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The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)

Approved | | Adventure | 28 May 1938 (USA)
The US marine corps must battle a would-be world conqueror who uses electricity as a weapon.

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Barry Shipman (original screenplay), Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Feature version of the 1938 serial of the same name.

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Lee Powell, Bruce Bennett, Eleanor Stewart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Powell ... Lieutenant Tom Grayson
Bruce Bennett ... Lieutenant Frank Corby (as Herman Brix)
Eleanor Stewart ... Janet Warfield
Montagu Love ... General White
Hugh Sothern ... Ben Warfield
Sam Flint ... Colonel Grayson [Chs. 1-2, 7]
Perry Ivins Perry Ivins ... Crenshaw
Forrest Taylor ... Benson
John Picorri ... Professor Gould
Carleton Young ... Johnson, 'Aurora' Crewman [Ch. 4]
John Davidson ... Lin Wing [Ch. 1]
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Sam Hedges, the Gardener
Reed Howes ... Parker--Sub Crewman [Chs. 4, 10-12]
Tom London ... Henchman Wilson [Chs. 2-5, 9]
Edmund Cobb ... Henchman Ellis [Chs. 2, 4-6]
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Storyline

In Singapore, two US Marine Lieutenants, Tom Grayson and Frank Corby, discover the threat of a new villain called The Lightning, a masked villain who uses a powerful lightning based weapon in his bid for world conquest. Unfortunately, the battle becomes personal when The Lightning annihilates the officers' unit, and later kills Lt. Grayson's father as he was helping the investigation of the weapon. Now, those young marines have dedicated themselves to stopping The Lightning and bringing him to justice. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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The Lightning Strikes! A half-crazed devil terrorizes the world with a mysterious thunderbolt that brings devastation to all it touches.

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demônios em Luta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$92,569 (estimated)
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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chapter Titles: 1. The Lightning Strikes 2. The Mill Of Disaster 3. The Silenced Witness 4. Cargo Of Mystery 5. Undersea Bandits 6. The Torpedo Of Doom 7. The Phantom Killer 8. Tides Of Trickery 9. Attack From The Skies 10.In The Camp Of The Enemy 11.The Baited Trap 12.Killer At Bay See more »

Quotes

Henchman: The fiend is behind a monstrous plot to control whole nations. What happened in Linchuria is but a small demonstration of his powers!
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Serial review
5 July 2007 | by tomwalSee all my reviews

This is one of the serials dedicated to the military by Republic Pictures, SOS Coastguard being another.Though providing serial fans with plenty of action, this 1938 chapter play is composed of excessive stock footage, unusual for a serial made in the late thirties. Robinson Carusoe of Clipper Island and the first Dick Tracy are two serials that provide scenes and cliffhangers for Fighting Devildogs. Adding to that ,news reel footage, the viewer can easily see that the studio really cut corners. That being said, it remains a fast moving 12 chapters with Lee Powell and Herman Brix,aka Bruce Bennett, doing good work as the leads. William Witney and John English provide stellar direction, along with Alberto Columbo's atmospheric musical score. This serial also provides a memorable super nemesis known as The Lightning.The stunts are excellent and up to Republic standards, but the pace of the serial is often erratic. Should have been better considering the personnel involved. Still , this serial deserves a place in a serial fans collection.


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