Mandrake the Magician (1939 movie serial)
|Country:||USA / English|
Mandrake and Lothar help Professor Houston (and his lovely daughter Betty) protect his radium energy machine from the head of an underworld gang, a sinister criminal genius known as "The Wasp".
The Wasp will stop at nothing to steal the scientists invention. His evil machinations to obtain the device include blowing up a radio station, a power plant, and a dam. Fortunately, his dastardly deeds cause only minimal damage because of the timely intervention of the quick-witted Mandrake, who has vowed to stop The Wasp.
Cast & Crew
Writing credits (screenplay)
- Joseph F. Poland
- Basil Dickey
- Ned Dandy
- Sam Nelson and
- Norman Deming
- Jack Fier
- Dick Fantl
- Lee Zahler
- Benjamin Kline
- Warren Hull as Mandrake
- Al Kikume as Lothar
- Doris Weston as Betty Houston
- Rex Downing as Tommy Houston
- Edward Earle as Dr. Andre Bennett
- Forbes Murray as Professor Houston
- Kenneth MacDonald as James Webster
- Don Beddoe as Frank Raymond
- Dick Curtis as Dorgan, Thug (Chs. 6, 7, 8)
- John Tyrrell as Dirk, lead thug
- Stanley Brown as Green, thug (Chs. 1, 2, 4)
- Beatrice Curtis as Rest Home Nurse (Chs. 3,10)
- Robert Sterling as Henchman
- Sam Ash as George Regan, hypnotist (Chs. 3, 4, 5)
- Lester Dorr as Gray, gas station thug [Chs. 8, 9]
- Ernie Adams as Henchman Brown (Chs. 2, 3)
- Eddie Fetherston as Rest Home, Henchman (Chs. 10, 11)
- Eddie Foster as Ed Blowdart, Henchman (Chs. 1, 2, 3)
- Shadow On The Wall
- Trap Of The Wasp
- City Of Terror
- The Secret Passage
- The Devil’s Playmate
- The Fatal Crash
- Gamble For Life
- Across The Deadline
- Terror Rides The Rails
- The Unseen Monster
- At The Stroke Of Eight
- The Reward Of Treachery
Like most serials, the film had a relatively low budget.
Behind the scenes
Storyboard drawings in watercolor by Glenn Cravath.
Preliminary movie poster banner in watercolor by Glenn Cravath.
The serial was released on a double-disc DVD by VCI Video in 2003.
Originally released on VHS.
|Team Ups, Mandrake outside the comic strips, Varia|
1939 Movie Serial • 1940 Radio Show • 1954 TV Pilot • 1967 Killing vs Mandrake • 1979 TV Movie • Unproduced and Unfinished Films • Musical: Mandrake the Magician and the Enchantress • Prose Stories • Defenders of the Earth • Comics on TV • Pop Art