The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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The home on the web of the original cinema superhero, Western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood comic book hero blockbusters of today.

COMING SOON ON DVD AND IN PRINT

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MANHUNT OF MYSTERY ISLAND
Featuring
Roy Barcroft

as Captain Mephisto
and
Linda Stirling
November 2017

JESSE JAMES RIDES AGAIN
Featuring
Clayton Moore
as Jesse James
and Linda Stirling

December 2017

THE TIGER WOMAN
Featuring
Allan Lane
and Linda Stirling
as The Tiger Woman

November 2017

Coming May 2016

THE SQUADRON GUIDE TO
THE MOVIE SERIALS


A 400 page book which includes concise descriptions of every cliffhanger serial and film series from 1912-1956, listed in order of release date, and stills from hundreds of rare titles; also covers feature versions and re-releases, TV cliffhangers, serial merchandise, serials on videotape and DVD, serial novelizations, big little books, comics, even sheet music. Created to be a useful, handy reference no cliffhanger serial fan will want to be without!

Release Date TBA

MOVIE THEATER

SECRET SERVICE IN DARKEST AFRICA
Restored by the Serial Squadron
WATCH CHAPTER 2: THE CHARRED WITNESS NOW
Featuring ROD CAMERON punching out every Nazi in sight,
and DUNCAN RENALDO as Pierre LaSalle!

VIEWING SCHEDULE TBA;
Don't miss a single exciting episode!

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NEW RELEASES: AVAILABLE NOW ON DVD

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. 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.

Note: EVERYTHING here is an "upgrade." We will offer NO DVD copy of a serial that we believe exists in better condition anywhere else. If a studio releases a serial from original material we will usually remove it from our list.

New additions to the list of available DVDs: Captain America, Deadwood Dick, Jungle Menace, Perils of Nyoka, The Tarzan Audio Collection, The Master Key, Lost City of the Jungle, Darkest Africa, King of the Texas Rangers, Secret Service in Darkest Africa, G-Men vs. the Black Dragon and the Rex Bennett Collection (see below).

Squadron DVDs now ship in about 1-3 days to the US and internationally
with full color inserts and black and white printed disk labels.
For assistance on DVD disk replacement requests or other issues click here.

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Shipping now to subscribers and website visitors
The fast and furious Rex Bennett WWII spy action serials
G-MEN VS. THE BLACK DRAGON
and SECRET SERVICE IN DARKEST AFRICA
or get both serials in one 4-DVD Set:
THE REX BENNETT COLLECTION

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DARKEST AFRICA
Featuring
Clyde Beatty, Manuel King
and the Bat-men of Africa
in Republic's first serial

Restored and in superb quality

World famous lion tamer Beatty teams up with his trusted assistant Hambone, a jungle boy named Baru, and Bonga, a vine-swinging gorilla, to try to rescue the princess of the lost city of Joba, held captive by evil high priest Dagna and his squadron of flying Bat-men.

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KING OF THE
TEXAS RANGERS

Featuring
Sammy Baugh
as Ranger King
Duncan Renaldo
as Pedro Garcia
Neil "Commissioner Gordon" Hamilton

When mysterious foreigners using a zeppelin as a command post kill quarterback Tom King's father, he teams with Sgt. Pedro Garcia of the Mexican police to avenge the murder and put a stop to the "fifth columnist's" plans for sabotage and destruction. An action-packed classic serial originally conceived as a vehicle for Roy Rogers. With restored picture and audio.

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PERILS OF NYOKA
New Restoration with Original Titles


Featuring
Kay Aldridge as Nyoka Clayton Moore as Larry Adrian Booth as Vultura Tristram Coffin as Torrini and Charles Middleton as Cassib Directed by William Witney
& John English

Adventurers Nyoka Gordon and her friend Larry Grayson search for the golden tablets of Hippocrates, which contain a cure for cancer. Arabian queen Vultura, who masquerades as an earthly incarnation of a pagan Sun Goddess, also wants the tablets and the treasure associated with them and with her lieutenant Cassib and Count Torrini, as well as her bodyguard, an ape named Satan, travels across the desert in her chariot to try to obtain them. An action-packed classic with more torturous deathtraps than possibly any other serial ever made.
Transfer Quality: Superb, stabilized, presented in warm black and white with restored audio & newly synched sound DVD Contents: Complete 15 episode serial Special Features: Reconstructed original "Perils of Nyoka" titles, re-release trailer

