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The Spider's Web (1938)

A crime fighter known as The Spider battles a villain called The Octopus, who is out to sabotage America and install his own government.

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Robert E. Kent (screenplay), George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Hull ... Richard Wentworth / The Spider / Blinky McQuade
Iris Meredith ... Nita Van Sloan
Richard Fiske ... Jackson
Kenne Duncan ... Ram Singh (as Kenneth Duncan)
Forbes Murray ... Police Commissioner Stanley Kirk
Donald Douglas ... Jenkins - the Butler
Marc Lawrence ... Steve Harmon
Charles C. Wilson ... Chase (as Charles Wilson)
John Tyrrell ... Grafton - Henchman
Eugene Anderson Jr. Eugene Anderson Jr. ... Johnnie Sands (as Gene Anderson Jr.)
Ann Doran ... Mason's Secretary
Paul Whitney Paul Whitney ... Gray - the Banker
Beatrice Curtis Beatrice Curtis ... Kate Sands
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... J. Mason
Byron Foulger ... Allen Roberts
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Storyline

Posing as "The Spider", terror of the underworld, as well as Blinky McQuade, underworld habitue, Richard Wentworth (Warren Hull), celebrated criminologist, wages a desperate battle to foil the plans of The Octopus, whose outlaw gang is completly demoralizing the nation's transportation system. Wentworth's activities are quickly discovered by The Octopus, who is a member of the board of transportation businessmen who have requested Wentworth's help. The villain dispatches his minion of henchmen to kidnap Wentworth. The latter escapes , and disguised as Blinky hangs out at a hash-house dive known to be frequented by Octopus gang members, and learns that a passenger bus, loaded with explosives, is to be blown up. Disguised as The Spide and with the help of his faithful Sikh servant Ram Singh (Kenne Duncan), empties the bus terminal and drives the bus from the depot. The police, however, blame The Spider for the bombing. The wave of transportation terrorism continues and The Spider ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BASED UPON 'THE SPIDER' MAGAZINE STORIES. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spider: Master of Men See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This Columbia serial marked director James W. Horne's move from comedy to serials, where he would spend the rest of his career. See more »

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Main Title:"The Spider's Web" enclosed in a "Spider's Web". See more »

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Typical serialized action hero stuff
17 January 2000 | by gagewynSee all my reviews

This is an early serialized movie series. I only watched parts 1-5, but I feel sorry for a movie that, in all probability, no one has seen, much less commented on.

Apparently the best part of this movie is the getaway car, because my roommate would occasionally look up while I was watching this and next to, ÒAre you actually going to watch that all the way through?Ó her most common comment was, ÒWhat a cool car.Ó The car has an external step, so in getaways the crooks can jump on and keep shooting. They do this fairly often, and they also laugh maniacally, and leave loose ends in their evil plans for the Spider to pick up on. If the Spider needs a rope to swing from there is a rope there, as happens when he foils the bank heist. This is comic book style action for the twelve year old market of viewers, who now wonÕt be interested because the film is in black and white.

The other cool thing is that the Octopus has a fake arm to make people feel that they know what he is doing, while he keeps a gun trained on them. His evil minions dress like klansmen, not so much to make them look evil as because this was a cheap costume. The Spider wears a black over sized sock with holes cut in it, and a silver painted spider web on it.

If you do come across this my advice is not to bother watching it. Instead read a comic book. This should have a similar feel to the movie only portable.


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