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Don Winslow of the Navy (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, War | 6 January 1942 (USA)
US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of the islands near Pearl Harbor. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying ... See full summary »


Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor


Paul Huston (screenplay), Griffin Jay (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Terry ... Cmdr. Don Winslow
Walter Sande ... Lt. Red Pennington
John Litel ... Spencer Merlin
Wade Boteler ... Mike Splendor
Samuel S. Hinds ... Adm. Colby - The CINC-US [Ch. 1]
Claire Dodd ... Mercedes Colby
Anne Nagel ... Misty Gaye
Ben Taggart ... John Blake
Kurt Katch ... The Scorpion
Herbert Rawlinson ... Adm. Warburton [Ch. 1]
Dirk Thane Dirk Thane ... Lt. Cmdr. Grady [Chs. 1, 12]
John Holland ... Paul Barsac
Arthur Loft ... Tranker - Submarine Z-37 Captain [Chs. 1-2]
Paul Bryar ... Kramer - [Chs. 3-4]
Ethan Laidlaw ... Spike - Henchman


US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of the islands near Pearl Harbor. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort. He sets out with his trusted assistant and two beautiful women to find the mastermind behind these nefarious activities. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Navy's ace Intelligence Officer...blasting spies and saboteurs to save a nation's vital lifeline! See more »


Action | Adventure | War


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Release Date:

6 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Marinheiro Invencível See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Human Torpedo
  • 2. Flaming Death
  • 3. Weapons at Home
  • 4. Towering Doom
  • 5. Trapped in the Dungeon
  • 6. Menaced by Man-Eaters
  • 7. Bombed By the Enemy
  • 8. Chamber of Doom
  • 9. Wings of Destruction
  • 10.Fighting Fathoms Deep
  • 11.Caught in the Caverns
  • 12.The Scorpion Strangled
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Chapter 10 foreword: It states that Barsac was in the dive bomber. Oops! He was later seen in the secret sub base. See more »


Fingal's Cave Overture
by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Solid Adventure
1 August 2006 | by cnjohnSee all my reviews

I am partway through V.1 of "Don Winslow of the Navy"- so far, so good! At first it was a scare because the title screen and credits were very badly reproduced, with plenty of scratches and not even centered correctly. The actual episodes were considerably better, although I did find them a little dark overall.

It was so refreshing to be back in a period when the US was truly the "good guy", where the president was loved and followed by nearly everyone, when America had a special spirit. The enemy was well-defined, and although it was a horrific war, as all of them are, at least it made sense.

The acting is better than some, with the cast seeming more enthusiastic than certain other serials of the same age. Is it as good as Flash Gordon? Well, no, not so far, but it could get better. As is I have no regrets- it's quite watchable.

The Scorpion is a real propaganda-evil enemy, but he sounds German. Since Winslow operates near Pearl Harbor, I'd expect a Japanese enemy to be more appropriate. Maybe he is both! The cliff-hanging parts could be done better, but I guess all the serials followed the same model. The fights also weren't as realistic as they could be, but this was to lure kids back to the theater the next week, not get Academy Awards. I did wonder why so many young, healthy actors were not drafted themselves! You can't really go wrong with Don Winslow of the Navy, especially if you shop a little since it is about as inexpensive as you can get.

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