The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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The Serial Squadron is a multimedia archive -- the home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes, and our goal is to preserve and restore and make available for viewing or study the jungle, mystery, western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.

Watch for new very special restoration projects of long-lost serials which will be all new to fans and historians, to be announced soon! And, yes, we mean some of the ones you haven't seen yet! This announcement is TO BE CONTINUED . . .


We are a soon-to-be non-profit library/archive supported by enthusiasts of the form, historians, and in cooperation with the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, the Library of Congress, and private collectors, which restores, repairs, and re-creates movie and audio serials in video, audio, and printed form which are not now available or have never been been commercially released by studios or legitimately licensed rightsholders.

NEW RELEASES & ACHIVE TITLES
Restorations of these titles are complete or almost complete.
Order buttons will appear when the Blu-ray and/or DVD is ready to ship

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Shipping week of May 25
THE GALLOPING GHOST
Featuring Red Grange, Walter Miller, Dorothy Gulliver, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Tom London, Ernie Adams and Edward Hearn

HD RESTORATION: NOW COMPLETE

Pioneering football star Red Grange plays the college-age version of himself in this action-packed 1931 Mascot serial, one of its best and its biggest moneymakers. When he is framed for having taken a bribe to throw a game and gaslighted by a gang of crooks, he is forced to flee both the members of the criminal gambling ring behind the plot and the police, and at the same time attempt to clear his name. Also lurking about in the story is a "mysterious cripple" (Theodore Lorch) who kidnaps Red's best friend Buddy and wants to perform impromptu brain surgery on him. Buddy's sister Barbara becomes convinced of Red's innocence and she and a comical taxi driver named Jerry help him in his fight -- in the streets, by car and motorcycle, and by boat -- against the crooks, led by George Elton, (played by versatile serial actor Walter Miller), and the fiendish crooked man who lives in a "haunted house" where sometimes blood drips from the ceiling.

This serial was shot before musical scores could be added to dialogue scenes so action scenes are music-free but there are plenty of them and this is an interesting glimpse at the period of transition between silent and sound serial-making. The director was B. Reeves Eason, a name that will be familiar also to many serial fans.
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This video release was restored from a new HD digital transfer which was cleaned up in every way, picture, audio, stabilization, and artifact removal. Quality varies a little throughout based on the condition of the original film chapters, but is generally very good. The Blu-ray is formatted the same way as the Squadron's Crimson Ghost Blu-ray (1440 x 1080 with pillar-boxing) and should play in virtually all Blu-Ray players.

BLU-RAY $21.95
Preorder now at $19.95

DVD $19.95
Preorder now at $17.95

New Daily SERIALS
& SATURDAY NIGHT SERIALFEST
Viewable Online

Visit the Squadron Facebook Group to watch a chapter of a Squadron-restored serial free every night at 7:00 pm US EST and to see multiple chapters of existing Squadron restorations and new ones in progress one chapter a week in live "watch parties" Saturdays 7pm-9pm EST. You can watch and chat in real-time during the Saturday Night showings with your Squadron friends.

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NOW PLAYING
DAILY SERIAL CHAPTER
7:00 pm Daily US EST

Free Admission

This Week's Serial:
DRUMS OF FU MANCHU
Featuring Henry Brandon
and Robert Kellard

Go to the Squadron Facebook Group

SATURDAY MATINEE SERIALFEST
New weekly serial chapters from past and present Squadron restorations posted free every Saturday morning at the FB Group
Watch chapters individually in the daytime or attend the watch party at US EST 7pm!

NOW PLAYING:
THE TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS
THE SPIDER'S WEB
THE MASKED RIDER
THE GREAT ADVENTURES
OF CAPTAIN KIDD

Visit the new sister group to the Serial Squadron
THE DAUGHTERS OF DARING
(Facebook Group)

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NEW RESTORATIONS

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Enter the name for this tabbed section: SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
Enter the name for this tabbed section: SPY SMASHER
Enter the name for this tabbed section: CAPTAIN AMERICA
"Hi , I just wanted to congratulate the Squadron on a fantastic job on the recent DVDs of The Crimson Ghost and Son of the Guardsman. I thought they were amazing restoration[s]" -- Squadron supporter Neil D., UK
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SHIPPING NOW
SPY SMASHER
Blu-Ray
SPY SMASHER DVD

Featuring KANE RICHMOND
MARGUERITE CHAPMAN
HANS SCHUMM as the Mask


Forget the quick-and-dirty knockoff junk on Amazon. This is stabilized and fully shot-by-shot restored and very high quality presentation of this serial, with restored audio as well. This took 6 months of work to create and there is no higher quality video edition in existence anywhere. Includes all 12 episodes in excellent condition transferred from a very good condition original print; restored shot by shot for picture and audio quality; almost no damage, dust or splices and the theatrical trailer. about 3 hours.


