Holt of the Secret Service


Holt of the Secret Service
Columbia 1941-42 / 15 Chapters
Directed by James W. Horne

Jack Holt as Jack Holt
Evelyn Brent as Kay Drew
C. Montague Shaw as Malloy
Tristram Coffin as Valden
John Ward as Arnold

Jailbreak at the state prison! Use caution -- these men are desperate!

This hard-boiled serial starts at a frantic pace as gangsters try to outrace hawk-faced mob smasher and secret service man Jack Holt on the highway (Step on it! The police are on our tail!) and the tough talk and action never stops from there. Counterfeiters ris Coffin and gang are operating a counterfeiting scheme from their cliffside hideout, down the rapids and past a roaring waterfall. Holt and his boss Malloy (Zorro's Fighting Legion's C. Montague Shaw) decide to try to pass Holt off as wanted felon Nick Farrell to infiltrate the gang. Equally tough-talking (Want me to weep in a bucket?) Miss Drew poses as his wife (not moll -- wife, and don't you forget it. Want to see the certificate?) and fights beside Jack to defeat the gangsters' schemes.

Directed by James W. Horne, master of some of the wildest serials ever filmed, this epic unfolds in the Columbia B-dimension also inhabited by the Three Stooges and has no lack of incredibly tough talk, crazy situations and even slap-fights of its own. A truly unique serial with classic period dialogue that must be seen to be believed and will thrill you and occasionally surprise you with a good laugh at the same time.

The DVD: This is a 2- DVD set, digitally mastered from an excellent quality original Screen Gems TV print with superior contrast and grey tones, featuring illustrated menus with chapter indexes, and scene markers within chapters. In glorious black and white, with restored sound.

Extras: Audio commentary tracks on the entire serial by Serial Squadron members

Released November 2004

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