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The Phantom Creeps (1939)

Approved | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 January 1939 (USA)
A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Alex Zorka
... Capt. Bob West
... Jean Drew
Edwin Stanley ... Dr. Fred Mallory
... Jim Daly
Jack C. Smith ... Monk
... Jarvis [Chs. 2-12]
... Ann Zorka [Chs. 1-2] (as Dora Clemant)
... Rankin - Henchman [Chs. 2-12]
Hugh Huntley ... Perkins - Mallory's Lab Assistant [Chs. 2-12]
... Al - Guard [Ch. 5]
... Train Engineer [Ch. 6]
... Skipper [Ch. 9] (as James Farley)
... Mac - AMI Agent [Chs. 2-12]
... Signalman [Ch. 10]
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"The Phantom Creeps" was Universal's 44th sound-era serial (between "The Oregon Trail" and "The Green Hornet") and was re-issued to theaters in 1949 by Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, a distribution set-up handling primarily Universal re-issues. Commonwealth had no hand at all in the production of this serial (as incorrectly shown on site) as they were a distribution company only. Some sources mistakenly identify them as the serial producer because all of the 1949 re-issue prints (and the 16mm prints sold to television circa 1952) show "Commonwealth Pictures Corp. Presents" above the title.There is a whole lot of difference between "presenting" and "producing", a fact that some sources appear to not know or don't care. The serial is of interest to some collectors as it re-unites Bela Lugosi and Edwin Stanley from 1931's "Dracula", and the crater-discovery of the meteorite fragment by Zorka in the serial is stock footage from Universal's 1936 "The Invisible Ray." The stock footage ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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CRASHING...SMASHING...DASHING DYNAMITE! 12 spine-shivering chapters of thunderbolt action and amazing adventure! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved
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7 January 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Creeps  »

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Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (edited feature film)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Captain Bob West drives a 1939 Nash Ambassador convertible, while reporter Jean Drew drives a 1939 Nash Ambassador sedan. See more »

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During the car chase the reporter is shown driving on the right side of the car, although before and after the chase plus in overhead shots she is shown correctly on the left side. See more »

Quotes

[after surviving a car crash, Zorka notices the hitch hiker they picked up, who looks like him, is dead.]
Dr. Alex Zorka: How fortunate, this will simplify everything!
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enough to destroy the world
5 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

In the 30's and the 40's,universal(like republic pictures)produced many serials(action films viewed in chapters)dealing with superheroes,outer space,mad scientists and war, In this 12 chapter serial released by universal in 1939, bela lugosi(famous for playing vampires,mad doctors and monsters)plays doctor zorka,a mad doctor who has discovered an atomic meteorite,he harnesses its power,he then decides to sell it to spies,when a reporter(dorothy arnold) and a government agent(robert kent)set out to stop doctor zorka from destroying the world with the meteorite,they must battle spies,doctor zorka's explosive mechanical spiders and a giant robot through 12 chapters to save the world!an impressive serial,an incredible performance from lugosi and the supporting cast,and plenty of special effects,also seen in this serial is edward van sloan(who plays jarvis the spy chief) who starred along with bela lugosi in universals dracula(1931)!

it's worth watching


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