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Professor Chambers (Kenne Duncan) has made a groundbreaking invention:
The cyclotrode, a device that can repel any kind of atomic explosion.
Thing is, there is a skull-masked baddie only known as the Crimson Ghost
who desperately wants to get his hands on it, to remodel it as an
offensive weapon. Problem is, nobody knows who the Crimson Ghost is, but
it is known he's to be found within the professor's scientific cycle. When
the Ghost and his men try to steal the cyclotrode by force, the professor
smashes the device, so the Ghost has the professor kidnapped, then he
equips him with a mind-controlling device and has him fetch the only
duplicate from the gouvernment-controlled storage.
Both the professor
and the cyclotrode gone alerts his closest confidant Duncan (Charles
Quigley), and also his lab assistant Diana (Linda Stirling), who soon team
up to track down the professor.
The Ghost wants the professor to build a
larger version of the cyclotrode, and to that end, the professor tries to
trick the ghost into getting him some radioactive material easy to spot by
a radioactivity detecion device he has developed with Duncan - but
unintetnionally, the professor lures Duncan into a trap that almost costs
him his life. And ultimately, he gives his own life saving Duncan.
now on, the Crimson Ghost tries to build a larger scale model of the
cyclotrode on his own, but he runs into problem after problem because he
needs all sorts of equipment under lock and key by the gouvernment and
makes up insane plan after insane plan to steal it, usually sending his
henchman Ashe (Clayton Moore) to do the job, but at one instant, he also
brainwashes Diana into obedience via a mind-controlling device (something Duncan can counteract of
course). While the Ghost's attempts usually fail, Duncan gets closer and
closer to find out who the Ghost actually is, finally also finds the
device the Ghost uses to listen in on his conversations in his office, and
thus he leads the Ghost into a trap where the Ghost thinks Duncan has a
device to render the cyclotrode useless, so he has it stolen ... but it
was only a ploy for Duncan to finally get a clue to the Ghost's hide-out -
where Duncan can finally destroy the cyclotrode for good, and unmask the
Ghost ... beind a very inconspicuous member of the scientific cycle of
The Crimson Ghost is one of the better serials from
the mid-40's, basically because it moves at a steady pace and blends
fast-moving action with pulp mainstays quite well, does feature a handful
of new ideas with each episodes, it's got an enjoyably strong female lead
go-to action girl Linda Stirling, and it manages to uphold tension
throughout by moving the story, as repetitive as it migh be, forward with
each episode. Not a classic most certainly, but one of the better serials
of its era.