This Flash Gordon imitation was the second serial from a then newcomer in the field, Republic Pictures. Not to be outdone by Universal’s blond superhero, Undersea Kingdom had Ray “Crash” Corrigan, crash-helmet and all, diving into the ocean in a fantastic super submarine.
Corrigan and his passengers are headed toward the legendary sunken continent of Atlantis. Upon arrival, the surface people discover that the recent rash of undersea earthquakes are the work of Unga Khan (Monte Blue), the leader of the evil Black Robes (dressed like something out of a Wagnerian nightmare) whose nefarious goal is to destroy America. Republic threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Saturday matinee crowd this time around. +
San Diego has been exceptionally honored by the Department of the United States Navy because of the selection of this city as the temporary ‘home port’ of the famous frigate Constitution.
This living tradition of our country will be berthed at the Navy Pier, foot of Broad- way, until March 15th and may be visited any day between the house of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. including Sundays. No charge for admission.
The history of the Constitution is replete with heroic exploits. Conceived by George Washington, the keel was laid in 1794 and ship launched in 1797. Participated in 42 battles, winning every one of them.
Reconstructed in part by money freely given by American school children the Con- stitution is a national shrine. She has been visited by 4,512,299 persons. 1,542,423 in California alone.
This will probably be the last opportunity to visit ‘Old Ironsides’ at a Pacific coast port, according to her Commander, Louis J. Gulliver. See this gallant ship restored exactly as she was in her fighting glory.”
”Old Ironsides" was in San Diego in the winter of 1933.
Rod Cameron stars as an American agent who, along with his Chinese and British contemporaries, tries to stop the Black Dragon— a Japanese band of spies and saboteurs that are out to invade America during WWII.
One of the silent era’s most spectacular action blockbusters, this film also boasts an experimental early two-strip Technicolor process, making it one of the few color silent films. Douglas Fairbanks stars as a nobleman and sole survivor of a ship seized and blown up by pirates, killing everyone on board, including Fairbanks’ father.
Fairbanks vows revenge and subsequently joins the pirate crew, walking a fine line by seeming to aid the pirates while actually protecting potential victims and plotting the pirates’ ultimate downfall.