The Master Key (Serial)
"1938: Somewhere in the United States:"
"One of Germany's greatest obstacles to world domination is the industrial might of the United States. We need billions to subdue that might. And now we have the means of getting them -- the Orotron. With this machine we can produce unlimited gold.""
So speaks a mysterious voice broadcast to the men gathered around a table, each of whom has been admitted to the secret circle by means of a metal key. The voice belongs to an unseen Nazi ringleader known only as "The Master Key". When by means of a fictionalized plane crash the Nazi spy ring kidnaps the Orotron's inventor Professor Henderson, electronics expert Tom Brant, police detective Jack Ryan and reporter Janet Lowe must seek out the Nazis' secret cavernous hideout and destroy the Master Key to prevent the valuable invention from falling into enemy hands.
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The plot involves a gang of Nazi spies, each of whom carries a key with their identification number. Agent M-2 is Garret Donohue (Addison Richards), second in command to the unseen "Master Key" or agent M-1, who communicates at their meetings through a loudspeaker on a vacant chair. They have copied a machine, the "Orotron" which does not produce cookies, but rather extracts minerals and elements from seawater. The Nazis want it to get gold, with which to buy critical industries important to defense efforts so, as the Master Key puts it, "the industrial might of the United States will never be used against us when war comes." Unfortunately the machine requires special "Orotron tubes" which the Nazis haven't been able to duplicate, and which don't last very long. So they have captured the inventor, Professor Henderson (Byron Foulger), who is not cooperating with them. Arriving on the scene from Washington is Tom Brant (Milburn Stone) who, with Police Detective Jack Ryan (Dennis Moore) must find Professor Henderson, determine the identity of "The Master Key" and bring the gang to justice. Complicating this is a newspaper reporter, Janet Lowe (Jan Wiley) whom the police suspect may not be telling the full truth about what she knows.Read more ›
What is the master key for? Sorry, you'll have to wait to see chapter 13 . . . .
Cliffhanger setups & escapes: mundane. The setups and the resolutions of how the main characters escape death are unimaginative - in most cases it is only by extraordinary luck that they survive. For example, in one cliffhanger, a speeding train plunges off a trestle bridge into a deep gorge - Tom Brant is unhurt ... what luck!
Extras: Bios (The bios are several text pages long; each page will display automatically after a short interval.) Trailers: "The Master Key", "Tim Tyler's Luck" (African adventure), "Riders of Death Valley" (western), and "Captain Video" (space fiction.)
DVD - 2006. Picture: varies by episode from poor to good. Defects: Generally fuzzy with many specks, occasional streaks and faint green tints. If you sit close to the screen you are likely to notice the image squirms. Most chapters have a thin black and gray bar at the top - it is most pronounced in chapter 6. Wherever a newspaper headline is shown, it is obviously cropped on the left and right sides, but otherwise the cropping is not noticeable. Sound volume normal, clear. Subtitles: none.
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present..."The Master Key" (1945) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 13 Chapter cliffhanger from an action packed Universal serial era... Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by J. Lovins