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Craig Kennedy - Criminologist
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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.
- 13 episodes on two discs
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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.
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.
1. Donald Woods (aka: Ralph L. Zink)
Date of birth: 2 December 1906 - Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Date of death: 5 March 1998 - Palm Springs, California
Special footnote, Donald Woods, a prolific cinema and television character actor
whose career spanned 75 films and 150 TV programs over 40 years,
The self-described "King of the Bs" made his reputation playing in low-budget,
B-Westerns and Mysteries, and later was a popular guest actor on TV programs,
including western shows such as "Wagon Train." He also appeared in nearly 100 stage
productions and was busy on the radio. In the 1950s, Woods hosted two TV series,
"The Orchid Award" and "Hotel Cosmopolitan" and was a regular on the series "Tammy."
2. Sydney Mason
Date of birth: 27 June 1905 - New York
Date of death: 11 April 1976 - Los Angeles, California
3. Lewis G. Wilson
Date of birth: 28 January 1920 - New York, New York
Date of death: 9 August 2000 - San Francisco, California
Special footnote, Wilson was the first actor to portray "Batman" (1943/Serial) when that character was only 4 years old.
2. Arthur B. Reeve (creator)
Date of birth: 15 October 1880 - Patchogue, Long Island, New York
Date of death: 9 August 1936 - Trenton, New Jersey
3. Harry Fraser (Director)
Date of birth: 31 March 1889 - San Francisco, California
Date of death: 8 April 1974 - Pomona, California,
4. Adrian Weiss (Director)
Date of birth: 1 May 1918 - New York, New York
Date of death: 27 October 2001 - Oxnard, California,
"Terror Street" (aka: 36 Hours) (1953) featuring Dan Duryea
"Unholy Four" (aka: A Stranger Came Home) (1954) featuring Paulette Goddard
"They Were So Young" (aka: Mannequins für Rio) (1954) featuring Scott Brady & Raymond Burr
"Man Bait" (aka: The Last Page) (1952) featuring Diana Dors, George Brent and Marguerite Chapman
"The Master Key" (1945) featuring Milburn Stone, Jan Wiley and Dennis Moore
1. Craig Kennedy serial chapter from 1936,"The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand"
2. Photo Gallery
3. ."Craig Kennedy - The American 'Sherlock Holmes'" (text)
4. "Craig Kennedy On Film" (text)
5. "Vintage promotional bookle: "Facts on Craig Kennedy"
6. Craig Kennedy comic strips
7. Craig Kennedy Filmography
Please note that only 13 episodes (see asterisks) appear in this collection, but here is the list of every episode
EPISODES & AIR DATE:
1 Fugitive Money 3/10/1951 *
2 Murder Preferred 3/10/1951 *
3 Murder on Stage 9 3/10/1951 *
4 The Big Shakedown 3/10/1951 *
5 The False Claimant 3/10/1951 *
6 The Golden Dagger 3/10/1951
7 The Indian Giver 3/10/1951 *
8 The Mummy's Secret 3/10/1951
9 The Secret Will 3/10/1951
10 The Vanisher 3/10/1951
11 There's Money In It 3/10/1951
12 Strange Destiny 3/10/1951 *
13 The Case of Fleming Lewis 3/10/1951 *
14 Late Corpse 3/10/1951 *
15 File 1313 3/10/1952
16 Formula For Murder 10/5/1951 *
17 The Lonely Hearts Club 11/8/1951 *
18 The Amateur Ghost 11/8/1951 *
19 Dead Right 1/29/1953
20 Tall, Dark and Dead 2/17/1953
21 The Mystery Bullet 2/17/1953
22 I Hate Money 3/10/1953
23 Kid Brother 3/10/1953
24 Murder on a Million 3/10/1953
25 The Trap 3/10/1953
26 Hidden Lane Road 3/10/1953 *
Great job releasing "Craig Kennedy - Criminologist" (1952) - Donald Woods, the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out VCI Entertainment where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns and Serials --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 780 mins on DVD ~ VCI Home Video ~ (1/30/2007)