Portal:Serials

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Undersea Kingdom (1936) was Republic Pictures' second serial and a direct attempt to copy the success of Universal's Flash Gordon (1936). It featured "Crash" Corrigan in the role that gave him his screen name as a US Navy Lieutenant accompanying a professor and his crew in an expedition aboard his experimental "Rocket Submarine" to the sunken land of Atlantis.

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Spencer Gordon Bennet (5 January 1893 – 8 October 1987) is known as the "King of Serial Directors" because he directed more serials than anybody else. When he died in 1987, his tombstone was engraved "His Final Chapter".

He was born in Brooklyn, New York and first entered show business as a stunt man, when he answered a newspaper ad to jump from the Palisades of the Hudson River while wearing a suit for the serial Hurricane Hutch for $1 per foot he had to fall.

He made his directorial debut in 1921's Behold The Man but made his serial directorial debut in 1925 with the silent Sunken Silver. He would keep making serials, as well as B-Westerns features, until the very end of the genre, directing the very last two made in the United States in 1956, Blazing the Overland Trail and Perils of the Wilderness. Over his long career, Bennet directed over a hundred serials including both Superman serials, The Adventures of Sir Galahad, Batman and Robin, The Tiger Woman, Captain Video, and numerous western serials.

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Commando Cody from the Republic serial Radar Men from the Moon (1952)
The character was based on Jeff King from the earlier King of the Rocket Men
Cody returned in the 1953 television series Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe

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