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Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 17 March 1945 (USA)
A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation ... See full summary »

Directors:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Yakima Canutt | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Albert DeMond (original screenplay), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Bailey ... Lance Reardon
Linda Stirling ... Claire Forrest
Roy Barcroft ... Capt. Mephisto
Kenne Duncan ... Sidney Brand
Forrest Taylor ... William Forrest
Forbes Murray ... Harry Hargraves
Jack Ingram ... Edward Armstrong [Chs. 1-11]
Harry Strang ... Fred Braley
Ed Cassidy ... Paul Melton [Chs. 1-6, 10] (as Edward Cassidy)
Frank Alten ... John Raymond
Lane Chandler ... Police Insp. Reed [Chs. 1, 8]
Russ Vincent Russ Vincent ... Ruga
Dale Van Sickel ... Barker / Ritter / Lewis / Frazier / Sardon [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7-10]
Tom Steele ... Lyons - Thug / Bailey [Chs. 3-4, 10, 13]
Duke Green Duke Green ... Spencer Harvey [Ch. 1] / Thug Clark in Wine Cellar [Ch. 5]
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Storyline

A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation Machine to travel forward in time and disguise himself as one of the four owners of Mystery Island. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sinister Secrets LURKING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE JUNGLE...THREATENING THE LIVES OF FEARLESS MEN WHO DARE CHALLENGE THE UNKNOWN!

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Secret Weapon; 2. Satan's Web; 3. The Murder Machine; 4. The Lethal Chamber; 5. Mephisto's Mantrap; 6. Ocean Tomb; 7. The Death Drop; 8. Bombs Away; 9. The Fatal Flood; 10. The Sable Shroud; 11. Satan's Shadow; 12. Cauldron of Cremation; 13. Bridge to Eternity; 14. Power Dive to Doom; 15. Fatal Transformation. See more »

Goofs

Chapter 9: The water coursing through the tunnels is a muddy brown, but when it exits the tunnel is white. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Brand: I've often wondered how you change from one person into another.
Capt. Mephisto: No doubt you have. I'll tell you this much. The appearance of human beings' stature, complexion and pigmentation is controlled by the molecular arrangement of the blood corpuscles. I have found a means of altering that arrangment.
Sidney Brand: I understand.
Capt. Mephisto: If I thought you really did, I'd *kill* you!
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Alternate Versions

This Republic serial was edited down to a feature film and released under the title "Captain Mephisto and the Tranformation Machine." See more »

Connections

Edited into Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (1966) See more »

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Another Republic Classic.
10 December 2005 | by rudge49See all my reviews

Caught this one on TV in its TV-movie form in 1966, now it is in my collection. Roy Barcroft considered this one his favorite, I can see why, he gets to play a villain who can disappear into a completely different body, how's that for a disguise. Contains one of the all time great villain's quotes. Captain Mephisto explains to the Kenne Duncan character how he transforms from his secret identity into Captain Mephisto. When the latter responds, "Oh I understand" Captain Mephisto says "If I thought you understood I'd kill you!" How's that for villainy? Top stuntman Dale Van Sickel doubling for Roy Barcroft, the usual top notch stunt work by the Lydecker brothers, non stop action, an intriguing if far fetched plot. About the only complaint I have is that I've never seen it on the Big Screen.


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