I am partway through V.1 of "Don Winslow of the Navy"- so far, so good! At first it was a scare because the title screen and credits were very badly reproduced, with plenty of scratches and not even centered correctly. The actual episodes were considerably better, although I did find them a little dark overall.
It was so refreshing to be back in a period when the US was truly the "good guy", where the president was loved and followed by nearly everyone, when America had a special spirit. The enemy was well-defined, and although it was a horrific war, as all of them are, at least it made sense.
The acting is better than some, with the cast seeming more enthusiastic than certain other serials of the same age. Is it as good as Flash Gordon? Well, no, not so far, but it could get better. As is I have no regrets- it's quite watchable.
The Scorpion is a real propaganda-evil enemy, but he sounds German. Since Winslow operates near Pearl Harbor, I'd expect a Japanese enemy to be more appropriate. Maybe he is both! The cliff-hanging parts could be done better, but I guess all the serials followed the same model. The fights also weren't as realistic as they could be, but this was to lure kids back to the theater the next week, not get Academy Awards. I did wonder why so many young, healthy actors were not drafted themselves! You can't really go wrong with Don Winslow of the Navy, especially if you shop a little since it is about as inexpensive as you can get.
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