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The Phantom Creeps (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | TV Movie 6 June 1949
Not a feature, but an edited version of the 1939 serial "The Phantom Creeps" which was released to TV in 1949.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Alex Zorka (archive footage)
Robert Kent ... Capt. Bob West (archive footage)
Dorothy Arnold ... Jean Drew (archive footage)
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Dr. Fred Mallory (archive footage)
Regis Toomey ... Lt. Jim Daley (archive footage)
Jack C. Smith Jack C. Smith ... Monk (archive footage)
Edward Van Sloan ... Jarvis (archive footage)
Dora Clement ... Ann Zorka (archive footage)
Anthony Averill ... Rankin (archive footage)
Hugh Huntley Hugh Huntley ... Perkins (archive footage)
Monte Vandergrift ... Jarvis Goon (archive footage)
Frank Mayo ... West's Boss (archive footage)
Jim Farley ... Harbormaster (archive footage) (as James Farley)
Eddie Acuff ... Mac (archive footage)
Ed Wolff ... The Robot (archive footage)
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Not a feature, but an edited version of the 1939 serial "The Phantom Creeps" which was released to TV in 1949.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1949 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (condensation of 265-minute 1939 serial)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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78 minutes of Lugosi nonsense.
30 December 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The Phantom Creeps (1949) is an edited down serial from 1939, a dozen episodes (total runtime: 4 hrs 25 minutes) chopped down to 78 minutes for broadcasting on TV; this goes a long way to explaining the messy and often incomprehensible plot, the numerous cheesy cliffhanger scenarios, the hokey performances, and the dated Flash Gordon-style scene transitions.

Bela Lugosi slums it as Dr. Alex Zorka, a scientist whose many inventions (a giant robot, an invisibility belt, a ray gun, and spiders that are controlled by small explosive discs!) are a threat to world safety. Out to stop him from selling his creations to the highest bidder are G-man Capt. Bob West (Robert Kent) and Lt. Jim Daley (Regis Toomey), aided by spunky reporter Jean Drew (Dorothy Arnold).

Although this severely truncated version obviously features the best bits of the serial, the choppy, repetitive nature of the story makes it a real challenge to sit through (although undoubtedly nowhere near as difficult as sitting through the whole 4 hrs 25 minutes). Despite the unforgettable sight of Lugosi bombing the Hindenberg from a biplane, this doesn't warrant a rating any higher than 3/10.


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