Spy Smasher (1942)

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Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.


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  • Kane Richmond in Spy Smasher (1942)
  • Marguerite Chapman and Kane Richmond in Spy Smasher (1942)
  • Marguerite Chapman, Kane Richmond, and Hans Schumm in Spy Smasher (1942)
  • Kane Richmond in Spy Smasher (1942)
  • Marguerite Chapman and Kane Richmond in Spy Smasher (1942)
  • Marguerite Chapman, Kane Richmond, and Hans Schumm in Spy Smasher (1942)

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2 August 2005 | orsino44
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| V for VICTORY!
The score for Spy Smasher, a variation on Beethoven's fifth symphony, is a fabulous reminder of the era in which this classic serial was made.

While Spy Smasher is certainly one of the top 5 adventure serials ever made at Republic, it also is a rousing WW2 propaganda film. Check out the title sequence -- three dots and a dash appear on the screen, coinciding with the first four notes of Beethoven's fifth. Three dots and a dash are Morse code for the letter "V," made famous by Churchill's hand sign as a determination to defeat the Nazis and their cronies. Twin searchlights in the title sequence freeze into another V. The coded messages abound in Spy Smasher--even on Spy Smasher's belt buckle.

The action here is top notch, the cast capable, the stunt work great (as always at Republic) and the special effects likewise. If you like Republic serials (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Adventures of Captain Marvel, etc.) you MUST take a look at this one. It is one of the very best. Kane Richmond later went on to play the Shadow in a couple of films, one of which featured a killer who pulled his victims to their deaths off of balconies using a bullwhip, a stunt which was first seen in Spy Smasher. One thing I love about this chapterplay is the acknowledgment that we would not win the war without suffering losses. Great pacing, great action, great serial!

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