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Diabolical mastermind Harry Crowel, a.k.a. Prisoner 39013, escapes and, with a seemingly endless supply of henchmen, sets out to destroy all holdings of industrialist Horace Granville, who put him in prison. One target is an amusement park, home of the three Daredevils of the Red Circle, who perform death-defying stunts. Aghast at innocent lives lost, our three heroes swear to capture No. 39013. It'll be harder than they suspect; the villain is holding the real Granville captive, and with a near-perfect disguise, has taken his place!Written by
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1: The Monstrous Plot; 2: The Mysterious Friend; 3: The Executioner; 4: Sabotage; 5: The Ray of death; 6: 30 Seconds to Live; 7: The Flooded Mine; 8: S.O.S.; 9: Ladder of Peril; 10: The Infernal Machine; 11: The Red Circle Speaks; 12: Flight to Doom. See more »
In chapter 1 police reports show prisoner 39013 as James Crowel, but thought out the movie he is called Harry. See more »
Circus stuntmen thwart the plans of former prisoner 39013.
This Republic serial is about as good as they get. The chapter ending involving a tunnel under the river is quite memorable, as I pass through the Lincoln Tunnel every morning on the way to work.
I was also impressed with the always-excellent Charles Middleton (best remembered as Ming the Merciless) as the villain. Everytime we see him in a movie, my girlfriend gasps "39013!"...which is pretty remarkable when you think about it. How many numerically-named characters do YOU remember from old movies?
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