CANADIAN MOUNTIES VS. ATOMIC INVADERS (1953)
Article #920 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 9-21-2003
Posting date: 2-18-2004
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Featuring William Henry, Susan Morrow, Arthur Space
A mountie does battle with spies intent on setting up a missile base in the wilds of Canada.
All right, I’ll admit I’m used to serials having only slight science fiction elements as most of them do, but with a title like CANADIAN MOUNTIES VS. ATOMIC INVADERS, I certainly expect the ‘Atomic Invaders’ to have something science fictional about them. In truth, they’re just spies, and the fact that they’re in Canada to build a secret missile base for use in an attack on the United States is the only thing even remotely science fictional about this one, and it’s not near enough. It’s even devoid of the entertaining science fiction gadgetry found in other serials. On the plus side, one of the advantages the later serials had was that the episodes were shorter, and that forced them to trim out unnecessary scenes; it doesn’t prevent them, however, from including episode ten, which is made up of recycled footage from the other episodes. The first few episodes take place in the snow-covered North, which does give it a unique setting, even if some of the scenes look like people standing in front of a painting full of snow, but once the action switches back to the woods, the serial becomes rather repetitive and snore-inducing. This one is not a high point in the history of serials.