John English

  • John English – Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

    1931-1940ActionAdventureJohn EnglishUSA

    Daredevils of the Red Circle” (1939) is a 12-Chapter Republic Movie Serial starring Charles Quigley, David Sharpe, Herman Brix (better known under his subsequent stage name, Bruce Bennett) and Charles Middleton. It was directed by William Witney and John English and is often considered one of the better serials produced by Republic. The serial was the fourteenth of the sixty-six serials produced by the studio.Read More »

  • John English & William Witney – King of the Royal Mounted (1940)

    1931-1940AdventureJohn EnglishUSAWarWilliam Witney

    In World War II, the Nazis require a special mineral, Compound X, discovered in Canada. Although intended to cure paralysis, the Nazis have discovered that it can be used in magnetic mines to destroy the British fleet and blockade America to prevent it assisting the Allies. The Mounties discover this plot and work to defeat and capture the Nazi spies sent to obtain the ore. Sgt King’s father is killed in the line of duty, saving his son from death on a circular saw, and leaving him to carry on the fight against the enemy.Read More »

  • John English – Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. (1941)

    1941-1950ActionCrimeJohn EnglishUSA

    Reviewing the serial it is still one of Republic’s best efforts, made at the peak of their creativity. Jim Harmon and Donald Glut have referred to “Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc.” as “The Best of Dick Tracy” since a lot of the action and cliffhanger footage is made up from the three previous serials. In essence, Republic took what they considered the most exciting scenes from earlier serials, and strung them together with a strong storyline. Unlike most of the post war serials that were constructed out of earlier serials, this one is not hampered by all of the reused footage.Read More »

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