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Radar Secret Service is a 1950 action film starring John Howard, produced by Barney A. Sarecky and directed by Sam Newfield. The film was featured on the American television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Radar Secret Service
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Directed bySam Newfield
Produced byRobert L. Lippert
Barney A. Sarecky
Written byBaryl Sachs
StarringJohn Howard
Adele Jergens
Music byRussell Garcia
Richard Hazard
CinematographyErnest Miller
Edited byCarl Pierson
Distributed byLippert Pictures Inc.
Release date
  • January 28, 1950 (1950-01-28)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States



Set in post-World War Two, stolen Uranium-238 goods are tracked by the US Government, using new radar technology; the girlfriend of a gang member is also recruited as an informant. Though the radar tracking device helps, in the end it still takes an undercover girl to get back the looted shipment from the criminal masterminds.


Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodeEdit

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of the movie was paired with the railroad crossing safety short film, Last Clear Chance, in episode #520, which first aired on December 18, 1993.[1] The movie was introduced by the Mads as containing "Hypno-Helio Static Stasis (containing X-4)", which amounted to tedious scenes with marginal plot development at best. The program was identified as a continuation of the "Deep Hurting" concept, drawing from the rock-climbing scenes of Lost Continent and the sandstorm scenes of Hercules Against the Moon Men.

During the show's second season, according to writer and performer Frank Conniff, the writers were eager to use Radar Secret Service on MST3K, but they were denied the opportunity. During the show's fifth season, they were offered the rights but chose the movie only because "a piece of junk like Radar Secret Service was, in fact, the cream of the crop of the ... films" they had to choose from.[2]

The episode did not make the Top 100 list of episodes as voted upon by MST3K Season 11 Kickstarter backers.[3] Writer Jim Vorel ranked the episode #119 out of 191 MST3K episodes, saying, "If you like your films and riffs to be dry, cynical and encased in a stuffy governmental shell, then Radar Secret Service is the episode for you."[4]

The MST3K version of Radar Secret Service was included as part of the Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXII DVD collection, released by Shout! Factory in March 24, 2015. The other episodes in the four-disc set include Space Travelers (episode #401), Hercules (episode #502), and San Francisco International (episode #614).[5]


  1. ^ Episode guide: 520- Radar Secret Service (with short: Last Clear Chance). Satellite News. Retrieved on 2017-11-15.
  2. ^ Beaulieu, Trace; et al. (1996). The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide (1st ed.). New York: Bantam Books. p. 106-7. ISBN 9780553377835.
  3. ^ Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 Update #41. Kickstarter. Retrieved on 2017-10-24
  4. ^ Ranking Every MST3K Episode, From Worst to Best. Vorel, Jim. Paste Magazine. April 13, 2017. Retrieved on 2017-11-15.
  5. ^ MST3K: Volume XXXII. Shout! Factory. Retrieved on 2018-07-11.

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