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SHIPPING NOW
CAPTAIN AMERICA
Blu-Ray / DVD UPGRADE


This is the best available restored transfer of the serial, further restored from the previous edition which has been copied and bootlegged all over. And which was created in 2003 and therefore inferior to this edition.

This major upgrade has been further polished and stabilized and shot-by-shot restored for picture and audio, with exposure adjustment, centering of titles, splice and damage removal and includes tons of extras. But before you order you must be sure your Blu-Ray player will play it. Check the lists of players which we know will be compatible with the disk before ordering. It will play on more than those, but those are confirmed by those who have tested the disk.

The Blu-Ray has slightly smoother motion but is the same resolution as the DVD version. The two are very close in quality and many may not notice any difference.

Order the DVD if you are not sure you player will play the BD-R.

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SHIPPING NOW
THE CRIMSON GHOST
THE MOVIE SERIAL
Blu-Ray / DL-DVD


FEATURING CHARLES QUIGLEY, LINDA STIRLING, CLAYTON MOORE, KENNE DUNCAN
and
? as THE CRIMSON GHOST
(Voice by I. Stanford Jolley)


Includes all 12 episodes in excellent condition transferred from a near-mint condition original print with a clear and very stable picture; almost no damage, dust or splices and the theatrical trailer. about 3 hours.

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SHIPPING NOW
SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
THE MOVIE SERIAL
Blu-Ray / DL-DVD


"I am sure that my dad would have been very proud of the fine work you did on restoring and creating the Blue Ray DVD version of his classic Columbia serial The Son Of The Guardsman" -- Mark G., son of actor Robert Shaw

FEATURING BOB SHAW, DAUN KENNEDY, BUZZ HENRY, CHARLES KING and WHEELER OAKMAN

"This is the first of the arrows of vengeance which shall find their marks in the oppressors of freedom."

A unique serial, the only one ever done in "Robin-Hood style." With an engaging story in which a royal Guardsman's young son learns his lordly uncle is an evil oppressor of the peasantry and the murderer of his father and decides to join with a band of forest outlaws and an orphaned boy to fight him. Featuring a cast of enthusiastic second-stringers who were delighted to be cast in 1946 as WWII wound down and few male actors were available. The movie serial "Game of Thrones!" Includes all 15 episodes painstakingly stabilized and restored from 2 16mm prints; about 4 hours 45 minutes

Order the DVD if you are not sure you player will play the BD-R.

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SERIALS IN PRODUCTION
These serials are being worked on now and will be released
within the next few weeks/months.

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Next Up:

GOVERNMENT AGENTS
VS. PHANTOM LEGION

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THE FIGHTING
DEVIL DOGS

Blu-Ray/DVD


Featuring Lee Powell, Herman Brix and
The Lightning
Directed by William Witney

New restored HD transfer

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THE VOICE FROM THE SKY
Blu-Ray, CD &
Companion Book


The incredibly rare existing footage from the first sound serial, with an audio re-creation of the story and book containing the original script.

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THE HOUSE
OF HATE
DVD
Featuring Pearl White and Antonio Moreno

The amazing, thrilling and influential serial featuring the queen of serials at the height of her career vs. the murderous Hooded Terror, the first significant masked super-villain of the serials. An upgraded transfer at the correct speed, with higher image quality & new musical score

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THE ADVENTURES OF TARZAN


Upgraded to Blu-ray from new transfers of original chapters from 35mm which will be presented complete as opposed to in condensed form.


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GHOST OF ZORRO
Blu-Ray/DL-DVD


Clayton Moore as a descendant of Zorro in the serial that won him the part of the Lone Ranger

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THE ZORRO
CLIFFHANGER COLLECTION


Zorro's Fighting Legion, Zorro Rides Again, Son of Zorro and Ghost of Zorro collected and restored in a multiple-disk set

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SQUADRON NEWS

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THE VOICE FROM THE SKY
SHALL BE HEARD AGAIN!

The existing reels of the first sound serial ever filmed have been recovered and the new restoration has begun!

