S.O.S. Coast Guard [Serial]

S.O.S. Coast Guard [Serial]

Director: Ford I. Beebe, Alan James, William Witney
Cast: Ralph Byrd


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In his third of four action serials, horror star Bela Lugosi played Boroff, an internationally notorious fiend who's attempting to pawn off his deadly invention, a disintegrating gas, to the highest bidder. Before the gas can be manufactured, however, Boroff must go in search of certain hard to come by ingredients and the villain is thwarted at every step by US coastguard agent Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd and crusading newspaper woman Jean Norman (Maxine Doyle. In the serial's 12th and final chapter, "The Deadly Circle," Boroff is finally destroyed by his own invention, civilization thus saved for Democracy. Down on his luck by 1937, Lugosi could only watch as Republic Pictures' screenwriters Barry Shipman and Franklyn Adreon wickedly named his character "Boroff," an obvious reference to Lugosi-rival Boris Karloff. S. O. S. Coastguard nevertheless emerged as one of the Hungarian star's better vehicles, in no small measure due to its vigorous hero, Ralph Byrd, a handsome actor perhaps better remembered from Republic's Dick Tracy serials.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
UPC: 0089859837326
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 3:50:00
Sales rank: 35,690

Special Features

Chapter selection menu; Bios; Bonus serial trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Byrd Lt. Terry Kent
Bela Lugosi Boroff
Maxine Doyle Jean Norman
Herbert Rawlinson Commander Boyle
Richard Alexander Thorg
Lee Ford Snapper McGee
John Picorri Rackerby
Lawrence Grant Rabinial
Thomas Carr Ens. Jim Kent
Carleton Young Dodds
Allen Connor Dick Norman
George Cheseboro Degade
Ranny Weeks Wies
Roy Barcroft Actor
Edward Cassidy Patrol Boat Captain
Jack Daley Sailor on the Carfax
Lester Dorr Hospital Radium Tech.
Jerry Frank Actor
Joseph W. Girard Morovanian Emissary At Screening
Alexander Leftwich Captain of the Carfax
Frankie Marvin Gas Launch Thug
Edwin Mordant Dr. Meade
Michael Morgan Coastguardsman Moore
Henry Otho Chinese Cook
Buddy Roosevelt Patrol Boat Lieutenant
Frank Wayne Actor
Dan Wolheim Capt. of the Sea Wolf
Duke York Sea Wolf Thug

Technical Credits
Ford I. Beebe Director
Alan James Director
William Witney Director
Franklin Adreon Screenwriter
Alberto Colombo Score Composer
Morgan Cox Original Story
Jack Coyle Special Effects
Ronald Davidson Original Story
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Edward Lynn Screenwriter
Winston Miller Screenwriter
William Nobles Cinematographer
Barry Shipman Screenwriter
Helene Turner Editor

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