Mandrake the Magician (serial)

Mandrake the Magician (1939) is the seventh serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was based upon the comic strip of the same name.

Mandrake the Magician
Directed byNorman Deming
Sam Nelson
Produced byJack Fier
Written byJoseph F. Poland
Basil Dickey
Ned Dandy
Screenplay, based on the comic strip by
Phil Davis
Lee Falk
StarringWarren Hull
Doris Weston
Al Kikume
Rex Downing
Music byMorris Stoloff
musical director
Sidney Cutner
Floyd Morgan
additional music
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byRichard Fantl
Jerry Thoms
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 7, 1939 (1939-12-07)
Running time
12 chapters (215 minutes)
CountryUnited States


Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by a masked crime lord known as "The Wasp". The Wasp unleashes his army of accomplices in waves to steal the invention by any means necessary. Mandrake and his allies finally catch up to "The Wasp" and discover the crime lord is actually a scientist who posed as a close friend of Houston's.


Chapter titles

  1. Shadow on the Wall
  2. Trap of the Wasp
  3. City of Terror
  4. The Secret Passage
  5. The Devil's Playmate
  6. The Fatal Crash
  7. Gamble for Life
  8. Across the Deadline
  9. Terror Rides the Rails
  10. The Unseen Monster
  11. At the Stroke of Eight
  12. The Reward of Treachery


See also


  1. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 224. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Flying G-Men (1939)
Columbia Serial
Mandrake the Magician (1939)
Succeeded by
Overland with Kit Carson (1939)
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