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Spy Smasher (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 4 April 1942 (USA)
Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

Director:

William Witney

Writers:

Ronald Davidson (original screenplay), Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kane Richmond ... Alan Armstrong / Spy Smasher / Jack Armstrong
Marguerite Chapman ... Eve Corby
Sam Flint ... Adm. Corby
Hans Schumm ... The Mask
Tristram Coffin ... Drake
Franco Corsaro ... Capt. Pierre Durand [Chs. 1-4]
Hans von Morhart Hans von Morhart ... Capt. Gerhardt [Chs. 1, 8, 12] (as Hans Von Morhart)
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Gov. LeComte [Ch. 3]
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dungeon Col. Von Kohr [Ch. 1] (as Robert O. Davis)
Henry Zynda Henry Zynda ... Ritter Lazar [Ch. 1]
Paul Bryar ... Lawlor
Tom London ... Crane
Richard Bond ... Henchman Hayes
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Hauser
John James ... Henchman Steve
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Storyline

Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

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AMERICA DECLARES ALL-OUT WAR ON SPIES AND SABOTEURS...And Spy-Smasher, the lone avenger, draws the toughest assignment of all (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El terror de los espías See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$156,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though Republic had the best stunt men in the business on hand, with the likes of Carey Loftin and David Sharpe and even Yakima Canutt, star Kane Richmond, who was quite an athlete, often insisted on doing his own stunts as "Spy Smasher" (this was back in the days when insurance issues were a lot more loose on movie sets). (This was pressbook publicity flack...Kane Richmond performed no stunts in this serial.) See more »

Goofs

Chapter nine: You saw Jack puncture a hole in the "Armored Car". I don't believe it can be done, not with 1940s technology anyway. See more »

Quotes

[while on patrol, Jack and Spy Smasher spot a suspicious boat]
Jack Armstrong: That's the third buoy they've picked up.
Spy Smasher: It's high time we got better acquainted!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are depicted as ...-, Morse code for V (victory), and the searchlights form a "V". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spy Smasher vs. The Purple Monster (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
based on Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Opus 67)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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V for VICTORY!
2 August 2005 | by orsino44See all my reviews

The score for Spy Smasher, a variation on Beethoven's fifth symphony, is a fabulous reminder of the era in which this classic serial was made.

While Spy Smasher is certainly one of the top 5 adventure serials ever made at Republic, it also is a rousing WW2 propaganda film. Check out the title sequence -- three dots and a dash appear on the screen, coinciding with the first four notes of Beethoven's fifth. Three dots and a dash are Morse code for the letter "V," made famous by Churchill's hand sign as a determination to defeat the Nazis and their cronies. Twin searchlights in the title sequence freeze into another V. The coded messages abound in Spy Smasher--even on Spy Smasher's belt buckle.

The action here is top notch, the cast capable, the stunt work great (as always at Republic) and the special effects likewise. If you like Republic serials (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Adventures of Captain Marvel, etc.) you MUST take a look at this one. It is one of the very best. Kane Richmond later went on to play the Shadow in a couple of films, one of which featured a killer who pulled his victims to their deaths off of balconies using a bullwhip, a stunt which was first seen in Spy Smasher. One thing I love about this chapterplay is the acknowledgment that we would not win the war without suffering losses. Great pacing, great action, great serial!


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