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The Masked Marvel (1943)

A mysterious detective called The Masked Marvel battles Japanese saboteurs intent on blowing up America.

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Royal K. Cole (original screenplay), Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Forrest ... Martin Crane
Louise Currie ... Alice Hamilton
Johnny Arthur ... Mura Sakima
Rod Bacon Rod Bacon ... Jim Arnold
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Frank Jeffers
Anthony Warde ... 'Killer' Mace
David Bacon ... Bob Barton
Bill Healy Bill Healy ... Terry Morton
Howard C. Hickman ... Warren Hamilton (as Howard Hickman)
Kenneth Harlan ... Plant Guard [Ch. 1] / Police Car 7 Driver [Ch. 3]
Thomas Louden Thomas Louden ... Matthews
Eddie Parker ... Meggs
Duke Green Duke Green ... Karl - Delivery-Truck Thug [Ch. 1] / Spike - Gas works saboteur [Ch. 1] / Kaler - Roof-top thug [Ch. 8]
Dale Van Sickel ... Kline-Tall Gas-Works Saboteur [Ch. 1] / Station-Wagon Thug [Ch. 3] / Super-X Warehouse Thug #1 [Ch. 8]
Wendell Niles Wendell Niles ... Newscaster [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

Warrwen Hamilton and Martin Crane, chief executives if the World-Wide Insurance Company, enlist the aid of the Masked Marvel to find Mura Sakima, a former Japanese envoy, whom they suspect of being responsible for extensive sabotage of war industries. But CRane is secretly in league with Sakima, and they arrange for Hamilton's murder. The murdered man's daughter, Alice, joins the Masked Marvel and his three aides in a campaign to expose and apprehend Sakima. The Masked Marvel is one of four men - Bob Barton, Frank Jeffers, Terry Morton and Jim Arnold; he hides his identity beneath a black mask and only Alice knows he is one of the four investigators. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

WHI IS THIS FEARLESS MAN WHO RISKS HIS LIFE AT EVERY TURN TO THWART JAP ATTEMPTS AT SABOTAGE? (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sakima and the Masked Marvel See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the four lead heroes are supposed to be the Masked Marvel, but it was actually stuntman Tom Steele who played the character, his voice post-dubbed by announcer Gayne Whitman. See more »

Goofs

Downstairs, Martin Crane's elevator has three walls on it. Upstairs, it is a simple platform. We know it's supposed to be the same elevator because his chair is the center of it, but it doesn't match. See more »

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Holy Unrealistic?
17 September 2003 | by Rock-10See all my reviews

Perplexing? It is never revealed how the Masked Marvel acquired his aura.

He doesn't possess magical powers, super brains, or any particular crime fighting skills. He does sport a mask. But what for? What's he trying to hide? He's truly not much, if all, different from the other three good guys.

One thing is clear. Men's hats must have been surgically attached. No amount of fighting, falling, leaping out of cars or boats, can dislodge the hats.

It appeared all of the serials many pugilists were in tremendous physical condition. How many blows to the chin, back flips, kicks, hurling into walls could you take? They are simply indefatigible.

The Masked Marvel serial makes Steven Segal foes seem like pre-schoolers.


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