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The Crimson Ghost (1946)

A criminal mastermind known as the Crimson Ghost is out to steal a device called the Cyclotrode, which can short-circuit all electrical currents on the planet.

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Albert DeMond (original screenplay), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Quigley ... Duncan Richards
Linda Stirling ... Diana Farnsworth
Clayton Moore ... Louis Ashe
I. Stanford Jolley ... Dr. Blackton [Ch. 11]
Kenne Duncan ... Dr. Chambers [Chs. 1-2, 8]
Forrest Taylor ... Prof. Van Wyck
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Anderson [Chs. 1-4]
Sam Flint ... Maxwell
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... Prof. Parker (as Joe Forte)
Stanley Price ... Count Fator [Chs. 11-12]
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... Wilson [Ch. 1]
Tom Steele ... Henchman Stricker [Chs. 4, 7, 9]
Dale Van Sickel ... Henchman Harte [Chs. 6-7]
Rex Lease ... Bain
Fred Graham ... Snyder [Chs. 1-2] / Zane [Ch. 8]
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Storyline

The Crimson Ghost---attired in black hood and cloak, skull mask and surgical gloves---skulks to an abandoned mansion and informs his henchmen, Louis Ashe (Clayton Moore) and Bain (Rex Lease),of his plans to seize the Cyclotrode, a device invented by Dr. Chambers (Kenne Duncan), that is designed to detect-and-repel atomic bomb attacks. The Crimson Ghost intends to use the Cyclotrode as an offensive weapon for sabotage and extortion via its ability to stop any electrically-controlled mechanism. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FOR THE FIRST TIME!...An amazing answer to the atomic bomb explodes in a blaze of serial super-action! (original print ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cyclotrode X See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$137,912 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (colorized)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chapter 6 - Mystery of the Mountain See more »

Goofs

An important plot point is Duncan's trailing the crooks to their underground hideout using a concealed TV camera in a getaway car. But Duncan has already been to the hideout in a previous chapter when the kidnapped inventor is accidentally killed while saving Duncan from a death ray. This renders the rigged escape and trailing bit meaningless. See more »

Quotes

The Crimson Ghost: We've been tricked by cleverness!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Then the Night Comes (2018) See more »

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25 December 2001 | by hbsSee all my reviews

I got this for Christmas (today), and it's great. The plot doesn't make much sense, the acting is barely acceptable, and the production values are "budget", but my kids and I think that it's a hoot. The story is something about a villain in a skull mask and a ray that will disable electrical equipment, but who cares? It's really about the square-jawed scientist and his beautiful and plucky assistant dashing about risking death to bring the master criminal to justice, with constant fight scenes (filmed at a slower rate so that people move with astonishing speed onscreen) and cliffhanging endings.

There are plenty of unintentionally funny moments, too, as when the gang leader's right-hand-thug (played by Clayton Moore, eventually to be the TV version of The Lone Ranger) returns with a piece of equipment and the leader hisses that it's a "cheap decoy" (as if it looks any cheaper than anything else on the set). If you think that you might like it, you will, and if you think that you'll hate it, you're probably right about that, too.


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