S.O.S. Coast Guard

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In his third of four action serials, horror star Bela Lugosi played Boroff, an internationally notorious fiend who's attempting to pawn off his deadly invention, a disintegrating gas, to the highest bidder. Before the gas can be manufactured, however, Boroff must go in search of certain hard to come by ingredients and the villain is thwarted at every step by US coastguard agent Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd and crusading newspaper woman Jean Norman (Maxine Doyle. In the serial's 12th and final chapter, "The Deadly Circle," Boroff is finally destroyed by his own invention, civilization thus saved for Democracy. Down on his luck by 1937, Lugosi could only watch as Republic Pictures' screenwriters Barry Shipman and Franklyn Adreon wickedly named his character "Boroff," an obvious reference to Lugosi-rival Boris Karloff. S. O. S. Coastguard nevertheless emerged as one of the Hungarian star's better vehicles, in no small measure due to its vigorous hero, Ralph Byrd, a handsome actor perhaps better remembered from Republic's Dick Tracy serials.


Ralph Byrd
as Terry Kent
Lee Ford
as Snapper McGee
Herbert Rawlinson
as Commander Boyle
John Picorri
as Rackerby
Thomas Carr
as Ens. Jim Kent
Allen Connor
as Dick Norman
Edward Cassidy
as Patrol Boat Captain
Lester Dorr
as Hospital Radium Tech.
Joseph W. Girard
as Morovanian Emissary At Screening
Alexander Leftwich
as Captain of the Carfax
Frankie Marvin
as Gas Launch Thug
Edwin Mordant
as Dr. Meade
Michael Morgan
as Coastguardsman Moore
Henry Otho
as Chinese Cook
Buddy Roosevelt
as Patrol Boat Lieutenant
Dan Wolheim
as Capt. of the Sea Wolf
Duke York
as Sea Wolf Thug
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