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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.

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Adm. Corby
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The Mask
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Drake
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Capt. Pierre Durand [Chs. 1-4]
Hans von Morhart ...
Capt. Gerhardt [Chs. 1, 8, 12] (as Hans Von Morhart)
Georges Renavent ...
Gov. LeComte [Ch. 3]
Rudolph Anders ...
Dungeon Col. Von Kohr [Ch. 1] (as Robert O. Davis)
Henry Zynda ...
Ritter Lazar [Ch. 1]
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Lawlor
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Crane
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Henchman Hayes
Crane Whitley ...
Hauser
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Henchman Steve
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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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Action | Adventure

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4 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Spysmasher  »

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$156,000 (estimated)
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(12 chapters)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alan G. Barbour in his book 'Cliffhanger' states that " . . .The Mask [villain character in Spy Smasher (1942)] was the first in a long line of stereotypes which pictured hard-faced Nazis as propagandist tyrants." 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

[Spy Smasher enters the counterfeiters' lair]
Spy Smasher: Got change for a five?
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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

Edited into J-Men Forever (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
based on Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Opus 67)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Hulk just got smashed.
14 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

There's a reason why serial fans call Spy Smasher one of the best serial movies ever made. But I don't think they go far enough. Spy Smasher is one of the best ACTION movies ever made...

This movie has something which modern action/superhero movies don't. As much as I enjoyed Justice League and Captain America: Winter Soldier, the stunts and the fight scenes never feel as real as they do in the old serials. I don't believe that Henry Cavill can fly, but I know that Commandy Cody does. And I'm sorry Cap, but that's not fighting, it's dancing. Modern filmmakers are too obsessed about stunts/fights looking "cool" or "beautiful". In reality, they're just silly and predictable. And way too long.

Old movie: Punch punch block punch! Villains fall down! Hero gets punched in face and falls on his butt! Punch punch! Someone picks up a chair and throws it! Punch!

Modern movie: Punch block kick block slow motion punch! "Sexy" villainess head tilt! Hero wipes blood from lip! Hero jumps up in the air and spins around before kicking villain four times in a row! Blood flying through air in slow motion! CGI monsters kill CGI robots!

There's no CGI, wires or slow motion in Spy Smasher. Just real people doing real stunts. It looks and feels like the hero is in actual danger and could be hurt or killed by the villains. It's more intense than any of the Die Hard movies.

And best of all, there's no unnecessary sex scenes or gory violence in it. It's mostly safe to watch with the rest of the family (ages 7 and up). Now imagine if they combined the qualities of the old comic book movies (real action, no vulgar content, more heroic characters) with the modern ones (complex characters, better costumes, better writing and acting). That would be the best superhero movie ever.


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