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Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 17 March 1945 (USA)
A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation ... See full summary »

Directors:

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

Cast overview:
Richard Bailey ... Lance Reardon
Linda Stirling ... Claire Forrest
Roy Barcroft ... Capt. Mephisto
Kenne Duncan ... Sidney Brand
Forrest Taylor ... William Forrest
Forbes Murray ... Harry Hargraves
Jack Ingram ... Edward Armstrong [Chs. 1-11]
Harry Strang ... Fred Braley
Ed Cassidy ... Paul Melton [Chs. 1-6, 10] (as Edward Cassidy)
Frank Alten ... John Raymond
Lane Chandler ... Police Insp. Reed [Chs. 1, 8]
Russ Vincent Russ Vincent ... Ruga
Dale Van Sickel ... Barker / Ritter / Lewis / Frazier / Sardon [Chs. 1, 3-4, 7-10]
Tom Steele ... Lyons - Thug / Bailey [Chs. 3-4, 10, 13]
Duke Green Duke Green ... Spencer Harvey [Ch. 1] / Thug Clark in Wine Cellar [Ch. 5]
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Storyline

A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation Machine to travel forward in time and disguise himself as one of the four owners of Mystery Island. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sinister Secrets LURKING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE JUNGLE...THREATENING THE LIVES OF FEARLESS MEN WHO DARE CHALLENGE THE UNKNOWN!

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Roy Barcroft regarded "Captain Mephisto" in this non-western serial as his favorite role. See more »

Goofs

Chapter 9: The water coursing through the tunnels is a muddy brown, but when it exits the tunnel is white. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Mephisto: Remember, any attempt to discover which one of the owners is my true personality will result in your immediate destruction!
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Alternate Versions

This Republic serial was edited down to a feature film and released under the title "Captain Mephisto and the Tranformation Machine." See more »

Connections

Edited into Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (1966) See more »

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Great fun in one of the last Republics made before they all became cookie cutter copies
7 July 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Captain Mephisto wanders Mystery Island once more. Mephisto is the secret identity of some on unknown person physically altered by sitting in a special chair and having it completely change him into another actor (the wonderful Roy Barcroft). The real identity of Mephisto is one of his descendants who id using the change into his ancestor as a cover. Battling Mephisto is Linda Sterling who is trying to locate her father who one of several scientists kidnapped by Mephisto in order for him to make super weapons for him. One of the more fun Republic serials. What can I say there is something about Roy Barcroft wandering around in full pirate regalia that just makes you smile no matter how hard you try not to. Add to it the wild weapons and great action and you have a really good time at the movies. (I forgot to mention that this is one of the last Republics that had a sense of being unique from start to finish. It wasn't long after this that the studio began to make serials, that while good, were pretty much interchangeable with each other thanks to an assembly line means of production.) Recommended.


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