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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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