GenreAction, Adventure, History EditorsAlvin Todd, Ace Herman CountryUnited States
DirectorLewis D. Collins
Ray Taylor Release date25 June 1944 WriterLuci Ward (original screenplay), Morgan Cox (original screenplay) DirectorsRay Taylor, Lewis D. Collins GenresWestern, Action Film, Adventure Film, Black-and-white CastDennis Moore (Capt. Steve Clark), Wanda McKay (Cathy Haines), Lionel Atwill (Erich von Rugen, alias Alex Morel), Joe Sawyer (Idaho Jones), Regis Toomey (Capt. Clay Randolph [Chs. 1-6]), Virginia Christine (Countess Elsa von Merck, alias Trina Dressard) Similar moviesThe Green Archer, Hitman: Agent 47, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Mission: Impossible
Tagline13 CHAPTERS OF GUN-BLAZING THRILLS!
Raiders of Ghost City is a 1944 Universal movie serial set in California during the American Civil War.
At the height of the Civil War, a gang of supposed Confederates, headed by Alex Morel, raid all gold shipments from Oro Grande, California, bound for Washington. Captain Steve Clark is recognized as a Union Secret Service agent by Morel's accomplice Trina Dessard, along with his friend Idaho Jones, is ambushed in the baggage car and sent to almost certain death when the car is un-coupled and plunges down the mountainside.
Leaping to safety, Idaho and Steve report to Colonel Sewell in Oro Grande, and Idaho introduces himself as a Wells Fargo detective to Cathy Haines the Oro Grande company agent. Steve and Idaho learn that the Morel raiders are only posing as Confederates, and their headquarters are at Morel's "Golden Eagle" saloon. He also discovers that members of the gang use old European coins with the date "1752" as identification.
In a raid on the hideout, Steve's brother Jim is killed by the gang. The next victim is Confederate Army Captain Clay Randolph who has discovered that Morel is connected with a group of Prussian spies who have been using the stolen gold to initially finance Prussia's wars but later to buy Alaska from the Russian Empire as a "club over Canada"; hed gives Steve a clue before he dies. The date 1752 of the recognition coins is explained as the date of Frederick the Great's Testament that supposedly gave instructions how Prussia would take over the world.
The clue leads Steve to a San Francisco dive owned by Abel Rackerby, who thinking he has Steve in his power, exposes the ring's activities and operation methods. Aided by the San Francisco Secret Service, Steve escapes and returns to Oro Grande where he and Idaho round up the spies.
Dennis Moore as Captain Steve Clark
Wanda McKay as Cathy Haines
Lionel Atwill as Erich von Rugen, alias Alex Morel
Joe Sawyer as Idaho Jones
Regis Toomey as Captain Clay Randolph
Virginia Christine as Countess Elsa von Merck, alias Trina Dressard
Eddy Waller as Doc Blair
Emmett Vogan as Count Manfried von Rinkton, alias Carl Lawton
Addison Richards as Colonel Sewell
Charles Wagenheim as Hugo Metzger, alias Abel Rackerby
Jack Ingram as Braddock, Confederate outlaw
Dale Van Sickel (including being the fight double for Dennis Moore)
Cline writes that Raiders of Ghost City had a "good cast and production values...It came off quite well."