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Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 17 March 1945 (USA)
The creator of a scientific device is kidnapped, and his daughter enlists the help of a private detective whose investigations lead them to a remote Pacific isle where they confront the evil and shocking descendants of a long-dead pirate.

Directors:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Yakima Canutt | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Albert DeMond (original screenplay), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Bailey ... Lance Reardon
Linda Stirling ... Claire Forrest
Roy Barcroft ... Capt. Mephisto
Kenne Duncan ... Sidney Brand
Forrest Taylor ... William Forrest
Forbes Murray ... Harry Hargraves
Jack Ingram ... Edward Armstrong [Chs. 1-11]
Harry Strang ... Fred Braley
Ed Cassidy ... Paul Melton [Chs. 1-6, 10] (as Edward Cassidy)
Frank Alten ... John Raymond
Lane Chandler ... Police Insp. Reed [Chs. 1, 8]
Russ Vincent Russ Vincent ... Ruga
Dale Van Sickel ... Barker / Ritter / Lewis / Frazier / Sardon [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7-10]
Tom Steele ... Lyons - Thug / Bailey [Chs. 3-4, 10, 13]
Duke Green Duke Green ... Spencer Harvey [Ch. 1] / Thug Clark in Wine Cellar [Ch. 5]
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Storyline

A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation Machine to travel forward in time and disguise himself as one of the four owners of Mystery Island. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Sinister Secrets LURKING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE JUNGLE...THREATENING THE LIVES OF FEARLESS MEN WHO DARE CHALLENGE THE UNKNOWN!

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Three of the serial's cliffhanger gags or set pieces were copied in Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom (1984). See more »

Goofs

Chapter 9: The water coursing through the tunnels is a muddy brown, but when it exits the tunnel is white. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Mephisto: You wouldn't dare trick me?
Prof. William Forrest: Trick you? I'd kill you if I thought I could escape afterwards! As it is, I'm obeying orders.
Capt. Mephisto: Don't tax my patience too far!
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Alternate Versions

This Republic serial was edited down to a feature film and released under the title "Captain Mephisto and the Tranformation Machine." See more »

Connections

Featured in Firesign Theatre Presents 'Hot Shorts' (1983) See more »

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Great "Rainy Day" fare!
2 March 2007 | by judiwegleySee all my reviews

One of the main reasons I enjoyed this serial so much is because Linda Stirling seemed to rescue our hero almost as many times as he rescues her! This made her role a little ahead of its time, I think. She was more a team player than just a damsel in distress. Really fun stuff and Linda plays her part to the fullest. It must have been a drag having to wear the same outfit for 15 episodes, but,in true serial fashion, none of the guys lost their hats during the numerous fight scenes. I tend to watch for that - it's kind of a trademark of serials. I thought it was fun to try and figure out which one of the cast was the real Captain Mephisto! This is great "Rainy Day" fare - and relatively family-friendly! I recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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