Missile Base at Taniak (1966)

Article 2114 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-29-2006
Posting Date: 5-27-2007
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Featuring William Henry, Susan Morrow, Arthur Space

A mountie is on the trail of foreign agents intent on building a missile base which would destroy American cities in preparation for an upcoming invasion.

On a purely technical level, the later serials were easier to adapt into features, largely because the episodes were so short to begin with that once you removed the beginning and closing credits and duplicate cliffhanger footage, you were probably fairly close to feature length already. As a result, this one doesn’t jerk as quickly from one sequence to another, and has a better flow. The downside is that the later serials were usually pretty tired and dull to begin with, and the feature version can’t really hide that. As I did with the serial itself, I found the first half more interesting, as it dealt with the mountie joining an expedition of farmers in the Yukon Territory; simply by having most of the action in snow-covered settings, and by having a group of other people in the mix (other than just the good guys and bad guys), it upped the novelty value of the proceedings. The second half is a bore, and consists almost entirely of one chase after another. The fantastic content is non-existent; there are no gizmos, the missile base never gets built (which, considering they only had three men on the job, is no surprise), and, quite frankly, the spies’ plot never gets off the ground. Forgettable.


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