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 08: Slave Collar
And Diana pulls the classic “Duncan”! She leaps from her car before it goes KA-BLAMO! on the bridge. She runs back to the road and flags down the first car to come by. Unfortunately, it happens to be Ash whose on his way back to the secret hideout. Apparently Diana isn’t much of a mountain climber, because Ash easily captures her before she can scale the rock face to safety. When she awakens, she’s in the presence of the Crimson Ghost! She is quickly fitted with the mind-control collar and sent forth to do the Crimson Ghost’s bidding. Back at the lab, Duncan arrives, surprised to see Diana. She, in turn, gives Duncan a small present. Oh no! Chloratine! Duncan pretends to be out cold (he has built up a tolerance to Chloratine as this series goes on) and surprises Ash as he enters the lab. Fight! Another one of the Crimson Ghost’s goons gets the Duncan beat down and gets turned to S’more as he’s dumped into the generator. As Duncan fights with Ash, the Crimson Ghost instructs Diana to kill Duncan. She clobbers him with a bar stool, and he too falls into the generator with a blinding flash…
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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