The Lucifer Complex (1978)
Released in 1978: A mad scientist is determined to resurrect the Nazi rein by creating human clones on an island in the South Pacific.
Directed by Kenneth Hartford and David L. Hewitt
Written by David L. Hewitt and Dale Skillicorn.
The Actors: Robert Vaughn (Glen Manning), Merrie Lynn Ross (April Adams), Keenan Wynn (the spy chief), Aldo Ray (unknown), William Lanning (the watcher, narrator), Ross Durfee (Nazi General), Victoria Carroll (unknown), Glenn Ransom (unknown), Kieu Chinh (Asian prisoner), Lynn Cartwright (female Nazi interrogator Frau Brunner), Colin Eliot Brown (unknown), Corinne Cole (unknown), Gustaf Unger (unknown), Bertil Unger (unknown), Carol Terry (unknown), Chellio Campbell (unknown), Joel Bailey (German soldier), Rick Calabrese (Nazi soldier), Lisa Drake (clone), Leo Gordon (Norris, the boss), Charlie LeSueur (clone)
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When I discovered this motion picture from 1978 that was copyright free, and saw that Robert Vaughn was the star, I was incredibly delighted. One of the iconic television shows from my childhood was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in the mid 1960's featuring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as confident spies chasing enemy spies around the world. A great majority of the movies made before 1963 are copyright free today because of the complexity of maintaining a proper copyright, so any movie after 1963 without a copyright is a hidden gem. Of course, adverse selection takes over after 1963 - - it is easy to maintain a proper copyright, so most of the movies that are not protected are 'dogs' - not considered worth protecting. This is one of them. The producers could not find a movie distributing company to put this movie into theaters, but a couple years after it was made they found a television network that needed to fill their broadcast day and the movie was shown there. But I say, no matter how amateurish the direction and editing are, the film shows the best efforts of real actors, putting their talents on film for everyone to watch. My problem is that their screen credits are very incomplete. Of course, I can tell which character Robert Vaughn is, and the wonderful Keenan Wynn, and even the movie veteran Aldo Ray, but most of the other actors are a mystery . . . and a mystery that I'd like to solve, with your help. Do you know who any of the other characters are? I have photos under the movie that only YOU can help me identify. Let's give these actors credit so that their performances are not lost forever for their families and fans.
NOTE: A big THANK YOU goes out to Thomas Oswald-Bannister who identified Leo Gordon and William Lanning for us. Also a big THANK YOU goes out to Daryl who identified Ross Durfee as the Nazi General. A big THANK YOU goes out to Colin Boe who identified Kieu Chinh.
Pop a really big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it before sitting down to this one. We travel to the distant future in this science fiction adventure, as we observe some bearded fellow who is the last man on earth operating a really crude looking thing he calls a computer, and he is looking at rock concerts from the 1960's, and Vietnam war footage, and then he moves to 1986 and we watch the tale of a Nazi plot to clone new little Nazi's and take over the world. Robert Vaughn is the government spy who stumbles onto the Nazi camp on a deserted island in the South Pacific, and Merrie Lynn Ross . . . yup, that seems to be her name . . . is a female prisoner on the island about to become a Nazi clone, along with a room full of pretty young girls like herself. Trust me, this is a good 45 minute movie, but the 'good' part, with some action and adventure doesn't begin until well into the movie. Stick it out and you'll enjoy some pretty good adventure scenes as Robert Vaughn and a handful of young ladies battle German soldiers and the Nazi death ray. And Robert Vaughn has a great fight-to-the-death scene against . . . himself . . . or should I say a clone of himself . . . and will the real Robert Vaughn win the fight or will the clone of him win . . . and live to fight another day along with the real villain, revealed at the very end of this science fiction adventure, watched by the unknown bearded guy at his primitive room size computer.Whew! That last sentence was waaaaay too long. Sorry :~)
Robert Vaughn in The Lucifer Complex
Aldo Ray, Merrie Lynn Ross and Lynn Cartwright
Aldo Ray as a German soldier
Someone named Greta
Leo Gordon, Robert Vaughn's boss
a female prisoner
Keenan Wynn as the chief spy boss
Lynn Cartwright as Frau Brunner, nasty interrogator
Merrie Lynn Ross and Lynn Cartwright
Merrie Lynn Ross and Ross Durfee
Merrie Lynn Ross as April Adams
Ross Durfeel, Robert Vaughn and Merrie Lynn Ross
the mad scientist doctor
the watcher, William Lanning