BRUCE GENTRY, based on a short-lived but well-done post-World War Two adventure comic strip, begins in South America, where Bruce Gentry (Tom Neal), pilot and adventurer, is recruited by a US government agent (Dale Van Sickel) who needs to fly to the States in a hurry. After fighting off some thugs pursuing the agent, Bruce takes to the air with his passenger, who explains that he’s been gathering information on a plot engineered by an unnamed foreign power (it’s those Russians again!) and traitorous American fifth columnists that has as its goal the conquest of the nations of the Americas–North, Central, and South. The weapon the would-be-conquerors intend to use shortly after comes on the scene: a sinister flying saucer that heads for Bruce’s plane at an incredible rate of speed. Bruce escapes being hit by the strange projectile, though the heat waves it gives off cause some damage to his controls, and lands safely in the United States. Quite interested in this threat to the world, Bruce goes to consult his scientist friend Dr. Benson (Forrest Taylor) for his opinion on the makeup and source of the flying saucers–for the frightening things have been seen throughout the country, and no one can pinpoint their place of origin. However, Benson is kidnapped by a gang of thugs led by Allen (Jack Ingram) almost as soon as Bruce arrives at his house, despite Bruce’s attempts to stop the abduction. Shortly afterwards, Bruce is sought out by Paul Radcliffe (Hugh Prosser), an aircraft engineer and industrialist, who is interested in solving the mystery of the flying saucers and–possibly–mass-producing the things in his factories for peace-time uses (I can’t quite figure out what uses Radcliffe could make of them, but then I’m not an industrialist), and wants to enlist Bruce’s services in tracking them down. Bruce begins to investigate, and shortly afterwards locates the area that seems to be hiding the saucer’s testing grounds–the mountains and mesas adjoining the property of brother and sister ranchers Frank and Juanita Farrell (Ralph Hodges and Judy Clark). In the meantime, Krendon (Tristram Coffin), the leader of the foreign agents, forces Dr. Benson to lend his scientific know-how to the perfection of the deadly explosive saucers, but Krendon’s subsequent attempts to get his hands on the necessary materials for the project are continually thwarted by Bruce Gentry, who, with the help of Radcliffe and the Farrells, begins to get closer and closer to Krendon’s boss, the mysterious spy leader who calls himself, “The Recorder,” and only communicates with his followers by means of pre-recorded tapes.
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