William Witney

  • 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 »

  • William Witney – Spy Smasher (1942)

    1941-1950AdventureThrillerUSAWilliam Witney

    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 »

  • 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 »

  • William Witney – City of Shadows (1955)

    1951-1960CrimeDramaUSAWilliam Witney

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

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

    1971-1980ActionExploitationUSAWilliam Witney

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

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