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The Crimson Ghost Directed by Fred C. Brannon
William Witney Produced by Ronald Davidson Written by Albert DeMond
Sol Shor Starring Charles Quigley
I. Stanford Jolley
Joseph Forte Cinematography Bud Thackery Distributed by Republic Pictures Release dates
26 October 1946 (U.S.) (serial)
U.S. Early 1950s (TV)
U.S. 1966 (TV film) Running time
12 chapters / 167 minutes (serial)
6 26½-minute episodes (TV)
100 minutes (TV film) Country United States Language English Budget $161,174 The Crimson Ghost (1946) is a Republic film serial directed by Fred C. Brannon and William Witney with Charles Quigley and Linda Stirling playing the leads. This was Witney's last serial, after a career that left him one of the most praised of all serial directors. The serial was re-released as a six-episode television series in the 1950s and as a television film called Cyclotrode "X" in 1966. In the 1990s The Crimson Ghost was one of only two Republic serials to be colorised. The villain of the serial, the Crimson Ghost of the title, is one of the most visually striking of the medium. The horror punk band Misfits adapted his visage as their skull logo, and he has appeared in the music video for the song "The Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Release
- 5 Critical reception
- 6 Chapter titles
- 7 Influence
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Plot This section requires expansion. (May 2008) A mysterious villain, the eponymous Crimson Ghost, is determined to steal a counter atomic device known as Cyclotrode X, which can short out any electrical device.
Production The Crimson Ghost was budgeted at $137,912, although the final negative cost was $161,174 (a $23,262, or 16.9%, overspend). It was the most expensive Republic serial of 1946 It was filmed between 28 March and 24 April 1946 under the working title The Scarlet Shadow. The serial's production number was 1597.
- Charles Quigley as Duncan Richards
- Linda Stirling as Diana Farnsworth
- Clayton Moore as Ashe
- I. Stanford Jolley as Doctor Blackton and the Voice of the Crimson Ghost
- Kenne Duncan as Dr. Chambers
- Forrest Taylor as Professor Van Wyck
- Emmett Vogan as Anderson
- Sam Flint as Maxwell
- Joseph Forte as Professor Parker/the Crimson Ghost
- Stanley Price as Count Fator
In order to prevent the audience deducing the identity of the Crimson Ghost, the studio cast stunt-man Bud Geary to embody the villain while several actors supplied the voice, including I. Stanford Jolley. Jolley's role was minor but he received fourth-billing and was therefore highly suspect. When The Crimson Ghost was unmasked in the 12th and final chapter, he proved to be yet another actor entirely, Joseph Forte, who had played a character seemingly above suspicion at that point in the serial.
Television's future Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore, played a rare villainous role in this serial as one of the Crimson Ghost's henchmen, a cold-hearted gangster named Ashe. This was director William Witney's last serial. His first was The Painted Stallion in 1937 and prior to this production had temporarily left the serial business to serve in World War II.
Special effects The special effects were produced by Republic's Lydecker brothers.
- Dale Van Sickel as Duncan Richards (doubling Charles Quigley)
- Polly Burson as Diana Farnsworth (doubling Linda Stirling)
- Tom Steele as Ashe (doubling Clayton Moore & I. Stanford Jolley)
- Joe Yrigoyen as Duncan Richards & Count Fator (doubling Charles Quigley & Stanley Price)
Release Theatrical The Crimson Ghost's official release date is 26 October 1946, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.
Television In the early 1950s, The Crimson Ghost was one of fourteen Republic serials edited into a television series. It was broadcast in six 26½-minute episodes. The Crimson Ghost was one of twenty-six Republic serials re-released as a film on television in 1966. The title of the film was changed to Cyclotrode "X". This version was cut down to 100-minutes in length. The Crimson Ghost was one of two Republic serials to be colorised in the 1990s.
Critical reception Cline believes that the Crimson Ghost is the most striking and visually fascinating villain in any film serial.
- Atomic Peril (20 min)
- Thunderbolt (13min 20s)
- The Fatal Sacrifice (13min 20s)
- The Laughing Skull (13min 20s)
- Flaming Death (13min 20s)
- Mystery of the Mountain (13min 20s)
- Electrocution (13min 20s)
- The Slave Collar (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
- Blazing Fury (13min 20s)
- The Trap that Failed (13min 20s)
- Double Murder (13min 20s)
- The Invisible Trail (13min 20s)
Influence The poster for a March 28, 1979 show at Max's Kansas City featured the first use of the Crimson Ghost  by the band Misfits. The cover art for their Horror Business EP, the band's third single, would be the first time that the character would appear on a release by the band. It would continue to be used as the band's mascot and its skull image continues to serve as the Misfits' logo.
Iron Maiden have also used the Crimson Ghost in their "The Number of the Beast" music video.
In the 2007 remake of Halloween, a little boy (Skyler Gisondo playing Tommy Doyle) is wearing a Crimson Ghost costume.
See also References
- Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Daughter of Don Q (1946) Republic Serial
The Crimson Ghost (1946) Succeeded by
Son of Zorro (1947) [show]
Films directed by William Witney
- English-language films
- 1946 films
- 1940s adventure films
- Black-and-white films
- American films
- Republic Pictures film serials
- Films directed by William Witney
- Films directed by Fred C. Brannon
- 1940s crime films