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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

The exact budget (cost of production) for this serial was $157,110. The exact cost of the production was $179,960. The serial came in $22,870 over budget. See more »

Goofs

Chapter nine: Despite Mace's truck traveling at a high speed and a mile or two, the odometer reading does not change. See more »

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Featured in Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996) See more »

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I'm back again with something to observe......
17 May 1999 | by crow-34See all my reviews

Previously, I noticed that many times they changed the ending and not too cleverly. In chapter 8 when the Marvel took the dive off the roof the action the next week was different and obviously sneaky, not a true cliffhanger! Oh yes, the agent who knifed the thug in bed after he identifies the Marvel was the Marvel technically. Tom Steele played the assassin and of course was killed again in the car crash. He is as you know the man behind the mask in all the action scenes. If you watch closely you can identify his stance, body language and physical running attitude. He was never mentioned in the credits at all. Most curious.


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