Action | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spider: Master of Men See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia released this film featuring the Spider, whom Stan Lee cited as an inspiration for Spider-Man (especially due to the web-pattern imprinted cloak that the Spider wears in this film). Decades later, Columbia released a Spider-Man film, and then a sequel to that film, where, yet again, a spider-themed protagonist fought an opponent named Octopus. (Also, in one of the Spider novels, he fought an opponent called the Iron Man, Stan Lee also created Iron Man.) See more »

Crazy Credits

Main Title:"The Spider's Web" enclosed in a "Spider's Web". See more »

Connections

Followed by The Spider Returns (1941) See more »

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Columbia's Best Serial
13 November 2001 | by antonio1952See all my reviews

This serial is as action packed a serial you will ever find from start to finish with wonderful performances all around especially Warren Hull who essays three roles brilliantly. Add Keene Duncan's turn as Ram Singh one has a hall of fame serial. The music adds to the excitement. The Octopus is a masked villain set on destruction and Richard Wentworth sceretly The Spider and Blinky McQuade leads a loyal group in an effort to stop him. For 15 pulse pounding episodes The forces of evil are attacked by a hero who shoots first and asks questions later, The Spider.

I hope one day Sony sees fit to release this serial because it matches Republic's best. It was ranked by The Serial Squadron 10th best out of 266 sound serials.


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