The Master Key: Universal's 64th of 69 sound-era serials (between "Jungle Queen" with Ruth Roman and their 2nd version of "Secret Agent X-9" with Lloyd Bridges), is set in 1938 with Nazi agents kidnapping scientist Professor Ellwood Henderson in order to get his Orotron machine that can extract gold from seawater. Operating under the secret leadership of "The Master Key", with the operatives headed by a German agent posing as a private investigator named Garrett Donovan, the gang is trailed by Federal agent Tom Brant, aided by police detective Lieutenant Jack Ryan and newspaper reporter Janet Lowe. Also aiding in the quest is Police Chief William J. O'Brien and his secretary Dorothy Arnold. It takes Brant nearly 12 of the 13 episodes to figure out that since the Nazis learn of his and Ryan's plans almost before they clear police headquarters, then "The Master Key" must be somebody close to them. Most of the leg-work is done by a group of boys under the leadership of candy-notions store owner Aggie with the leader of the club boys being one Alfred La Rue (prior to his "Lash" days) as Migsy. Lots of stock street footage from earlier Dead Ends/Little Tough Guys films made by Universal, and several other Universal serials.
|Ratings:||IMDB: N/A Metascore: N/A RT: N/A|
|Released:||April 25, 1945|
|Director:||Lewis D Collins|
|Actors:||Addison Richards Al Ferguson Arthur Loft Ben Taggart Bud Wolfe Buddy Gorman Byron Foulger Carl Mathews Charles McAvoy Charles Sherlock Chuck Hamilton Clifton Young Dale Van Sickel David Sharpe Dennis Moore Dick Curtis Dick French Edmund Cobb Edward Earle Edward Howard Ernie Adams Forrest Taylor Gene Roth George Chesebro George Lynn George M Carleton George Offerman Jr Harris Berger Horace B Carpenter Jack Clifford Jack Perrin Jack Rockwell Jan Wiley Jerry Shane Joe Devlin John Eldredge John Gannon John Merton Ken Terrell Kenneth Howell Kernan Cripps Lash La Rue Maris Wrixon Matty Fain Milburn Stone Neyle Morrow Pierce Lyden Richard Alexander Robert Barron Robert R Stephenson Roland Varno Russell Hicks Sarah Padden Sayre Dearing Tom Steele Walter Bonn William Frambes William Haade William Yetter Jr|
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