The Iron Claw (1941 serial)

The Iron Claw (1941) was the 15th serial released by Columbia Pictures .

The Iron Claw
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames W. Horne
Carl Hiecke (asst.)
Produced byLarry Darmour
Written byBasil Dickey
George H. Plympton
Jesse Duffy
Charles R. Condon
Jack Stanley
Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
StarringCharles Quigley
Joyce Bryant
Walter Sande
Forrest Taylor
Music byLee Zahler
CinematographyJames S. Brown Jr.
Edited byDwight Caldwell
Earl Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 15, 1941 (1941-08-15)
Running time
15 episodes
289 minutes
CountryUnited States


A Fortune in gold, taken from the wreck of a Spanish galleon, is hidden in the home of Anton Benson, a reclusive miser. The entire Benson family and household want the gold for themselves, including a mystery villain known as The Iron Claw. Newspaper journalist Bob Lane, with his photographer Jack Strong and Benton's niece Patricia, attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery.


Charles QuigleyBob Lane
Joyce BryantPatricia Benson
Walter SandeJack Strong
Forrest TaylorAnton Benson
Norman WillisRoy Benson, Landong's partner in crime
Alex CallamDr. James Benson/The Iron Claw
James MetcalfeCulver Benson
Allen DooneSimon Leach
Edythe ElliottMilly Leach
John BeckGyves, the butler
Charles KingSilk Langdon, Chief henchman
James C. Morton    Detective Casey
Hal PriceO'Malley

Chapter titles

  1. The Shaft of Doom
  2. The Murderous Mirror
  3. The Drop of Destiny
  4. The Fatal Fuse
  5. The Fiery Fall
  6. The Ship Log Talks
  7. The Mystic Map
  8. The Perilous Pit
  9. The Cul-de-sac
  10. The Curse of the Cave
  11. The Doctor's Bargain
  12. Vapors of Evil
  13. The Secret Door
  14. The Evil Eye
  15. The Claw's Collapse



  1. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 231. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

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