A criminal mastermind known as The Crimson Ghost is out to steal a device called the Cyclotrode, which can short-circuit all electrical current on the planet.
The Crimson Ghost
Chapter 06: Mystery Of The Mountain
Way to go, Diana! You’ve saved Duncan from the poison gas just in the nick of time. I’d be willing to bet the the Crimson Ghost didn’t use Chloratine this time! Later, the ever-resourceful Duncan gets a list of radio shops in the area that sell something or other and he’s going to check them out. And of course he happens upon a shop where Ash is working with some sort of radio guy who is using an electronic stethoscope to open a safe. Fight! Another well-choreographed fight breaks out and Duncan is subdued. But ha-ha! He was only pretending. He’s heard Ash’s plan to use the electronic stethoscope to break into the vault containing the heavy water, a key ingredient for the Cyclotrode. He smooth-talks the radio guy into getting a cigarette out of his coat pocket, but ha-ha! It was a trick cigarette case! The oldest one in the book! And it was probably Chloratine that knocked the radio guy out! Duncan quickly escapes and makes his way to find Ash. And while Ash and the other goon has successfully stolen the heavy water, Duncan drives up and the bullets start flying. Ash escapes after Duncan cold gats the other goon, and a car chase ensues. Ash makes the quick turn onto a dirt road to evade Duncan (maybe Diana should have driven?) and gets to the waiting pilot in the plane, who is going to fly the heavy water to the Crimson Ghost. But as the plane starts to take off, Duncan flies down the road. Ash unloads on his car, apparently hitting Duncan with a bullet (maybe?), but the still-speeding car drifts into the path of the plane as it’s trying to take off and KA-BLAMO!!
One of the most entertaining serials to be released by Republic Pictures, this mystery employed yet another inscrutable invention, a counter atomic device known as Cyclotrode X, sought after by yet another cloaked villain, The Crimson Ghost of the title. But just like the well-known criminologist Duncan Richards (Charles Quigley) and his lovely assistant Diana Farnsworth (Linda Stirling), the Saturday Matinee kids had a tough job spotting the person hiding behind the hideous disguise. The studio took no chances this time and ingeniously cast stunt-man Bud Geary to embody the villain while several actors supplied the voice, including I. Stanford Jolley, whose role was minor but who received fourth-billing and was therefore highly suspect. When The Crimson Ghost was unmasked in the 12th and final chapter, he proved to be yet another actor, Joseph Forte, who had enacted a character seemingly above suspicion. Instead of feeling cheated, however, the young target audience subconsciously enjoyed the above-average writing and fine direction by the talented William Witney and Fred C. Brannon, and no one complained. Quigley and Stirling were at the top of their serial game, and to the bemused surprise of more recent viewers, television’s Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, played one of the master villain’s henchmen, a cold-hearted gangster. The Crimson Ghost was also released in an edited feature version, retitled Cyclotrode. In 1966, yet another edited version was given the title Cyclotrode X.
Cast and Crew:
* Charles Quigley
* Linda Stirling
* Clayton Moore
# Writers: Albert DeMond, Basil Dickey
# Director: Fred C. Brannon, William Witney
Production Company: Republic Pictures
Original Air Date: 1946
Audio & Video: Mono – Released in Black and White (Colorized version)
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