Bruce Gentry

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Bruce Gentry
Bruce Gentry FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Thomas Carr
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by Lewis Clay
George H. Plympton
Joseph F. Poland
Ray Bailey (character)
Starring Tom Neal
Judy Clark
Ralph Hodges
Forrest Taylor
Hugh Prosser
Tristram Coffin
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by Dwight Caldwell
Earl Turner
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) United States 10 February 1949
Running time 15 chapters
Country  United States
Language English

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[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[1]

The flying disc may, however, be the first cinematic appearance of a flying saucer.[2]

Cliffhangers[edit]

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.[1]

The cliffhangers, and their resolutions, in chapters one and twelve are almost identical.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

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.[1]

Cline describes the serial as a "pretty good airplane adventure."[3]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. The Mysterious Disc
  2. The Mine of Menace
  3. Fiery Furnace
  4. Grande Crossing
  5. Danger Trail
  6. A Flight for Life
  7. A Flying Disc
  8. Fate Takes the Wheel
  9. Hazardous Heights
  10. Over the Falls
  11. Gentry at Bay
  12. Parachute of Peril
  13. Menace of the Mesa
  14. Bruce's Strategy
  15. The Final Disc

Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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. 
  2. ^ Bruce Gentry, Serial Filler, retrieved 20/04/07
  3. ^ Cline, William C. "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 27. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  4. ^ Cline, William C. "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 248. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
Congo Bill (1948)
Columbia Serial
Bruce Gentry (1949)
Succeeded by
Batman and Robin (1949)