Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. (1949) is a 12-episode black-and-white film serial produced by Republic Pictures during July 1948 and released in January 1949, an original screenplay written collaboratively by Royal K. Cole, Basil Dickey, William Lively and Sol Shor as a crime story with elements of "the mysterious Orient" incorporated in the plot.
|Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc.|
|Directed by||Fred C. Brannon|
|Produced by||Franklin Adreon|
|Written by||Royal K Cole|
Rosemary La Planche
|Music by||Stanley Wilson|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
|12 chapters / 167 minutes (serial)|
100 minutes (TV)
|Budget||$156,120 (negative cost: $155,807)|
Nila (Carol Forman), an Abistahnian criminal, and Spade Gordon (Roy Barcroft), an American gangster, conspire to form a super-mob dubbed Underworld, Incorporated, funded by the treasure of Kurigal I of Abistahn, instructions for the location of which are contained in hieroglyphics written on two golden statues in the shape of hands, found in Kurigal's tomb. When the professor in charge of the tomb's dig disappears under mysterious circumstances while translating the writing on one of the hands back at his American office, a team of special government agents led by David Worth (Kirk Alyn) and his aide Steve Evans, assisted by the professor's aide Laura Keith (Rosemary La Planche), set out to find the professor and the now-missing hands. The criminals manage to get possession of one of the Hands, but they need both of them to recreate the treasure map.
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. was budgeted at $156,120 although the final negative cost was $155,807 (a $313, or 0.2%, under spend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1949.
It was filmed between 6 July and 27 July 1948 under the working title Crime Fighters vs. Underworld, Inc. The serial's production number was 1701.
The special effects in this serial were created by the Howard & Theodore Lydecker, Republic's in-house effect team.
- The Golden Hands (20min)
- Criminals' Lair (13min 20s)
- Death in Disguise (13min 20s)
- Fatal Evidence (13min 20s)
- The Trapped Conspirator (13min 20s)
- Wheels of Disaster (13min 20s)
- The Hidden Key (13min 20s)
- The Enemy's Mouthpiece (13min 20s)
- The Stolen Hand (13min 20s)
- Unmasked (13min 20s)- a re-cap chapter
- Tombs of the Ancients (13min 20s)
- The Curse of Kurigal (13min 20s)
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