The Phantom Creeps

1939

"The Phantom Creeps" was Universal's 44th sound-era serial (between "The Oregon Trail" and "The Green Hornet")and was re-issued to theatres in 1949 by Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, a distribution set-up handling primarily Universal re-issues. The serial is of interest to some collectors as it re-unites Bela Lugosi and Edwin Stanley from 1931's "Dracula", and the crater-discovery of the meteorite fragment by Zorka (Bela Lugosi) in the serial is stock footage from Universal's 1936 "The Invisible Ray." The stock footage of an explosion and avalanche used in Chapter 11 comes from Universal's 1934 serial, "The Vanishing Shadow."

Cast:
Bela Lugosi .... Dr. Alex Zorka
Robert Kent .... Capt. Bob West
Dorothy Arnold .... Jean Drew
Edwin Stanley .... Dr. Fred Mallory
Regis Toomey .... Lt. Jim Daley
Jack C. Smith .... Monk
Edward Van Sloan .... Jarvis (spy chief)
Dora Clement .... Ann Zorka
Anthony Averill .... Rankin (henchman)
Hugh Huntley .... Perkins (lab assistant)
Monte Vandergrift .... Henchman
Frank Mayo .... Henchman Al
Jim Farley .... Businessman
Eddie Acuff .... Mac (government agent)
Reed Howes .... Airplane mechanic
Ed Wolff .... The Robot

Dorothy Arnold

Dorothy Arnold (born Dorothy Arnoldine Olson) was a nightclub singer and budding movie star when she married baseball great Joe DiMaggio in 1940. She had made several films for Universal starting in 1938, but after her marriage to DiMaggio she gave up acting. Although the twodivorced in 1944, A nightclub dancer, blond Dorothy Arnold (born Olson) enjoyed a brief stint with Universal in the late '30s -- notably as the imperiled heroine of Bela Lugosi's 1939 serial The Phantom Creeps and as the undercover chorus girl in the whodunit House of Fear (1939) -- before retiring to become the first wife of baseball great Joe DiMaggio. She and her family were 20 minutes late to her wedding because the streets around San Francisco's Church of Sts. Peter and Paul were jammed with an estimated 20,000 well-wishers. Their marriage lasted until 1952 but ended in a protracted court battle over a son, Joseph DiMaggio III where she sued for full custody of their son, Joseph III, $1,000 per/mo child support, and a sipulation that all future visits between father and son were to take place at her home, claiming that DiMaggio's girlfriend, Marilyn Monroe, posed a threat to the boy's morals. The suit was dismissed in February 1953.Arnold did not try to resume her career and only made one other film, 1957's "Lizzie." With her third husband, Gary Peck, she later ran a successful supper club in Palm Springs, Charcoal Charley's, where she often performed. Dorothy Arnold died from pancreatic cancer.

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