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The Phantom Creeps
12 Chapters of Thrills, Action, Adventure, and One Cool Robot.

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Original Release Date: January 7, 1939
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold, Regis Toomey, Edward Van Sloan, Eddie Acuff, Anthony Averill, Jack C. Smith
Writer(s): George Plympton, Basil Dickey, Mildred Barish {From the story by Willis Cooper}
Director: Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind

Mad scientist Dr. Alex Zorka, is determined to take over the world with his inventions, which include exploding spiders, an invisibility belt - that allows him to become the whisp of smoke Phantom, and a menacing giant robot with a monstrous face and pointy teeth. In each chapter he is opposed by the forces of law and order: Army Intelligence Officer Captain Bob West, Jim Daly, and plucky reporter, Jean Drew. He is also at odds with: Foreign Spies. Yep - none named by country of origin, just referred to as: Foreign. Everyone seems to be after Zorka's secret, including his most prized possession, his meteorite - the source of his incredible scientific breakthroughs. Oddly enough, both sides find themselves completely over-matched by either Zorka's brilliance or their own incompetence. At times, even Zorka is over-matched by his dim witted assistant, Monk.

Being a Universal Serial, we get to see some well recognized props, musical scores, and stock footage. A highlighted note of this serial, it was the 1st to use a scrolling vertical crawl for the chapter forwards rather than the static text frame that every serial by every studio had used. This is Bela's last serial for Universal and apparently he knew it. He appears to be having a good time and hams it up nicely. Still hard to decipher what the hell he is saying at times, but hey, that was half of Bela's charm.

What single phrase could best be used to describe The Phantom Creeps? The longest game of hot potato meteorite in cinematic history.

Anyway, sit back and enjoy this thrilling - although mainly nutty - sci-fi classic with one of the best damn robots to ever grace the screen.



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