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Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940)

A mad scientist plots the domination of America and only the masked hero, The Copperhead, can stop him.

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Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon), Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Doctor Satan (as Edward Ciannelli)
Robert Wilcox ... Bob Wayne / 'Copperhead'
William Newell ... Speed Martin
C. Montague Shaw ... Prof. Thomas Scott
Ella Neal ... Lois Scott
Dorothy Herbert Dorothy Herbert ... Alice Brent
Charles Trowbridge ... Gov. Bronson [Ch. 1]
Jack Mulhall ... Police Chief Rand [Chs. 1, 4, 13]
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Col. Bevans
Walter McGrail ... Stoner
Joe McGuinn ... Gort
Bud Geary ... Hallett
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Corbay [Ch. 1]
Archie Twitchell ... Ross
Lynton Brent ... Scarlett [Chs. 1-5]
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Storyline

A mad scientist named Dr. Satan plots to steal key pieces of technolgy to enable him to build an army of robots based on his prototype to conquer America. The only one standing in his way is Bob Wayne, who fights Satan as the enigmatic Copperhead. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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CRAZED WITH THE LUST TO KILL! A power-mad maniac unleashes a lightning attack on an unsuspecting nation...And finds the Copperhaed thirsting for revenge! (original poster)


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Satan's Robot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$147,381 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Chapter 5, "Doctor Satan's Man of Steel", when the thug, Scarlett, (played by Lynton Brent) is killed by Doctor Satan's robot, his scream is the famous "Wilhelm Scream." See more »

Goofs

The remote-control viewing screen displays the scene from impossible viewpoints. This is most obvious Chapter 12 where the view screen shows the airliner carrying Dr. Williams and the plane piloted by Bob Wayne from a forward position. At other times we see the robot trundling toward the bank guard and the warehouse watchman from a forward position. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Thomas Scott: Dr. Satan! What do you want with me?
Doctor Satan: I want a complete set of plans for your remote-control cell. If you care to be reasonable in the matter, you'll be handsomely rewarded.
Prof. Thomas Scott: I refuse to give them to you at any price!
Doctor Satan: You're testing that invention tonight on Turner's yacht. Your daughter is aboard that yacht. My men have wired explosives into the fuel tanks. The fuse is connected with the speed indicator. When the boat attains a speed of 25 knots, those charges will be fired.
Prof. Thomas Scott: I don't believe it! ...
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Featured in Action Heroes of the Cliffhanger Serials (1992) See more »

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classic mad doctor/robot serial
10 December 2003 | by dweeber21See all my reviews

In this republic serial,a mad doctor called doctor satan(edward cianelli) plot's to dominate the world with an army of huge robots!,but only one man can stop this mad plot,the copperhead(robert wilcox(david sharp as the copperhead stunt double)!.when a governer is murdered,the copperhead protects a scientist(c. montague shaw) and his daughter(ella neal) as doctor satan attempts to obtain the scientist's remote control invention to use to operate his monstrous robot!,this is a great example of a classic serial,it's got everything,secret hideouts armed with deadly death traps!,a mad doctor named satan who is bent on world domination,a big tin can robot with big vaccum hose arms,heroic hero,and a mysterious and thrilling music(by cy feuer) score!.this serial is worth seeing!


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