This Mascot serial, shot in 18 days in December 1932, was Karl's last film
appearance. The title character
is a maniacal crime boss who menaces the Empire Transport & Storage
Company with a deadly electronic ray. Karl's role of Sparks was
originally slated for comedian Harry Langdon who dropped out because
of ill health. Karl was eager to use this opportunity as a comeback, but the serial was
not well received and his comeback was not to be. However, Karl does seize
the opportunity to provide some very funny sequences, making this Mascot
much more entertaining than it might have been without him.
Click on the play button (right arrow) to watch the four scenes from the serial. Thanks to
Forget the Talkies
for posting these!