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> Like most Republic serials, this is an "actioner" of the best kind.
> Captain America isn't much like we know him from the comics. He's not
> busting Nazi heads overseas, but rather fighting crime in the streets
> of an American city, and his secret identity is that of a prosecuting
> attorney. This is the one where he carries a gun. All the usual
> cliffhanging tricks are evident, and despite the typical letdown in
> the middle chapters, this is one of the more completely entertaining
> movie serials I've seen.
> What do you all think?
I am a serial nut (even produced a radio serial that might one day
become a series of cartoons) and am truly conflicted about this one.
Like most of the Republics, it is entertaining. But it is a perfect
example of the problem of translating anything from one medium to
another. Writers decide that, since there is not way they can do the
orginal in a way that will satisfy the fans, let's not make a comic
book, lets make a movie. Then they proceed to through out everything
that is "Comic Bookish" and make it more like the stuff they see
everyday. (When the most recent film version of Cap was made the
director actually said, "I don't like long underwear characters, so
we'll keep him out of costume as much as possible." Then he made the
Red Skull Italian!) I tend to think of this one the way that I think
of "Robinson Crusoe on Mars." We know that Mars is nothing like what
is shown in the film, so I just think that it must be some other
planet that they are misnaming Mars. It works if I can pull that off
in my mind and let the power of "Willing Suspension of Disbelief" take
over. "Robinson Crusoe on a Planet We Choose To Call Mars, but it
isn't the one you're think of" is a fun little movie. "The Adventures
of Someone Wearing a Costume like Captain America" works on its own