The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (serial)

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The Adventures of Smilin' Jack
Directed by Lewis D. Collins,
Ray Taylor
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 1943 (1943)
Running time 13 chapters (265 min)
Country United States
Language English

The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943) is a Universal movie serial based on the comic strip The Adventures of Smilin' Jack.


Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, the governments of China and the US mount a joint operation to prevent the Germans and Japanese from taking over the strategic and remote Mandon Island...



The serial was based on the comic strip by Zack Moseley but it was not in the spirit of the strip as would normally be expected from a Universal production. Very little of the original comic strip was used and a new character, Tommy Thompson, was created by Universal. The similarity to Tommy Tomkins, of the Tailspin Tommy stories, may imply a crossover of sorts. Cline suggests that it was "a quick attempt to get a story on screen about a topical subject, and could have had almost any flyer with any name as a hero.”[1][2]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. The High Road to Doom
  2. The Rising Sun Strikes
  3. Attacked by Bombers
  4. Knives of Vengeance
  5. A Watery Grave
  6. Escape by Clipper
  7. Fifteen Fathoms Below
  8. Treachery at Sea
  9. The Bridge of Peril
  10. Blackout in the Islands
  11. Held for Treason
  12. The Torture Fire Test
  13. Sinking the Rising Sun



  1. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 19. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  2. ^ Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "7. The Aviators "Land That Plane at Once, You Crazy Fool"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9. 
  3. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 234. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
Overland Mail (1942)
Universal Serial
The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)
Succeeded by
Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943)