A book/audio/Blu-Ray set of THE VOICE FROM THE SKY, which features Hal Taliaferro and Neva Gerber and was produced by Ben "Trail of the Octopus" Wilson, has been to our production schedule this year. Long thought lost, this is an amazing find. And it was an entertaining serial too, an original story about an inventor who creates a device which can broadcast his voice from the clouds, foreign spies who want "the secret of the air," the daughter of the scientist who is protected by a secret service agent, and a cloaked character called the Man from Nowhere whose motives are a mystery.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO SQUADRON RESTORATION PROJECTS
SOON TO BECOME TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Squadron restoration projects will soon be co-produced by a non-profit cinema organization which will allow contributions to rare serial restoration projects to be tax deductible. More information & details soon, as we are able to report it.

PROGRESS REPORT

2019


LAST OF THE MOHICANS HD transfer completed

SPY SMASHER Blu-Ray completed

THE CRIMSON GHOST 640 x 480 DL-DVD Status: Project Completed
THE CRIMSON GHOST 1440 x 1080 Blu-Ray Status: Projects Completed; Shipping now

SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
640 x 480 DL-DVD Status: Project Completed
SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
960 x 720 Blu-Ray Status: Project Completed; Shipping now

CAPTAIN AMERICA Restored edition DVD
Status: Project Completed


2020


SERIAL SQUADRON 2020 CALENDAR
Status: Project completed; order link posted


2020 SERIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP KIT & BOOK completed; shipping now

THE VOICE FROM THE SKY original reels acquired

ADVENTURES OF SIR GALAHAD &
SON OF GERONIMO New original film prints acquired & will be given new transfer

HEROES OF THE WEST and GANG BUSTERS are now available on DL-DVD

THE GALLOPING GHOST Blu-Ray/DVD
Restoration completed & now available

COMING SOON /
WORK IN PROGRESS
For more information about what is in the works click here


GOVERNMENT AGENTS VS.
PHANTOM LEGION
Blu-Ray/DVD

THE HOUSE OF HATE Remastered upgrade with improved picture quality, transferred at correct speed

FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS Blu-Ray

ROCKETMAN IN THE COMICS AND THE MOVIES Book

THE MASKED MARVEL DL-DVD/Blu-Ray & MASKED MARVEL ARCHIVE Book

THE ANNOTATED PERILS OF PAULINE Book

THE ZORRO COLLECTION/
GHOST OF ZORRO
DL-DVD/Blu-Ray

THE FRANK MERRIWELL ARCHIVE COLLECTION: Serial transfer complete, working on printed content

ADVENTURES OF TARZAN upgraded from 35mm DL-DVD/Blu-Ray
TARZAN SERIAL COLLECTION

THE KING OF THE KONGO DL-DVD

BRENDA STARR, REPORTER
Upgrade with new restored content

SERIAL FEATURE VERSIONS
Vol. 2
DL-DVD

LAST OF THE MOHICANS / LEATHERSTOCKING Collectors' package


SUBSCRIBER SHIPMENTS

Coming Next:
THE GALLOPING GHOST Blu-Ray, GOVERNMENT AGENTS VS. PHANTOM LEGION, THE HOUSE OF HATE

SERIAL BOOKS

Available Now

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Coming Soon

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Coming May 2016
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SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available and In Production

The Serial Squadron offers restorations of film serials in Blu-Ray, DVD, Audio and Book form. All our serials on Blu-ray and DVD are restored for picture/and or sound quality, mostly from new stabilized digital transfers of original film prints. Many also include custom extras and reconstruction of lost content.

Squadron AUDIO DVDs available again
TARZAN AUDIO COLLECTION
SHERLOCK HOLMES
BLUE BEETLE
MASTERS OF HORROR
MONSTERS
EXOTIC ADVENTURE
WORLD WAR II
SWORDS OF ADVENTURE
SHADOW OF FU MANCHU
ROY ROGERS SHOW
PIRATES & SEA ADVENTURES

DVD TITLES

Available Now

2-Disk Set

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3-Disk Set

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2-Disk Set

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COMMERCIAL BLU-RAY/DVD LINKS


Here are links to FLASH GORDON, ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, COMMANDO CODY and other currently available high quality commercial serial releases. We do not work on titles which have been released commercially by studios or those which have received legitimate distribution by secondary agencies.

MOVIE THEATER

Visit the Squadron Youtube channel to watch serial chapters online free
Or click
Video to view more sample chapters and Squadron restorations on Amazon

OFFICIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP STUFF

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THE 2020 SERIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP KIT
Includes the incredibly handy 176 page Pocket Pal book jam-packed with information which lists all US serials ever made, feature and re-release versions, serials on video lists, a comprehensive list of pre-1930 serials with credits, Squadron secret codes, membership card, certificate, and Squadron badge. $19,95 (the book alone is worth it!)
Click Here to Read More & Get Your Kit!

