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The Purple Monster Strikes (1945)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi | 3 August 1945 (USA)
A Martian spacecraft crash-lands near the observatory of Cyrus Layton, designer of Earth's first spaceship. The survivor, forerunner of an invasion, can assume the form of any earthman. ... See full summary »

Directors:

Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Fred C. Brannon

Writers:

Royal K. Cole (original screenplay) (as Royal Cole), Albert DeMond (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Moore ... Craig Foster
Linda Stirling ... Sheila Layton
Roy Barcroft ... The Purple Monster
James Craven James Craven ... Dr. Cyrus Layton
Bud Geary ... Hodge Garrett
Mary Moore Mary Moore ... Marcia [Chs. 11-13]
John Davidson ... Emperor of Mars [Chs. 2, 10-11]
Joe Whitehead Joe Whitehead ... Carl Stewart
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Saunders [Chs. 3-4]
George M. Carleton ... Dr. Paul Meredith [Ch. 9] (as George Carleton)
Kenne Duncan ... Charles Mitchell [Chs. 1-2, 10]
Rosemonde James Rosemonde James ... Helen / Marcia posing as Helen [Chs. 11-12]
Monte Hale ... Dr. Harvey [Chs. 13-14]
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... Prof. Benjamin [Ch. 11]
Fred Howard Fred Howard ... Prof. Crandall (as Frederick Howard)
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Storyline

A Martian spacecraft crash-lands near the observatory of Cyrus Layton, designer of Earth's first spaceship. The survivor, forerunner of an invasion, can assume the form of any earthman. Calling himself the "purple monster," the humanoid invader sets about gaining control of Layton's rocket project. Opposing him is Craig Foster, former Secret Service man, who episode by episode tries to thwart the monster's attempts to acquire rocket components. Will Craig ever suspect that his closest associate is really the monster? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Warrior from another planet annihilates space...eliminates distance...carries diabolical devices! See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D-Day on Mars See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Man in the Meteor; 2. The Time Trap; 3. Flaming Avalanche; 4. The Lethal Pit; 5. Death on the Beam; 6. The Demon Killer; 7. The Evil Eye; 8. Descending Doom; 9. The Living Dead; 10. house of Horror; 11. Menace From Mars; 12. Perilous Plunge; 13. Fiery Shroud; 14.The Fatal Trail; 15.Take-Off To Destruction. See more »

Goofs

Chapter five: Craig Foster is trapped in an acid pit and acid fumes roil around him. He is rescued, but he should be badly burned and his clothes falling off in tatters. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cyrus Layton: Why, who are you?
Purple Monster: My name would mean nothing to you. I've come from the planet which people on Earth call Mars.
Dr. Cyrus Layton: From Mars? But you speak our language.
Purple Monster: I speak all languages. Many years ago, my people invented and perfected a remarkable instrument known as the distance eliminator. With the aid of this device, I've been able to see and hear everything that happens on Earth.
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Edited into D-Day on Mars (1966) See more »

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It scared me as an 8 year old.
3 October 2000 | by imperialdebubbaSee all my reviews

I first saw the entire fifteen chapters at the Fairbanks theater in Springfield,OH when I was 8 yrs. old. It scared the hell out of me. I saw it again at age 62, and couldn't believe that Dennis Moore beat up the same 4 guys in every episode. Nonetheless, it's a cool piece of cinema, and Roy Barcroft was the best bad guy there ever was.


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