VCI Entertainment has just released (Aug. 30) the 70th anniversary celebration of the 1946 13-chapter serial, The Mysterious Mr. M on DVD. This thrill-a-minute adventure/mystery was the last serial adventure produced and released by Universal Pictures (they produced 137 serials … dating all the way back to 1914). The serial opened theatrically in August of 1946 and so VCI Entertainment’s timing of the release is spot-on.
World War II has come to an end, but spies and double-dealers are still ready for action and the United States newest super-submarine is the target of a weasel by the name of Anthony Waldron (played by Edmund MacDonald — Detour, Shoot to Kill, Sherlock Holmes in Washington, etc.). His latest target is Dr. Kittridge (John Hamilton), a submarine whiz, but the drug, “Hypnotrene,” which will make him divulge his inner most secrets, proves to be fatal.
Enter federal agent Grant Farrell (Dennis Moore — China Clipper, The Purple Monster Strikes, Fort Defiance, etc.), who teams with local detective Kirby Walsh (Richard Martin — Bombardier, West of the Pecos, etc.) to solve the case.
As the mystery unfolds — from cliffhanger to cliffhanger — we discover that Waldron is not the brains behind the operation, but is taking orders from Mr. M, who communicates his instructions via recordings. With the help of insurance investigator Shirley Clinton (played by Pamela Blake — This Gun for Hire, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, etc.), Farrell and Walsh try to solve the case, but Mr. M could be anyone, including someone hiding in plain sight!!!
Of course you have to wait until the final chapter to find out who the real Mr. M is, but half the fun of this action-packed serial is trying to guess who the villain is!