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 09: Blazing Fury
He’s done it again! Duncan escapes death again! Just when we think he has fallen into a generator and exploded into a flash of light, he merely uses his powerful abs to roll off the side. And, he quickly grabs a gun to capture Ash. Hearing this, the Crimson Ghost orders Diana to remove her collar. Duncan sees this and Ash quickly gives a smooth kung-fu chop, knocking the gun from Duncan’s hand, allowing Ash to make his escape. Duncan prevents Diana from removing the collar by knocking her out with a bottle of what could only possibly be Chloratine. Duncan gets Diana to the hospital to administer a powerful counteractive drug, then on to his lab to perform a procedure to remove the collar, along with the help of Dr. Gage. But little does Duncan know that it isn’t Dr. Gage at all. It’s Ash in a smooth disguise! Luckily, Duncan tells Dr. Gage that the power must be maintained at all times for the magnetic device to work on Diana’s collar, and not-so-luckily, it happens to be plugged into an outlet right behind Ash. The procedure begins and the magnetic device is working. But Ash pulls back and kicks the plug out of the socket. 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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