RADAR PATROL VS. SPY KING (1950)
Article #1346 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-20-2004
Posting Date: 4-19-2005
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Featuring Kirk Alyn, Jean Dean, Anthony Warde
A saboteur is trying to thwart the attempts of the government to make a radar ring by developing a device to neutralize it.
One of the distinguishing qualities of a Republic serial is that they featured many kinetic fight scenes, both exciting and somewhat funny in their high energy and their destructive nature. However, as time went by, the budgets got smaller and the inspiration dwindled, and the biggest thing I noticed about this serial from the later forties/early fifties is that the fight scenes lack that special energy. Neither the villain nor the hero are particularly memorable here, most of the cliffhangers were pretty standard and uninspired, and I found this one to be pretty dull going. The science fiction elements are also very slight. This is not one of Republic’s better serials.