|Directed by||Spencer Gordon Bennet
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Written by||Lewis Clay
George H. Plympton
Joseph F. Poland
Ray Bailey (character)
|Music by||Mischa Bakaleinikoff|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||Dwight Caldwell
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||10 February 1949|
|Running time||15 chapters|
Bruce Gentry (1949) is a Columbia movie serial based on the Bruce Gentry comic strip created by Ray Bailey. It may contain the first cinematic appearance of a flying saucer, here the secret weapon of the villainous Recorder.
Characters and story
Dr Benson, a friend of charter pilot Bruce Gentry, kidnapped by the masked mystery villain, the Recorder (who only issues orders through recordings), in order to perfect the villain's flying saucers. Industrialist Paul Radcliffe hires Bruce to investigate the saucers as he thinks they may have a commercial use.
Necessary for the production of the flying saucers is a mineral called Platonite. The Recorder's only source, an abandoned mine on the land belonging to Jaunita and Frank Farrell, has run dry and he needs to steal supplies from the US Government.
- Tom Neal as Bruce Gentry, "Daredevil of the Skies" and charter pilot
- Judy Clark as Juanita Farrell, Young rancher whom The Recorder is trying to chase away from her land
- Ralph Hodges as Frank Farrell, Young rancher whom The Recorder is trying to chase away from his land
- Forrest Taylor as Dr Alexander Benson, Kidnapped scientist
- Hugh Prosser as Paul Radcliffe, Industrialist who hires Bruce Gordon to investigate
- Tristram Coffin as Krendon, Lead henchman of The Recorder
- Jack Ingram as Allen
- Terry Frost as Chandler
- Eddie Parker as Gregg
- Charles King as Ivor
- Stephen Carr as Adrian Hill
- Dale Van Sickel as Gregory, US Government Agent
The flying disc is described by Harmon and Glut as "an embarrassingly bad animated cartoon drawn over the action scenes." Animation also appears in the resolution of a cliffhanger, in which an animated Gentry is used instead of a stuntman.
The flying disc may, however, be the first cinematic appearance of a flying saucer.
At the end of chapter fourteen, Gentry drives over a cliff on a motorbike. In the resolution at the beginning of chapter fifteen, Gentry is replaced by an animation which shows him escaping death by use of a parachute hidden under his jacket.
The cliffhangers, and their resolutions, in chapters one and twelve are almost identical.
According to Harmon and Glut, Bruce Gentry was "one of Columbia's closest attempts at imitating the serials of Republic, a studio known for superbly staged action sequences" but it did not equal Republic's standards.
Cline describes the serial as a "pretty good airplane adventure."
- The Mysterious Disc
- The Mine of Menace
- Fiery Furnace
- Grande Crossing
- Danger Trail
- A Flight for Life
- A Flying Disc
- Fate Takes the Wheel
- Hazardous Heights
- Over the Falls
- Gentry at Bay
- Parachute of Peril
- Menace of the Mesa
- Bruce's Strategy
- The Final Disc
- Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut. "7. The Aviators "Land That Plane at Once, You Crazy Fool"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 158–159. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
- Bruce Gentry, Serial Filler, retrieved 20/04/07
- Cline, William C. "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 27. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
- Cline, William C. "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 248. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
- Bruce Gentry at the Internet Movie Database
- Bruce Gentry article at Todd Gault's Move Serial Experience
- Bruce Gentry at Toonopedia
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