The Purple Monster Strikes
1945 - 15 Chapters
Astronomer Cyrus Layton is working late one night on his new airplane design in his
observatory. He witnesses what he believes is a meteorite landing in the far distance. He
contacts his niece Sheila and asks her to bring Craig Foster to the observatory to help analyze
his discovery. he sets out to search for the meteorite crater but instead discovers a
spaceship. The ship's pilot emerges and explains that he is from the planet Mars.
Mistakenly thinking the alien is friendly, Layton takes him back to the observatory. Once there
the Martian, calling himself "The Purple Monster", wishes to see Layton's designs for the new
airplane/spaceship. He proudly shows the alien the designs until the alien explains that he is
stealing the designs, building a spaceship for himself, flying back to Mars and having a fleet
built to invade the Earth. When Dr. Layton objects, the Martian kills him with a weapon that
emits a "carbo-oxide" gas which kills instantly. The alien then transforms into a ghost and
takes over Dr Layton's body. This enables him to fool the astronomer's niece Sheila and
criminologist Craig Foster, both of whom work with Dr Layton's foundation, which is
responsible for commissioning the spaceship project.
In the last chapter Craig and Sheila realize that the Purple Monster is using Professor
Layton's body and they devise a plan to uncover the truth. While Sheila gets the supposed
Doctor Layton to come downtown to sign some papers needed for funding, Craig slips into
Layton's office and secretly installs a movie camera which will be remotely activated when
the telephone is used. Foster then escapes and calls the office to advise him that he will be
bringing reinforcements to search the observatory, which he has discovered is the Purple
Monster's hideout. Craig and Sheila arrive to find the observatory deserted. Sheila goes to
the basement where she stumbles upon Purple Monster's subterranean lair and is kidnapped.
Foster goes to check on Sheila and finds the basement empty. He then discovers the secret
lair where Sheila has been bound and gagged. The Purple Monster orders his henchmen to
dispose of her and destroy the observatory once he escapes.
The story ends with Craig Foster using a part of the spaceship, a sonic pulse cannon used to
shatter meteors. He destroys the alien spaceship with the Purple Monster inside as he
attempts to fly back to Mars and lead an invasion fleet back.
Dennis Moore as Craig Foster.
Linda Stirling as Sheila Layton
Roy Barcroft as The Purple Monster.
James Craven as Dr Cyrus Layton
Bud Geary as Hodge Garrett, Henchman
Mary Moore as Marcia
John Davidson as Emperor of Mars
Joe Whitehead as Carl Stewart
Anthony Warde as Tony
The Man in the Meteor (22min 20s)
The Time Trap (13min 20s)
Flaming Avalanche (13min 20s)
The Lethal Pit (13min 20s)
Death on the Beam (13min 20s)
The Demon Killer (13min 20s)
The Evil Eye (13min 20s)
Descending Doom (13min 20s)
The Living Dead (13min 20s)
House of Horror (13min 20s)
Menace from Mars (13min 20s)
Perilous Plunge (13min 20s)
Fiery Shroud (13min 20s)
The Fatal Trial (13min 20s)
Take-off to Destruction (13min 20s)
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Your Serial comes on a DVD-R
in a Paper Protective Sleeve with Color
Artwork on the DVD.
Please keep in mind that this movie is of
very good quality for its age, but is over 75 years
old. This is Not HD quality and may not look that great on your
large flat screen TV.
This Classic Serial is in the Public
Date of release:
Oct 6, 1945
Date entered public domain: Jan 1,