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Mandrake, the Magician (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 6 May 1939 (USA)
Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by a masked Crime Lord known as "The Wasp".

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Joseph F. Poland (screenplay), Basil Dickey (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Hull ... Mandrake the Magician
Doris Weston ... Betty Houston
Al Kikume ... Lothar
Rex Downing ... Tommy Houston
Edward Earle ... Dr. Andre Bennett
Forbes Murray ... Professor Houston
Kenneth MacDonald ... James Webster
Don Beddoe ... Frank Raymond
Dick Curtis ... Dorgan - Henchman (Chs. 6-8)
John Tyrrell ... Dirk - Henchman
Stanley Brown ... Green-Henchman [Chs. 1, 2, 4]
Beatrice Curtis Beatrice Curtis ... Rest Home Nurse [Chs. 3,10]
Robert Sterling ... Henchman
Sam Ash ... George Regan -Hypnotist [Chs. 3-5]
Lester Dorr ... Gray - Gas Station Henchman [Chs. 8-9]
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Storyline

Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by a masked Crime Lord known as "The Wasp".

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BLACK MAGIC Conjures Up A Holocaust Of Thrills!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mandrake el mago See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits where it depicts the main actors, mainly Kenneth MacDonald and Don Beddoe, starting to laugh, where it seems that someone or persons are having fun or making faces off screen. See more »

Goofs

At the end of Episode #6, when Mandrake's plane is shot down, there's an image of the tail with its nomenclature NC 16039, appearing on the screen in reverse. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »

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Abracadabra!
6 October 2012 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Mandrake, the Magician features a dashing, young hero who may not have any super-powers to speak of, but, being a magician (the worlds' best, of course) he does manage to foil the bad guys with a well-timed magic trick, or two. And if that happens to fail, Mandrake can certainly be counted on to throw a mean punch, sometimes heroically taking on up to five of The Wasp's ruthless henchmen all at one time.

Presented in 12 super-exciting chapters, this enjoyable, 1939 "Cliffhanger" has Mandrake and his loyal pals taking on The Wasp, a dastardly evil criminal, who will stop at nothing in order to get his greedy hands on Prof. Houston's amazing radium-energy machine.

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