The Lost Special
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Directed by Henry MacRae
Produced by Henry MacRae
Written by Ella O'Neill
George Morgan
George H. Plympton
Basil Dickey
Arthur Conan Doyle (original story)
Starring Frank Albertson
Ernie Nevers
Cecilia Parker
Caryl Lincoln
Cinematography John Hickson
Editing by Alvin Todd
Edward Todd
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) United States 5 December 1932
Running time 12 chapters (240 min)
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Language English

The Lost Special (1932) is a Universal movie serial based on the story The Lost Special by Arthur Conan Doyle. This adaptation does not include Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, and moves events to the American West.

This was the 84th serial (and the 16th serial with sound) to be released by Universal.

Plot overviewEdit

A special train carrying gold bullion from the Golconda Mine, that is stopped by henchmen, working secretly for Sam Slater (J. Frank Glendon), partner of Potter Hood (Francis Ford), in the mine ownership. Laying down portable tracks, the bandits take the train off the main line, hide it in an abandoned mine shaft, steal the gold, and pick up their makeshift tracks, leaving a mystery in their wake. Potter's son Tom Hood (Frank Albertson), just home from college, determines to solve the mystery with the aid of his pal Bob Collins (Ernie Nevers.) They board the gold-shipment special train on its next run. Newspaper reporter Betty Moore (Cecilia Parker) and her friend Kate Bland (Caryl Lincoln) are in a car driving along a road that parallels the train tracks, when Bob is attacked by henchman Dirk (Tom London) and, while fighting, Dirk's revolver goes off, shatters the windshield of Betty's car, blinding her and sending her car toward the on-rushing train.



The advertising for the serial stated:

""Another BIG-AUTHOR serial from the same studios that gave you Peter B. Kyne's Heroes of the West and Talbot Mundy's Jungle Mystery...Terrifically fast, tremendously thrilling, and packed right with the sort of mystery that only the touch of a master writer can give!"[1]"
―{{{2}}}American Football star Ernie Nevers was cast as the lead.[1] Another sports star, Reb Russell, was cast in the role of "One of Bob's College Pals."


Chapter titlesEdit

  1. The Lost Special
  2. Racing Death
  3. The Red Lantern
  4. Devouring Flames
  5. The Lighting Strikes
  6. The House of Mystery
  7. The Tank Room Terror
  8. The Fatal Race
  9. Into the Depths
  10. The Jaws of Death
  11. The Flaming Forest
  12. Retribution


See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "5. Real Life Heroes "Just Strangle the Lion in Your Usual Way"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 115. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9. 
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc.. pp. 207. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

External linksEdit

Preceded by
The Jungle Mystery (1932)
Universal Serial
The Lost Special (1932)
Succeeded by
Clancy of the Mounted (1933)
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