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Craig Kennedy - Criminologist (1952)

Donald Woods , Sydney Mason  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Donald Woods, Sydney Mason, Lewis Wilson, Tom Hubbard, William Justine
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Mono, NTSC, Digital Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 332 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Craig Kennedy - Criminologist" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on two discs

Editorial Reviews

Starting in 1912, and continuing over 20 years, "Craig Kennedy" appeared in hundreds of short stories, books and novels written by Arthur B Reeve. The public couldn't get enough of fiction's first detective to utilize modern criminal science to solve crimes. Movies, serials, a comic strip, and this television series followed. "Craig Kennedy, Criminologist" is a brisk series of mysteries produced for TV syndication in 35mm and performed by a cast of popular character actors. The series performed surprisingly well, in some markets actually besting competition such as "I Love Lucy" and "Your Show of Shows." Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Trailers| Bios| Craig Kennedy serial chapter from 1936,"The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand"| Photo Gallery| "Craig Kennedy - The American 'Sherlock Holmes'" (text)| "Craig Kennedy On Film" (text)| "Vintage promotional booklet: "Facts on Craig Kennedy"| Craig Kennedy comic strips| Craig Kennedy Filmography. Specs: 2-DVD9s; Dolby Digital Mono; B&W; 332 minutes; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA – NR; Year – 1952; SRP - $29.99.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early TV crime series March 24, 2007
This series was made on a very low budget, so the sets are cheap and the stories are performed by the same small group of actors who appear in every episode. This adds to the charm of the DVD set - seeing the chap, who in the previous story wore glasses and played a lawyer, don a moustache in this show to play a hoodlum.

At the end of each story, Craig Kennedy turns to camera and acknowledges the presence of the viewer. A corny gimmick, but nice to see.

The picture quality on this DVD set is excellent. And, as an extra, we get one episode of a 1936 Craig Kennedy movie serial.
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VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films present "CRAIG KENNEDY - CRIMINOLOGIST" (1952) --- (Dolby digitally remastered) ... our hero Craig Kennedy has appeared in hundreds of short stories, books and novels written by creator Arthur B Reeve ... the first fiction detective to use modern criminal science to solve cases ... each episode would open with the narrator "This is my city, my home it might be your city are like yours, law abiding citizens go about their business of working and providing good homes for their loved ones, and where destructive forces of crime and evil are also at work, in one way or another we're all immersed by crime, we're either on the side of law and order or against it, we're all in the battle of good and evil." ... all the episodes are from crisp and clear 35mm originals featuring the weekly cast of veteran actors to keep us in suspense.

Under Adrian Weiss (Director), Harry L. Fraser (Director), Adrian Weiss (Producer), Louis Weiss (Executive Producer), Ande Lamb (Screenwriter), Sherman L. Lowe (Screenwriter), Al Martin (Screenwriter), Arthur B. Reeve (Creator), Gordon Zahler (Original Score), Elmer Dyer (Cinematographer), Roland Price (Cinematographer), Stanley Frazen (Editor), Michael Luciano (Editor) ------ the cast includes Donald Woods (Craig Kennedy), Sydney Mason (Insp. J.J. Burke), Lewis G. Wilson (Walt Jameson), Tom Hubbard (Bob Ferrell), William Justine (Bill Brand), Jack Mulhall (Burt Simmons), Lane Bradford (Chuck Lanson), Barry Brooks (Alex Gordon), Alden 'Stephen' Chase (Carl Benson) ... another winner from the vaults of Kit Parker Films --- this is a must watch for the early televison buffs in all of us ... when TV was only considered a new invention or fad not to last for more than a few years.


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