William Witney

William Witney – Spy Smasher (1942)

One of the best serials ever made, Spy Smasher has managed to find favor even among non-serial aficionados. Like his fellow masked avenger, Batman, Spy Smasher possessed no super-human powers but was a mere mortal of flesh and blood.

In brief, Spy Smasher, alias Alan Armstrong (Kane Richmond, and his twin brother Jack (also Richmond) pursue a nefarious German agent known only as The Mask (Hans Schumm). Witney and screenwriters Ronald Davidson, Norman S. Hall, Joseph Poland, William Lively and Joseph O’Donnell imbued their hero with a dark uniform very similar to the one he wore in the comics, but added a fancy belt decorated with a large “V” for “Victory” and the morse code symbol for the letter, three dots and a dash. The coup de grace, so to speak, was Mort Glickman’s signature score adapted from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Read More »

William Witney – City of Shadows (1955)

Gangster Big Tim Channing raises young newsboy Dan Mason as his own son. Read More »

William Witney – I Escaped from Devil’s Island (1973)

In 1916, A group of prisoners plot their escape from the notorious fortress located in French Guiana. Read More »