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The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, War | 5 January 1943 (USA)
Just before World War II, the Chinese and American governments mount a joint operation to prevent the Germans and Japanese from taking over the strategic island of Mandon.

Writers:

Morgan Cox (original screen play) (as Morgan B. Cox), Zack Mosley (based on the newspaper feature "Smilin' Jack")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Brown ... Jack Martin
Rose Hobart ... Fraulein Von Teufel
Edgar Barrier ... Tommy Thompson
Marjorie Lord ... Janet Thompson
Keye Luke ... Capt. Wing
Sidney Toler ... Gen. Kai Ling
Cyril Delevanti ... Mah Ling / Han Po
Philip Ahn ... Wu Tan
Nigel De Brulier ... Lo San
Turhan Bey ... Kageyama
David Hoffman ... Blenker [Chs. 9-11]
Rico De Montez Rico De Montez ... Hito
Jay Novello ... Kushimi [Chs. 1-3, 12-13]
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Just before World War II, the Chinese and American governments mount a joint operation to prevent the Germans and Japanese from taking over the strategic island of Mandon.

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13 THRILL-BLASTED CHAPTERS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The High Road to Doom; 2. The Rising Sun Strikes; 3. Attacked by Bombers; 4. Knives of Vengeance; 5. A Watery Grave; 6. Escape by Clipper; 7. Fifteen Fathoms Below; 8. Treachery at Sea; 9. The Bridge of Peril; 10. Blackout in the Islands; 12. The Torture Fire Test; 13. Sinking the Rising Sun. See more »

Goofs

Though Mandon is supposedly located on the border between China and India, the walls of the high priest's temple are decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphics. (Universal recycled the set from The Mummy's Hand) See more »

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He didn't do much smiling.
22 August 2003 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Set just before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jack Martin helps the Chinese obtain the Mandon Secret, a secret route from China to India, lying in an isolated Chinese sector, which would aid the Chinese in the war effort or cause disaster if fallen into the hands of the Black Samurai, a Japanese espionage organization in partnership with the Nazis, and its leader the elusive Fraulein Von Teufel, who assumes the guise of Trudy, a press correspondent and friend of Jack. For thirteen chapters, Jack goes in and out of danger in order to assist the allied war effort. The serial's main drawback is that it didn't follow the comic strip (with a Jack Holt looking Jack, a Peter Lorre-ish villain called The Head, and aerial escapades) and its characters, which suggests that the character was tied in to the serial, just so it could be used. Its a good serial, but could have been better. A decent cast this serial has was capable of better, but at the same time kept my interest. Rating, based on serials, 6.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack el aviador See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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