This title is now set up with the order-fulfillment service and will ship internationally.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA
The original Squadron Restoration With Extras


Featuring
Dick Purcell as Captain America Lionel Atwill as the Scarab Adrian Booth as Gail Richards


A serial killer calling himself the Scarab goes on a murder spree targeting people connected with an archaeological expedition. District Attorney Grant Gardner decides to go undercover and disguises himself in a Captain America costume to try to apprehend the fiend and his gang of hired goons. Only Gardner's trusted secretary Gail Richards knows he is playing vigilante and helps him apprehend the crooks. Based on the Fawcett Comics character Mister Scarlet, who was replaced due to the DC/Fawcett lawsuit over Captain Marvel (and the fact that his comics weren't selling that well anyway in 1943).
Extras include a slideshow of original stills and about how Jack Kirby created Captain America, and an interview with Captain America memorabilia and toy collector Wade Shaw.

This is the the one others have tried to copy -- the best existing transfer of this title. Get the original, available nowhere else.

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MORE GREAT SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available Now on DVD

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Action Heroes & Heroines

Captain America
The Spider's Web
The Vanishing Shadow
The Blue Beetle
Advs of Frank Merriwell
The Flame Fighter

The Lost Special
The Voice from the Sky

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The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger
All in English; No Subtitles
The Lone Ranger Rides Again
In English, no subtitles

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Exotic Adventure

Drums of Fu Manchu
From an original print
Exotic Adventure
The Desert Song
Lost City of the Jungle
Shadow of Fu Manchu
Under the Crescent

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Phantom Empire
Restored & Scored
Flash Gordon
Commando Cody
Radar Men from the Moon
Undersea Kingdom

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Jungle & Tarzan

Tarzan the Fearless
In cliffhanger format
Adventures of Tarzan
Tarzan Audio Collection
The Call of the Savage
Darkest Africa
Jungle Menace
Jungle Princess

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Westerns

Daredevils of the West
The Complete Serial
The Red Rider
The Devil Horse
Great Adventures of
Wild Bill Hickok
Heroes of the West
The Lone Defender
Mystery Mountain
The Painted Stallion
The Rustlers of Red Dog
The Sign of the Wolf
The Vanishing Legion
All Star Western Theater
Roy Rogers Show

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Occult & Horror

The Hope Diamond Mystery
Featuring Boris Karloff
The Trail of the Octopus
The Mysteries of Myra
Zudora

Masters of Horror / Monsters
The Mystery Mind
Seven Footprints to Satan

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Mystery

The House of Hate
The long-lost Pearl White serial
The Green Archer
Sherlock Holmes
The Strange Case of Mary Page

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Masked Riders

Deadwood Dick
The Masked Rider
The Black Whip
The Eagle
Zorro Rides Again
Zorro's Black Whip
Zorro's Fighting Legion

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Crime
Beatrice Fairfax
Gang Busters
The Wolf Dog
Blake of Scotland Yard
Holt of the Secret Service
Radio Patrol
Tales of the Texas Rangers

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Air, War & Spy
The Master Key
The Mystery Squadron
Patria

The Fighting Marines
Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery
World War II On the Air

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Audio DVDs
Robin Hood/Swords of Adventure
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Masters of Horror/Monsters
Exotic Adventures
& Much More

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Mounties
King of the Mounties
Clancy of the Mounted
The Mystery Trooper

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Pirates & Sea
The Secret of Treasure Island
Mala, Secret Agent of the South Seas
Isle of Sunken Gold Vol 2
The Mystery of the River Boat
Pirates & Sea Adventures
SOS Coast Guard

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Anthology DVDs
The Lost Serial Collection
SerialFest DVD Magazine
The Wharton Serials


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and include DVDs with printed disk labels.


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MORE UPCOMING RELEASES IN PRODUCTION

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Coming May 2016
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The films above have been delivered for transfer to USC and will be published as they are completed.

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MORE TO COME

SERIALFEST DVD MAGAZINE #5

Featuring chapters from THE EXPLOITS OF ELAINE

BEST OF SERIALFEST
DVD MAGAZINE

Featuring Nick Carter Detective, The Liberty Boys, Mr. Foo,
the Leather Pushers & More

CLIFFHANGER
TREASURY #3


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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, 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 will 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.


"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!" -- George B. Seitz


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