Brenda Starr, Reporter (film)

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For the comic strip of the same name, see Brenda Starr, Reporter.
Brenda Starr, Reporter
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Directed by Wallace Fox
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by Ande Lamb
Dale Messick
George H. Plympton
Starring Joan Woodbury
Kane Richmond
Syd Saylor
Joe Devlin
Wheeler Oakman
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by Charles Henkel Jr.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 26, 1945 (1945-01-26)
Running time
13 chapters
243 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945) was the 25th film serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was inspired by Brenda Starr, a popular comic strip created by Dale Messick.

Plot[edit]

Daily Flash newspaper journalist Brenda Starr (Joan Woodbury), and her photographer, Chuck Allen (Syd Saylor), assigned to cover a fire in an old house where they discover the wounded Joe Heller (Wheeler Oakman),a mobster suspected of stealing a quarter-million dollar payroll. The dying Heller tells Brenda that someone took his satchel of stolen money and he gives her a coded message. Kruger (Jack Ingram), the gangster who shot Heller, escapes to his gang's hideout with the bag but discovers it is filled with paper rather than money. The gang, knowing Heller gave Brenda a coded message makes many attempts on her life to get her to reveal where Heller hid the payroll money. But thanks to Chuck and Police Lieutenant Larry Farrel (Kane Richmond), she evades them, until Pesky (William 'Billy' Benedict), a Daily Flash office boy succeeds in decoding the Heller message.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

The serial's theatrical release date was 26 January 1945.

Home media[edit]

Brenda Starr, Reporter is one of the last sound serials to be made available commercially. For many years, the serial was considered lost, with only a single known print in the hands of a private collector. The serial was released on DVD by VCI Entertainment in March 2011.

Critical reception[edit]

Cline writes that Woodbury "managed to carry the story from one episode to another in fine style, leaving herself in jeopardy just enough to require [Richmond's] services as a rescuer each week... [she] salvaged by her beauty and charm what might have been Katzman's greatest fiasco except for Who's Guilty?"[1]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Hot News
  2. The Blazing Trap
  3. Taken for a Ride
  4. A Ghost Walks
  5. The Big Boss Speaks
  6. Man Hunt
  7. Hideout of Terror
  8. Killer at Large
  9. Dark Magic
  10. A Double-cross Backfires
  11. On the Spot
  12. Murder at Night
  13. The Mystery of the Payroll

Source:[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cline, William C. (1984). "5. A Cheer for the Champions (The Heroes and Heroines)". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 95. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 240. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
Black Arrow (1944)
Columbia Serial
Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945)
Succeeded by
The Monster and the Ape (1945)