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Jack Armstrong (1947)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 February 1947 (USA)
Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy, battles the evil Dr. Grood, who has placed a death ray aboard his spaceship orbiting Earth.

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

George H. Plympton (story treatment), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Hart ... Jack Armstrong
Rosemary La Planche ... Betty Fairfield
Claire James Claire James ... Princess Alura [Chs. 3-6, 9-11, 15]
Joe Brown Jr. Joe Brown Jr. ... Billy Fairfield (as Joe Brown)
Pierre Watkin ... Uncle Jim Fairfield
Wheeler Oakman ... Prof. Hobart Zorn
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Blair
Eddie Parker ... Henchman Slade
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Vic Hardy
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Storyline

Jack Armstrong and his friends attempt to rescue a renowned scientist, the inventor of a revolutionary atomic engine, from the clutches an arch-villain bent on world-dominion by means of a death ray place on board a aircraft capable of flying into the ionosphere. Their quest takes the adventurers to a remote island where they must not only contend with the criminal mastermind's henchmen, but a fierce tribe who have their own reasons for thwarting our heroes. Written by David Bassler

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Based on the radio program "Jack Armstrong-The All-American Boy" on the Mutual Network (all original posters) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chapter Titles: 1. Mystery of the Cosmic Ray 2. The Far World 3. Island of Deception 4. Into the Chasm 5. The Space Ship 6. Tunnels of Treachery 7. Cavern of Chance 8. The Secret Room 9. Human Targets 10. Battle of the Warriors 11. Cosmic Anihilator 12. The Grotto of Greed 13. Wheels of Fate 14. Journey Into Space 15. Retribution See more »

Goofs

The space vehicle is called an Aeroglobe. Not! A globe is a sphere which it is not. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MASH (1970) See more »

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Jack Armstrong serial lackluster reminder of original
18 March 2017 | by frontrowkid2002See all my reviews

When Columbia's schlockmeister producer Sam Katzman brought the radio character of Jack Armstrong to the screen in 1947. the radio serial had been on the air for 14 years. In the late Forties, it had to share airtime with Sky King in a complete half hour version three times a week. Gone were the cliffhanging episodes which kept the kiddies on the end of their seats until the next day's resolution. Katzman's serials were based on radio and comic book characters whose name appeal would hopefully bring in the Saturday afternoon juvenile audience. Commercial tie-ins through publicity both in newspapers and in comic books told the kids that their favorite comic book/radio heroes were now on the screen. While Charles Flynn played a teenage Jack Armstrong on radio, the listening audience did not realize that he was a young man who just finished military service. John Hart however played a mature leading man who hadnt seen the inside of Hudson High School (Jack Armstrong's alma mater) for years. Rosemary LaPlanche's fame as Miss America of 1941 got her the job of the role of Betty Fairfield, played as a young girl on radio, but on the screen could have been the love interest for John Hart. In this reviewer's opinion, Ms. LaPlanche resembled Republic western actress Helen Talbot facially and in her acting style. She would later appear in Republic's Federal Agents vs. the Underworld Inc. Joe Brown Jr. played her brother Billy, whose radio character was famous for starting his sentences with such phrases "Gee Willikers." Charles Middleton, known as Ming the Merciless, turns in a credible performance as the evil Dr Grood. Jack Armstrong was the first of three Columbia serials produced in 1947 with the other two being the Vigilante, taken from the comic books, and the Sea Hound featuring Buster Crabbe as Captain Silver, another radio adventure serial. Booked in second run theaters, they enjoyed a brief run before being deposited back in Columbia's vaults.


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