The Crimson Ghost (1946)

Article #979 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-19-2003
Posting Date: 4-17-2004
Directed by Fred C. Brannon and William Witney
Featuring Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling, Clayton Moore

An evildoer known as the Crimson Ghost attempts to get his hands on a destructive weapon known as the Cyclotrode.

This is considered one of the better serials out there, and rightfully so; it’s efficient, the fights are well staged, it’s packed with gadgets, and it has a great villain. Well, actually, it’s not so much the villain that is great as the mask he wears; the skull mask is eerie and somewhat gruesome; it’s even missing some of its teeth. I wish I had enjoyed this one a little more than I did, but I attribute my relative lack of enjoyment of this one more to a certain degree of having somewhat O.D’d on these things lately rather than to any real problem with the serial itself; I suspect it will be well worth-revisiting under better circumstances. It’s probably not my favorite; I prefer at this point the silliness of THE LOST CITY or the grittiness of GANG BUSTERS, but this one definitely makes my top ten list of favorite serials.

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