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Spy Smasher Returns (1966)

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Edited version of the 1942 Republic serial "Spy Smasher," cut down to one hour and sold for TV release in 1966 in a syndication package with other truncated Republic serials.


William Witney




Complete credited cast:
Kane Richmond ... Alan Armstrong / Spy Smasher / Jack Armstrong (archive footage)
Marguerite Chapman ... Eve Corby (archive footage)
Sam Flint ... Admiral Corby (archive footage)
Hans Schumm ... The Mask (archive footage)
Tristram Coffin ... Drake (archive footage)
Franco Corsaro ... Capt. Pierre Durand (archive footage)
Hans von Morhart Hans von Morhart ... Capt. Gerhardt (archive footage)
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Gov. LeConte (archive footage) (as George Renavent)
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Col. Von Kahr (archive footage) (as Robert O. Davis)
Henry Zynda Henry Zynda ... Ritter Lazar (archive footage)
Paul Bryar ... Lawlor (archive footage)
Tom London ... Crane (archive footage)
Richard Bond ... Hayes (archive footage)
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Dr. Hauser (archive footage)
John James ... Steve (archive footage)


Edited version of the 1942 Republic serial "Spy Smasher," cut down to one hour and sold for TV release in 1966 in a syndication package with other truncated Republic serials.

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Half-way through the movie, the bad guys pass through a phony billboard advertising the Dick Tracy serials, also made by Republic. See more »


Edited from Spy Smasher (1942) See more »

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The Best Portions of Top Notch Cliffhanger
26 February 2005 | by redryan64See all my reviews

SPY SMASHER was one of perhaps the top 5 (in this writer's opinion) sound serials. Once the FLASH GORDON Trilogy of Chapterplays is disqualified from the competition,(these are in a class by themselves) the remaining top 5 are to me, SPY SMASHER, HAWK OF THE WILDERNESS, ZORRO's FIGHTING LEGION, THE ADVENTURES of CAPTAIN MARVEL and THE MASKED MARVEL. Notice that they are all from Republic Pictures.

SPY SMASHER was the 2nd Comic Book adventure feature from Fawcett Pulications to make to the screen, CAPTAIN MARVEL being the first . Although it was a much lesser known and not as popular, the adaptation was probably more faithful to the comic. They added a twin brother and some other supporting characters, but were largely true to the story line. Spy Smasher's secret identity is Alan Armstrong, so they gave him a brother named Jack! Get it Jack Armstrong!! Ha,ha!! Very funny, a great 'in' joke!!

Likewise, SPY SMASHER RETURNS, the feature edited down from the serial is a neatly constructed 100 minutes, which does not look like a cut down version. It encompasses the best part of the serial. It was released to the small screen as a part of Republic's "CENTURY '66" package.(That is, the group of action films numbering 100 released to the TV market in 1966) It is a good way to get a sampling of just how good serials could be, without investing 4 hours.

Sadly this feature version is without the very exciting and visually stimulating opening credits, which utilized searchlights forming a giant "V", for victory, against a cloudy, black sky. The original opening theme from the score (an adaptation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony) is also absent from the shorter film. This of course was popular during World War II, because it approximates the ...- which is Morse Code for "V".

Well, at least one gets a pretty good idea of the original music for this one from the incidental music,which repeats the ...- "V" for victory theme.

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