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The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938) 12 Chapter Movie Serial - starring Lee Powell (Tom Grayson) and Herman Brix (Lieut. Colby) - later called Bruce Bennett 
Directed by William Witney and John English -- Republic Studio 
 
[The sound is slightly is Out of Sync with the picture.  Chap 12 loses its sound 3 minutes into the serial]

NOTE 1:  The serial is famous for its main villain, The Lightning—the very first costumed supervillain.  George Lucas has stated that his inspiration for the character Darth Vader was The Lightening.
NOTE 2:  William C. Cline's wrote [in his book, “A Cheer for the Champions - Chapter 5: The Heroes and Heroines”] that The Fighting Devil Dogs is one of the best mystery serials ever released, with a "colorful" mystery villain, "stirring" musical score and "magnificent" editing. He also notes that it is "apparently one of the least costly" serials ever released, with two recap chapters and stock footage taken from newsreels and earlier serial releases.  He states that it should be included in "any list of the ten best sound serials of all."
NOTE 3:  There's a bit of eeriness about Lee Powell's starring role as a Marine in The Fighting Devil Dogs, as he would be wearing a real Marine Corps uniform during World War II and fighting his way through various Pacific island jungles.   Lee enlisted in the Marines on August 17, 1942 in Los Angeles, and reported to the Marine base at San Diego, California as a recruit. After boot camp, he was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 18th Marines (Engineers), 2d Marine Division at Camp Elliott, California. Powell saw action at Tarawa (in 1943) and Saipan (in 1944). On July 30, 1944, Sgt. Lee Powell died on Tinian (Marianas Islands) after he lived through some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. 

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The Fighting Marines (1935) is a 12 Chapter Mascot movie serial. This was the last serial ever produced by Mascot. The studio was bought out and merged with others to become Republic Pictures.
Grant Withers as Corporal Larry Lawrence, 
Adrian Morris as Sergeant Mack McGowan, 
Ann Rutherford as Frances Schiller
George J. Lewis as Sergeant Schiller
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane

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1.  The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938) 12 Chapter Movie Serial - starring Lee Powell and Herman Brix   

[The sound is slightly is out of Sync with the picture.  Chap 12 loses its sound 3 minutes into the serial]

In Singapore, two US Marine Lieutenants, Tom Grayson (Lee Powell)  and Frank Corby (Herman Brix), discover the threat of a new villain called The Lightning, a masked villain who uses a powerful lightning based weapon in his bid for world conquest. Unfortunately, the battle becomes personal when The Lightning annihilates the officers' unit, and later kills Lt. Grayson's father as he was helping the investigation of the weapon. Now, those young marines have dedicated themselves to stopping The Lightning and bringing him to justice. 

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2.  The Fighting Marines (1935)  12 Chapter Mascot movie serial. 

When the United States Marine Corps starts building a landing strip on Halfway Island in the Pacific Ocean, they interfere with the secret hideout of the masked mystery villain, The Tiger Shark, who begins to sabotage their efforts. Sergeant Schiller (George J. Lewis ) is abducted by the villain after developing a gyrocompass that could pinpoint his location. Corporal Lawrence (Grant Withers) and Sergeant McGowan (Adrian Morris) attempt to rescue him and stop the Tiger Shark for good.
Corporal Lawrence and Sergeant McGowan  are also rivals for the love of Frances Schiller  (Ann Rutherford) who is Sergeant William Schiller’s sister.
 
Grant Withers as Corporal Larry Lawrence
Adrian Morris as Sergeant Mack McGowan
Ann Rutherford as Frances Schiller
George J. Lewis as Sergeant Schiller
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane
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