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S.O.S. Coast Guard [Serial] Details

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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. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast

Ralph Byrd
as Lt. Terry Kent
Bela Lugosi
as Boroff
Herbert Rawlinson
as Commander Boyle
Richard Alexander
as Thorg
Lee Ford
as Snapper McGee
John Picorri
as Rackerby
Lawrence Grant
as Rabinial
Thomas Carr
as Ens. Jim Kent
Carleton Young
as Dodds
Allen Connor
as Dick Norman
George Cheseboro
as Degade
Roy Barcroft
Edward Cassidy
as Patrol Boat Captain
Lester Dorr
as Hospital Radium Tech.
Jerry Frank
Joseph W. Girard
as Morovanian Emissary At Screening
Alexander Leftwich
as Captain of the Carfax
Frankie Marvin
as Gas Launch Thug
Henry Otho
as Chinese Cook
Buddy Roosevelt
as Patrol Boat Lieutenant
Frank Wayne
Dan Wolheim
as Capt. of the Sea Wolf
Duke York
as Sea Wolf Thug
Alexander Leftwich
as Captain of the Carfax
Edward Cassidy
as Patrol Boat Captain
Lester Dorr
as Hospital Radium Tech.
Buddy Roosevelt
as Patrol Boat Lieutenant
Dan Wolheim
as Capt. of the Sea Wolf
Joseph W. Girard
as Morovanian Emissary At Screening
Henry Otho
as Chinese Cook
Frankie Marvin
as Gas Launch Thug

Crew

Alan James
Director
Ford I. Beebe
Director
William Witney
Director
Ronald Davidson
Screen Story
Winston Miller
Screenwriter
Edward Lynn
Screenwriter
Barry Shipman
Screenwriter
William Nobles
Cinematographer
Alberto Colombo
Composer (Music Score)
Helene Turner
Editor
Theodore Lydecker
Special Effects
Howard Lydecker
Special Effects
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