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The Masked Marvel (1943)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 November 1943 (USA)
A mysterious detective called The Masked Marvel battles Japanese saboteurs intent on blowing up America.

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Royal K. Cole (original screenplay), Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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This is an edited version of the 1943 Republic serial "The Masked Marvel" that was released to television in 1966.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: William Forrest, Louise Currie, Johnny Arthur
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Forrest ... Martin Crane
Louise Currie ... Alice Hamilton
Johnny Arthur ... Mura Sakima
Rod Bacon Rod Bacon ... Jim Arnold
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Frank Jeffers
Anthony Warde ... 'Killer' Mace
David Bacon ... Bob Barton
Bill Healy Bill Healy ... Terry Morton
Howard Hickman ... Warren Hamilton
Kenneth Harlan ... Plant Guard [Ch. 1] / Police Car 7 Driver [Ch. 3]
Thomas Louden Thomas Louden ... Matthews
Eddie Parker ... Meggs
Duke Green Duke Green ... Karl - Delivery-Truck Thug [Ch. 1] / Spike - Gas works saboteur [Ch. 1] / Kaler - Roof-top thug [Ch. 8]
Dale Van Sickel ... Kline-Tall Gas-Works Saboteur [Ch. 1] / Station-Wagon Thug [Ch. 3] / Super-X Warehouse Thug #1 [Ch. 8]
Wendell Niles Wendell Niles ... Newscaster [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

Warrwen Hamilton and Martin Crane, chief executives if the World-Wide Insurance Company, enlist the aid of the Masked Marvel to find Mura Sakima, a former Japanese envoy, whom they suspect of being responsible for extensive sabotage of war industries. But CRane is secretly in league with Sakima, and they arrange for Hamilton's murder. The murdered man's daughter, Alice, joins the Masked Marvel and his three aides in a campaign to expose and apprehend Sakima. The Masked Marvel is one of four men - Bob Barton, Frank Jeffers, Terry Morton and Jim Arnold; he hides his identity beneath a black mask and only Alice knows he is one of the four investigators. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Who is this Masked Marvel! (original poster) See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sakima and the Masked Marvel See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally a title card showing Tom Steele in costume proclaiming that "The Masked Marvel" was the star of the serial was planned for the beginning of each chapter. When that was eliminated, William Forrest became the official star. See more »

Goofs

Chapter nine: Despite Mace's truck traveling at a high speed and a mile or two, the odometer reading does not change. See more »

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Featured in Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996) See more »

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One of the Best
3 December 2005 | by rudge49See all my reviews

In 1966 or so during the "camp"craze, the 1943 Columbia serial of "Batman" was released to ride the publicity generated by the Batman-TV program. (As an aside, as a True Believer I quickly tired of that program, haven't watched it since) Republic edited several of its much better made serials into 2 hour or so movies, sold them in syndication. Among the ones I remember were "Fighting Devil Dogs", "The Invisible Monster", "Manhunt of Mystery Island" and of course "The Masked Marvel" My mother joked that the actors hats seemed to be stapled to their heads, I later learned that they wore elastic bands so you couldn't tell it was a stuntman and not an actor, if in a fight scene one of the performers' hat came off he was a stuntman all along. Sort of a screen convention of the time. That said, this is one of the best wartime serials, I occasionally needed an adult to explain some of the wartime reference-the gas rationing stamps that the Marvel uses to track down Mace's car, e.g.

One sad bit of trivia, in Chapter One the actor David Bacon looks at a secret message dated September 13, 1943, he was murdered on September 13, 1943.


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