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Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940)

A mad scientist plots the domination of America and only the masked hero, The Copperhead, can stop him.

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Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon), Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Doctor Satan (as Edward Ciannelli)
Robert Wilcox ... Bob Wayne / 'Copperhead'
William Newell ... Speed Martin
C. Montague Shaw ... Prof. Thomas Scott
Ella Neal ... Lois Scott
Dorothy Herbert Dorothy Herbert ... Alice Brent
Charles Trowbridge ... Gov. Bronson [Ch. 1]
Jack Mulhall ... Police Chief Rand [Chs. 1, 4, 13]
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Col. Bevans
Walter McGrail ... Stoner
Joe McGuinn ... Gort
Bud Geary ... Hallett
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Corbay [Ch. 1]
Archie Twitchell ... Ross
Lynton Brent ... Scarlett [Chs. 1-5]
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Storyline

A mad scientist named Dr. Satan plots to steal key pieces of technolgy to enable him to build an army of robots based on his prototype to conquer America. The only one standing in his way is Bob Wayne, who fights Satan as the enigmatic Copperhead. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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CRAZED WITH THE LUST TO KILL! A power-mad maniac unleashes a lightning attack on an unsuspecting nation...And finds the Copperhaed thirsting for revenge! (original poster)


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Satan's Robot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$147,381 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Chapter 7, "The Monster Strikes", when the night watchman at the Metropolitan Drug Co. warehouse is attacked by the robot, he emits the famous "Wilhelm Scream." See more »

Goofs

The remote-control viewing screen displays the scene from impossible viewpoints. This is most obvious Chapter 12 where the view screen shows the airliner carrying Dr. Williams and the plane piloted by Bob Wayne from a forward position. At other times we see the robot trundling toward the bank guard and the warehouse watchman from a forward position. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Thomas Scott: Dr. Satan! What do you want with me?
Doctor Satan: I want a complete set of plans for your remote-control cell. If you care to be reasonable in the matter, you'll be handsomely rewarded.
Prof. Thomas Scott: I refuse to give them to you at any price!
Doctor Satan: You're testing that invention tonight on Turner's yacht. Your daughter is aboard that yacht. My men have wired explosives into the fuel tanks. The fuse is connected with the speed indicator. When the boat attains a speed of 25 knots, those charges will be fired.
Prof. Thomas Scott: I don't believe it! ...
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Edited into J-Men Forever (1979) See more »

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If you never see another serial, be sure to screen this one!
22 August 2002 | by cjhoraSee all my reviews

Growing up in the 50's, I got to see the great--and not so great--cliffhangers every weekend (for only 10 cents!). King of the Rocketmen was always a fantastic hero, with his legendary flying suit. BUT that was before I got to see the Copperhead battle Dr. Satan on television every Sunday morning. This is one of the most well constructed serials that Republic ever produced. Cianelli, as Dr. Satan, is a consummate villain, one who has no vague motivations--this guy is evil from the word "go". Robert Wilcox as hero Bob Wayne is EXTREMELY capable in the role. Not only can he act--something very difficult with terse, action dominated serial scripts--but he is a fine athlete. Some of the acrobatic leaps and takedowns are the best ever put on film. The plot hangs together nicely, something that is unusual in 4 hour long marathons. But what really puts the icing on the cake is the terrific variety of cliffhanger chapter endings that Republic has employed in this serial. They are all superbly done, with plausible escapes that don't insult the viewer's intelligence. In fact, many of these were used in later serials as stock footage in order to save money (a real strength at Republic). Crisp, snappy direction by Witney and English puts the cap on a GREAT serial.


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