Brick Bradford (serial)
Spencer Gordon Bennet|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
George H. Plympton
Screenplay, based on the comic strip created by
|Music by||Mischa Bakaleinikoff|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||Earl Turner|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Brick Bradford is assigned by the government to aid Doctor Gregor Tymak, scientist and inventor who is working on an "Interceptor Ray" that can destroy incoming rockets. Unfortunately, it can also be used as a death ray, bringing it to the attention of foreign spy agent Laydron. Tymak uses his door into the fifth dimension to escape criminals and it takes him to the far side of the Moon (which luckily has air and is a rocky terrain without craters). There he is captured and sentenced to die by freezing to absolute zero by the Queen Khana, despot of the Moon, because they do not believe he has come from the Earth.
The action moves to the Moon as the ray requires a special element called Lunarium (with an atomic mass of 200) previously only found in a meteorite. Working with exiles in the lunar wasteland, the heroes overthrow Queen Khana and return with the Lunarium.
However, the device still requires a formula hidden on an uncharted island 200 years in the past, so Brick and sidekick Sandy Sanderson travel in Tymak's time machine, the Time Top, to retrieve it. The final third of the serial is spent on modern day Earth with more trouble from the spy Laydron.
|Kane Richmond||Brick Bradford|
|Rick Vallin||Sandy Sanderson|
|Linda Leighton||June Salisbury|
|Pierre Watkin||Professor Salisbury|
|Charles Quigley||Laydron, villainous spy|
|Jack Ingram||Albers, henchmen|
|Fred Graham||Black, henchmen|
|John Merton||Dr. Tymak|
|Leonard Penn||Eric Byrus, Tymak's assistant|
|Wheeler Oakman||Louis Walthar, Tymak's assistant|
|Carol Foreman||Queen Khana|
|Helene Stanley||Carol Preston, daughter of the leader of the lunar Exiles|
Brick Bradford was the first of only three science fiction serials released by Columbia.
The serial was broken into three sections, each of which was written by a different screenwriter. The first section, chapters one to five, was written by George Plympton. The middle section, chapters six to ten, was written by Hoerl. The end of the serial, chapters eleven to fifteen, was written by Clay.
Harmon and Glut describes the serial as a "rather shoddy, low budget space cliffhanger." Hoerl's middle segment is full of in-jokes at the serial's expense while the final section by Clay is boring with a constant repetition of capture and escape sequences.
Cline considers Brick Bradford to be a "mediocre serial that enjoyed a wide audience.".
- Atomic Defense
- Flight to the Moon
- Prisoners to the Moon
- Into the Volcano
- Bradford at Bay
- Back to Earth
- Into Another Century
- Buried Treasure
- Trapped in the Time Top
- The Unseen Hand
- Poison Gas
- Door to Disaster
- Sinister Rendezvous
- River of Revenge
- For the Peace of the World
- Brick Bradford (Latin America)
- Aventures of Brick Bradford, Les (France)
- Zÿn Avonturen Brick Bradford, En (Belgium)
- Cline, William C. "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 34. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
- Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut. "2. "We Come from 'Earth', Don't You Understand?"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 45–47. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
- Cline, William C. "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 246. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.