The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (serial)

The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943) is a Universal movie serial based on the comic strip The Adventures of Smilin' Jack. It was directed by Lewis D. Collins and Ray Taylor.

The Adventures of Smilin' Jack
Directed byLewis D. Collins,
Ray Taylor
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • 1943 (1943)
Running time
13 chapters (265 min)
CountryUnited States


In 1941, an American aviator, 'Smilin' Jack' Martin wishes to resign as an advisor to the Nationalist Chinese Army in order to return to the United States to enlist as an aviator in America's military buildup prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He is delayed when the Chinese discover that the neutral Tibetan like Mandon "Province" contains a secret road from India to China crucial for the Allied war effort. Determined to obtain the secret for themselves, or equally determined to have the secret destroyed is the Japanese espionage organisation "The Black Samurai" and the German intelligence agent Fräulein von Teufel who masquerades as an American newspaper reporter.



The serial was based on the comic strip by Zack Moseley but it was not in the spirit of the strip as would normally be expected from a Universal production. Very little of the original comic strip was used and a new character, Tommy Thompson, was created by Universal. The similarity to Tommy Tomkins, of the Tailspin Tommy stories, may imply a crossover of sorts. Cline suggests that it was "a quick attempt to get a story on screen about a topical subject, and could have had almost any flyer with any name as a hero.”[1][2]

Chapter titles

  1. The High Road to Doom
  2. The Rising Sun Strikes
  3. Attacked by Bombers
  4. Knives of Vengeance
  5. A Watery Grave
  6. Escape by Clipper
  7. Fifteen Fathoms Below
  8. Treachery at Sea
  9. The Bridge of Peril
  10. Blackout in the Islands
  11. Held for Treason
  12. The Torture Fire Test
  13. Sinking the Rising Sun



United Nations means united friends-Capt. Wing


  1. Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 19. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  2. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "7. The Aviators "Land That Plane at Once, You Crazy Fool"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 234. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

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Preceded by
Overland Mail (1942)
Universal Serial
The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)
Succeeded by
Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943)
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