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Don Winslow of the Navy - Volumes 1 & 2 (Complete Serial) (2-DVD) (1942)

Don Terry , Ann Nagel  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Terry, Ann Nagel, Claire Dodd
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDKAGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don Winslow of the Navy - Volumes 1 & 2 (Complete Serial) (2-DVD)" on IMDb

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The complete ""Don Winslow of the Navy"" serial on two DVDs.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Once outside the burning.... March 23, 2009
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For anyone old enough to remember the Saturday afternoon matinee movie experience, the action/adventure serial was usually the highlight of a weekly theater line up that might start with six to eight cartoons and end with another gang of cattle rustlers and varmints either behind bars or at least being run off the range by the likes of Gene Autry or William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd. While the cartoons were mostly fantasy fun, (except for the sing-alongs which seemed out of place in a auditorium screaming with the manic energy of hundreds of sugar-jazzed kids,) and the westerns rarely reached for anything more symbolic than crime doesn't pay horse opera story lines, the serials helped define the real world as a place full of dangerous men who sometimes wore very elaborate costumes or at least off the rack ill-fitting suits with hats that never blew off their well oiled hair while driving cars with fancy hood ornaments that could serve as the perfect paint spray applicator when a color change was deemed essential to loose a tail. Over the years, the movie serial evolved into a multi chaptered series of adventures that usually opened showing just how the hero manages to escape certain doom by some trick of fate or clever editing to live and fight his way towards the concluding episode. Which brings us to the 1942, twelve chapter, classic, "Don Winslow of the Navy," starring the rugged and genuine man of the world, Don Terry. Terry was perfectly cast to fight villians, as he had at one time been a boxer among other things and was under contract at Universal when preproduction for this serial began. Read more ›
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present "Don Winslow of the Navy" (1942) (Dolby digitally remastered), the first and best serial in this series adapted from your favorite King Feature Syndicate with 12 Chapters of vintage serial episodes loaded with action sequences...story line involves saboteures, enemy agents and villains galore...can Don Winslow our hero and US Naval Commander discover in time the plans and plot to destroy our supply ships for the troops...will "The Scorpion" succeed with his ring of evil henchman to confuse Cmdr. Winslow...can we depend on the production crew of Universal Pictures to bring home a winner within the 12 Chapters allowed...watch out for all concerned on the island of Tongita as Winslow keeps you guessing until the final chapter "The Scorpion Strangled"...just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine-thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor, two of the best in the Serial genre, producer Morgan B. Cox, adaption by Morgan B. Cox, screenplay by Paul Huston and Griffin Jay, story by Frank V. Martinek, music score by Frank Skinner, Charles A. Zimmerman (Anchors Aweigh), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (from "Fingal's Cave)...the cast include Don Terry (Cmdr. Don Winslow), Walter Sande (Lt. 'Red' Pennington), Claire Dodd (Mercedes Colby), Anne Nagel (Misty Gaye), Wade Boteler (Mike Splendor), John Litel (Spencer Merlin), Samuel S. Hinds (The CINC-US), Kurt Katch (The Scorpion), Ben Taggart (John Blake), Lane Chandler (Corley-henchman), Iron Eyes Cody (Native thug at mill), Jack Rockwell (Butch Clint-henchman)....
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Commander Frank V. Martinek's comic strip "Don Winslow of the Navy" was adapted as a 12-chapter serial by Universal, directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor, and released early in 1942, just after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Don Winslow (Don Terry) and his pal, Lieutenant "Red" Pennington (Walter Sande) are assigned to Military Intelligence to investigate mysterious attacks on a naval base being built on Tangita Island. The likely presence of a submarine base is revealed by the account of "Misty" Gay (Anne Nagel), secretary to the contractor building the naval base, and nurse Mercedes Colby (Claire Dodd), the only survivors of a torpedoed supply ship. Don soon finds evidence that his old nemesis, The Scorpion (Kurt Katch) is involved, but it takes him most of the serial to discover that the submarine base is on the island, entered through a gold mine managed by seemingly respectable Spencer Merlin (John Litel), the Scorpion's agent M-22.

Since this serial was made before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the nationality of the Scorpion and his agents is not mentioned, and the dialogue is free of jingoistic remarks all too common in films made during the War. The Scorpion appears only on a Televisor screen, giving orders to his agents, making him a more mysterious figure than if he was physically present. Don gets help and a lot of advice from Michael Splendor, played by Wade Boteler, a role not too unlike his Michael Axford in the Green Hornet serials. Don seems to have picked up some of the Hornet's abilities at surviving explosions and collapsing buildings, and while the plot at times leaves credibility a bit strained, it's enjoyable if viewed with some time between the chapters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the Re-Mastered version
I have had the video tape version of this serial for a number of years. The clarity of this DVD is exactly the same as the old video tape. Picture and sound are out of sync. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Navy?
Enemy submarines on his left, warships coming at him on his right, Navy
Commander Don Winslow sinks them all in less than two minutes into the first
chapter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by hawkeye
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Stallone, Don Winslow's got it all covered, on the first...
I grew up,I think, it's OK to be child like,not childish,watching Don battling our WW2 enemies,Japan on a RCA,Family tv, 19 incher,in bold b/w ,and let me tell you baby,it never... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jack dully
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic World War II Matinee Stuff...
The Hero wears our uniform and waves a gun at the bad guys with intent. I can recommend it for sheer mentality of the production.
Published 7 months ago by Ronald Hinton
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite
I heard this serial on the radio in Boston, MA when I was a just a youngster. Never missed an episode...."Those are your orders M-22' WOW!! that accent really was something. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John M
1.0 out of 5 stars False Information
This copy is fuzzy, cheap crap. The writer must be an employee of the video production company. Alpha Video is the actual producer, and they for years have foisted cheap VHS rips... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Peter S. Lunde
1.0 out of 5 stars Don Winslow of the Navy - Volume 1 Chapters 1-6
I am not sure what the reviewer, J.Lovins " Mr. Jim", who gave this product a 5 star rating was watching, but it could not have been the product I received. Read more
Published on December 29, 2006 by Frank L.
5.0 out of 5 stars "The King of Serials...VCI Entertainment ~ Don Winslow of the Navy...
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present "Don Winslow of the Navy" (1942) (Dolby digitally remastered), the first and best serial in this series adapted from your favorite... Read more
Published on November 26, 2005 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars "King of the Serials...VCI Entertainment ~ Don Winslow of the Navy...
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present "Don Winslow of the Navy" (1942) (Dolby digitally remastered), the first and best serial in this series adapted from your favorite... Read more
Published on October 12, 2005 by J. Lovins
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