The Black Widow (serial)
|The Black Widow|
|Directed by||Spencer Gordon Bennet
Fred C. Brannon
|Produced by||M. J. Frankovich|
|Written by||Franklin Adreon
I. Stanford Jolley
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
| 1 November 1947 (serial)
Early 1950s (TV)
1966 (TV film)
|13 chapters / 180 minutes (serial)
6 26½-minute episodes (TV)
100 minutes (TV film)
|Budget||$168,995 (negative cost: $186,314)|
Meanwhile, King Hitomu has sent his daughter Sombra to the United States to fulfill his plan for global domination. There she poses as a fortune teller and, with a gang of henchmen, attempts to steal a prototype Atomic Rocket Engine.
- Bruce Edwards as Steve Colt, Amateur criminologist on the trail of a series of bizarre murders
- Virginia Lindley as Joyce Winters
- Carol Forman as Sombra, daughter and agent of King Hitomu
- Anthony Warde as Nick Ward, a gangster working with Sombra
- Ramsay Ames as Ruth Dayton
- I. Stanford Jolley as Dr. Z.V Jaffa, scientist working with Sombra
- Theodore Gottlieb as Hitomu, intent on World Domination
- Forrest Taylor as Bradley, gang lawyer
This was one of only four 13-chapter serials to be released by Republic. Three of the four were released in 1947, the only original serials released in that year. The fourth serial of the year was a re-release of the 15-chapter, 1941 serial Jungle Girl. This marked the first time Republic had re-released a serial to add to their first run serial releases.
- Tom Steele as Steve Colt (doubling Bruce Edwards)
- Dale Van Sickel as Nick Ward (doubling Anthony Warde)
- Bud Wolfe as Nick Ward (doubling Anthony Warde)
Created by the Lydecker brothers.
The Black Widow's official release date is 1 November 1947, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.
In the early 1950s, The Black Widow was one of fourteen Republic serials edited into a television series. It was broadcast in six 26½-minute episodes.
The Black Widow was one of twenty-six Republic serials re-released as a film on television in 1966. The title of the film was changed to Sombra, the Spider Woman. This version was cut down to 100-minutes in length.
- Deadly Prophecy (20 min)
- The Stolen Formula (13min 20s)
- Hidden Death (13min 20s)
- Peril in the Sky (13min 20s)
- The Spider's Lair (13min 20s)
- Glass Guillotine (13min 20s)
- Wheels of Death (13min 20s)
- False Information (13min 20s)
- The Spider's Venom (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
- The Stolen Corpse (13min 20s)
- Death Dials a Number (13min 20s)
- The Talking Mirror (13min 20s)
- A Life for a Life (13min 20s)
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