Don Winslow of the Coast Guard
Directed byLewis D. Collins
Ray Taylor
Written byRichard Brooks
(additional dialogue)
Screenplay byPaul Huston
George H. Plympton
Griffin Jay
Based onFrank V. Martinek
(based on the comic strip by)
Produced byHenry MacRae
StarringDon Terry
Walter Sande
Elyse Knox
Philip Ahn
June Duprez
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
William A. Sickner
Edited byIrving Birnbaum
Alvin Todd
Edgar Zane
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 6, 1943 (1943-04-06)
Running time
13 chapters
(245 minutes)
CountryUnited States

Don Winslow of the Coast Guard is a 1943 Universal Pictures Serial film based on the comic strip Don Winslow of the Navy by Frank V. Martinbek.


After service at Pearl Harbor, Naval Commander Don Winslow, and his friend and junior officer, Lieutenant "Red" Pennington, are assigned to the Coast Guard. There they are ordered to devote their activities to anti-fifth column work on the mainland. Winslow learns that The Scorpion, a fascist sympathizer, is in the pay of the Japanese and is expected to lay the ground work for a Japanese attack on the Pacific coast. Constantly in peril and aided by Mercedes Colby, the daughter of a Navy Admiral, they investigate secret island-bases and battles with submarines and enemy planes…



Martinbek's comic strip was approved by the US Navy. The strip gained new meaning with the approach of World War II, which would also affect the serial: "Its presentation as a Universal serial in October 1941 – just before the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor in December – was one of the most timely contributions of the serial field."[1]

Chapter titles

  1. Trapped in the Blazing Sea
  2. Battling a U-Boat
  3. The Crash in the Clouds
  4. The Scorpion Strikes
  5. A Flaming Target
  6. Ramming the Submarine
  7. Bombed in the Ocean Depths
  8. Blackout Treachery
  9. The Torpedo Strikes
  10. Blasted from the Skies
  11. A Fight to the Death
  12. The Death Trap
  13. Capturing the Scorpion


See also


  1. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 235. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.