THE 2020 SERIAL SQUADRON CALENDAR
Still available -- Includes color movie serial art done for the Squadron
by Eric Stedman & serial star birthdays too!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM LULU.COM

SUBSCRIPTIONS

You can SUBSCRIBE and receive the latest Serial Squadron DVDs as soon as they are published. Visit the PATREON SERIAL SQUADRON VIP SUBSCRIBER PAGE for more details!

ABOUT THE SERIAL SQUADRON
More information and Squadron history

It is our mission at the Squadron to preserve and restore the rarest of all historical theatrical cliffhanger movie serials of 1912-1956 and related series films and create restored editions of serials as yet unseen by the general public, or which are only viewable in poor or incomplete condition, and to keep all these titles available for purposes of historical research, study, remembrance value or to be seen by new audiences unfamiliar with the content. Most titles here come from new transfers done from original films and include restored picture and sound. Silent titles include new scores and missing content in any serial is re-created or summarized. Subscribers help us continue to restore new titles and when special projects surface we sometimes use pledge drives to help fund restorations.
The Squadron also publishes
novelizations of lost serials and serial-related comics.
And some lost serials have been re-created as audio dramas and more will be presented in that form as time goes on.

Note: EVERYTHING here is an "upgrade." We will offer NO DVD copy of a serial that we believe exists in better condition anywhere else. We also do not copy studio releases of serials here, period; we do our own work and restorations. And if a studio makes a serial available commercially we will remove it from our list.

In accordance with current copyright law, no serials will be listed here unless they are public domain and/or more than 75 years old or in their last 20 years of a copyright term and not currently available as a commercial video product by a studio or legitimately licensed rights holder (if any). Copies of orphaned serials in which we have invested time and funds to preserve and restore are (legally) available to the public from this archive in accordance with Section 108 of the US Copyright law which states that “for preservation, scholarship or research, libraries or archives may reproduce, distribute, display or perform published works in their last 20 years of copyright if the work is not subject to commercial exploitation and cannot be obtained at a fair price.”

"Section 108 of the Copyright Act permits libraries and archives to make certain uses of copyrighted materials in order to serve the public and ensure the availability of works over time. Among other things, Section 108 provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives to make copies in specified instances for preservation, replacement and patron access. Section 108 was enacted as part of the Copyright Act of 1976, then amended in 1998 by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act, and in 2005 by the Preservation of Orphan Works Act."


SQUADRON RESTORATIONS CONTAINING ORIGINAL CONTENT ARE NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN. BUY FROM THIS SITE OR LICENSED VENDORS ONLY

We have regrettably recently received reports of unlicensed vendors selling copies of copyrighted Squadron DVDs at conventions, in email lists, and on websites, including THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY and even advertising illegal copies for sale in periodicals. Only Peter C. Walther of Rome NY, Frank Petrick, Norman Kietzer and the Lone Ranger Fan Club are licensed as a secondary distributors of Squadron DVDs so please do not order or purchase copies of Squadron publications from ANY other vendors; if you do you may be purchasing stolen property. Squadron restorations of public domain works are actively and legitimately copyrighted as "new versions" or derivative works, they are not public domain, even if their source material may be. Read about copyrights on derivative works at the Library of Congress. We reserve the right to register a copyright infringement complaint with the FBI, take legal action for damages, or file a charge of theft against any vendor selling copyrighted Squadron works without permission.
By ordering a copy of one of the restored public domain titles you agree to respect its copyright as a new version of a public domain work by the Squadron and not to copy or resell the DVD. In regards to orphaned (abandoned) titles, you agree that you are a writer, reviewer, historian, or library and research, review, or study is your purpose in requesting a copy of any of these films which we have taken pains to restore to as close to their original condition as possible.


"I AM THE SERIAL. I am the black sheep of the picture family and the reviled of critics.
I am the soulless one with no moral, no character, no uplift. All I do is try to amuse.
I am ashamed. Because I have so many friends I wonder if there is not some good in me.
I have ambitions. I will get better.
Until then, I suppose it is my fate to flaunt myself along, to put forth what petty virtues I have as best I can -- and pay for the birth of my high-brow brothers.
Ah, me, if only I could be respectable!" -- Pioneer serial producer/director George B. Seitz

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