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Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (1966)

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Truncated feature version of the serial 'Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)', in which Captain Mephisto attempts to take over the world's supply of a valuable ore.

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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

Complete credited cast:
Richard Bailey ... Lance Reardon (archive footage)
Linda Stirling ... Claire Forrest (archive footage)
Roy Barcroft ... Capt. Mephisto (archive footage)
Kenne Duncan ... Sidney Brand (archive footage)
Forrest Taylor ... William Forrest (archive footage)
Forbes Murray ... Henry Hargraves (archive footage)
Jack Ingram ... Edward Armstrong (archive footage)
Harry Strang ... Fred Braley (archive footage)
Ed Cassidy ... Paul Melton (archive footage) (as Edward Cassidy)
Frank Alten ... John Raymond (archive footage)
Lane Chandler ... Reed (archive footage)
Russ Vincent Russ Vincent ... Ruga (archive footage)
Dale Van Sickel ... Barker (archive footage)
Tom Steele ... Lyons (archive footage)
Duke Green Duke Green ... Spencer Harvey (archive footage)

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Truncated feature version of the serial 'Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)', in which Captain Mephisto attempts to take over the world's supply of a valuable ore. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Aired on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1975
13 August 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine" was the rather fanciful title of this feature version of the 1945 Republic serial "Manhunt of Mystery Island," produced for television broadcast in 1966 and never distributed theatrically. With serials easily available in the digital age, such ersatz 'features' serve no function anymore, except for those fortunate enough to catch it on TV in the days before cable, as I did on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater on Mar. 1 1975, the middle film on a rare triple bill, preceded by "Cyborg 2087" (1966) and followed by "The Mummy's Hand" (1940). There is a manhunt for a missing scientist, the creator of a 'radiotomic power transmitter' (shades of Dick Tracy!), and lots of entertaining cliffhangers, but goes on a bit long at 99 minutes (almost half of the original 15 chapters). It's still one of that studio's best remembered serials, though this version is far more difficult to find. Other serial features shown on Chiller Theater included "Bat Men of Africa," "Lost Planet Airmen," "Missile Monsters," and "Satan's Satellites."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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