The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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RESEARCH LIBRARY

The Reference section of this site has been expanded to include complete lists of serials by studio and a comprehensive list of ALL US MOVIE SERIALS from 1912 to 1956, with release dates.

US SERIALS 1912-1956 COMPLETE DESCRIPTIONS
1912-1918| 1919-1922 | 1923-1929 | 1930-1938 | 1939-1945 | 1946-1956

SERIALS LISTED BY STUDIO
Pathé | Universal | Mascot | Republic | Columbia | Feature Versions

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The Serial Squadron is a multimedia archive -- a soon-to-be non-profit library supported by enthusiasts of the form, historians, and in cooperation with film archives and private collectors, which restores, repairs, and re-creates movie and audio serials not now available or have never been been commercially released by studios or legitimately licensed rightsholders in video, audio, and printed form. The Squadron published the first-ever movie serial on DVD, Zorro's Fighting Legion, in 2002 and has continued working on restorations of rare and long-unavailable movie serials ever since. Our goal is to preserve, restore and make available for viewing or study the original cliffhangers that inspired Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.

Complete list of all Squadron Blu-Ray and DVD titles

SOON TO COME: Downloadable MP4 and/or Disk Image versions of serials!

Re: EXISTING ORDERS: We are going over all communication and the PayPal orders list to check everything that has been ordered and shipped in the past several months through the old system to make sure nothing has been missed and sending out mainly replacement disk and membership kit orders, and orders which had an address problem or got hung up at the Post Office etc. Please don't email us again about an issue you have written about before right now during the changeover in order systems. Please assume we received your email and are working to resolve it and get your order or replacement disk to you; if we need information from you Azura will email you.

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NEW BLU-RAYS, DVDs, CDs and BOOKS
Order Links to be Posted Soon

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COMING SOON

The Serial Squadron presents
ADVENTURES OF
SIR GALAHAD

15 Chapters / Blu-Ray & DVD

A new HD digital transfer in glorious black and white from a near-perfect original print

Featuring
GEORGE "SUPERMAN" REEVES
Lois Hall, John Merton
Directed by Spencer Bennet

Galahad and fellow knights fight the Saxons, Black Knight, and Merlin's magic, and try to recover stolen Excalibur.

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GUNFIGHTERS OF THE NORTHWEST DVD

Featuring Jock Mahoney, Clayton Moore and Phyllis Coates

A very rare serial in a somewhat "soft" transfer but very clean and stable, properly cropped and with enhanced audio. Not often you see the Lone Ranger, Tarzan and Lois Lane all in the same movie!

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THE TRAIL OF
THE OCTOPUS

DVD UPGRADE

Updated with new footage, including more of the aftermath of Stanhope's murder in Chapter 1, the formerly missing Chapter 9 reel 2 and the crucial and eye-popping scene in the final chapter in which the true identity of Monsieur X is finally revealed.

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COLUMBIA SERIAL THEMES
CD

Opening themes of every single Columbia serial from 1937's JUNGLE MENACE to BLAZING THE OVERLAND TRAIL in 1956, in order, with an index on the back of the DVD case it's shipped in.

SQUADRON RESTORATIONS ON BLU-RAY
The releases below come from new state-of-the-art HD transfers of the best-quality available
film prints sourced from loans or purchases from collectors or archives.

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PLEDGE DRIVE PROJECTS
Next Up: The first sound serial THE VOICE FROM THE SKY

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CLIFFHANGER SERIAL BOOKS

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Coming May 2016

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MOVIE THEATER

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Enter the name for this tabbed section: GOVERNMENT AGENTS VS PHANTOM LEGION
Enter the name for this tabbed section: SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
Enter the name for this tabbed section: BRUCE GENTRY
Enter the name for this tabbed section: SPY SMASHER
Enter the name for this tabbed section: GALLOPING GHOST
Enter the name for this tabbed section: FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS
Enter the name for this tabbed section: MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR SATAN
Enter the name for this tabbed section: PERILS OF PAULINE
Enter the name for this tabbed section: BOB BURNS/ROCKETMAN
Enter the name for this tabbed section: LONE RANGER
Enter the name for this tabbed section: THE SPIDER'S WEB

SERIALS ON DL-DVD
Dual-layer DVDs can contain 4-5 hours of video on one disk.
The serials below were mastered from the best available source, usually
16mm prints given new digital transfers.

COMICS/PULP-STYLE COSTUMED CHARACTER SERIALS
The Squadron offers the highest-quality available edition of THE SPIDER'S WEB,
created from a new Rank Cintel transfer of a rare 16mm print, and new editions of many
highly-regarded Republic serials from new 2k digital transfers, stabilized and fully restored.

THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS features the black-caped and helmeted villain "The Lightning,"
the inspiration for Darth Vader in STAR WARS.

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ACTION HEROES/HEROINES & SPORTS SERIALS
The Squadron edition of THE PERILS OF PAULINE is by far the most comprehensive
and highest quality of the serial in existence. Newly transferred and scored, it
includes copious extras detailing information about lost episodes and other
films and serials inspired by the great "original."

ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL
is one of the highest-picture-quality
releases available from the Squadron or anyone else for that matter. (Try the Blu-Ray!)

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SERIAL ANTHOLOGIES
The Wharton Serials / The Lost Serial Collection / Serial Rarities

1-Disk Set

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3-Disk Set

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Ithaca film enthusiasts: Please also see the listings here for BEATRICE FAIRFAX, THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA, PATRIA and IF WOMEN ONLY KNEW.

2-Disk Set

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SCI-FI, FANTASY & COSTUME EPIC SERIALS
THE ROCKETMAN COLLECTION includes all 3 of the original Republic
Rocketman/Commando Cody theatrical serials and is a fan favorite.

THE PHANTOM EMPIRE
restoration uniquely includes a period musical score
and sepia/blue tone effects distinguishing Western and Muranian scenes.

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WARTIME & SPY SERIALS
If you haven't seen the new restored version of SPY SMASHER, you need to grab the Blu-Ray
immediately; it has been one of the most well-received serial restorations ever.

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AVIATION SERIALS
FLYING G-MEN was a precursor to the Blackhawks of the comics. THE GREAT AIR MYSTERY and
THE MYSTERY SQUADRON are excellent quality transfers and BRUCE GENTRY an enjoyable
Republic-like serial with plenty of stunt fighting.

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The STEVE CANYON TV SERIES restoration by John Ellis is remarkably high in quality. The transfer is from the original 35mm show masters and artifacts are all removed so the quality is "pristine." The 3-DVD set includes commentary tracks by a featured performers on almost every episode. Commercials and extras are also there. If you enjoy this series, this is a must-buy.

CRIME SERIALS
BRENDA STARR, REPORTER will be offered soon in further-restored form
from the Squadron, with previously missing content added and re-created.

GANG BUSTERS features one of the most engaging plots of any serial: the "League of Murdered Men" who commit crimes with clues that lead to dead men(?)

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OCCULT, HORROR & MYSTERY SERIALS
The bizarre Ben Wilson serial THE TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS and
Boris Karloff's earliest major appearance,
THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY
are offered exclusively by the Squadron and include new musical scores.

The upgraded restoration of the superb Pearl White serial
THE HOUSE OF HATE is in production and will be released in 2021.

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EXOTIC ADVENTURE SERIALS
The Squadron offers the only edition of the splendidly-produced and directed
DRUMS OF FU MANCHU, digitally mastered from an original print.

The Squadron editions of
THE TIGER WOMAN and PERILS OF NYOKA
include restored original titles. All three titles have excellent picture and sound
quality and are highly recommended.

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JUNGLE SERIALS
The Squadron's restoration of TARZAN THE FEARLESS is the only edition to include rare footage not seen in the feature version, and is presented in chapter format.

A new upgraded HD restoration of
ADVENTURES OF TARZAN is in production.

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BLU-RAY UPGRADE WITH NEW FOOTAGE IN PRODUCTION

PIRATE & SEA ADVENTURE SERIALS
Squadron-exclusive titles in this category include the rare early sound serial
PIRATE TREASURE featuring accomplished stunt man Richard Talmadge.

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MOUNTIE SERIALS
Don't miss KING OF THE MOUNTIES (which was originally to have featured Spy Smasher),
one of the most action-packed and well-directed and edited serials ever.
The Squadron edition includes fully re-created sound effects and music
for reels for which audio has thus far been unavailable.

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MASKED RIDER SERIALS
Eric Stedman of the Serial Squadron created the restoration of the
1938 Republic
LONE RANGER serial and the Squadron exclusively
offers it and its sequel in unique, unsubtitled, complete editions in English.

THE MASKED RIDER, also offered only by the Squadron, was an amazingly influential
(and violent) serial from 1919, the first to be named after a prominent masked/mystery
Western character, and predated and inspired Zorro's black costume

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WESTERN SERIALS
The Squadron's unique flagship Western title is the long-unseen
DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST, mastered from an original Republic print.

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RARE FEATURES Also restored by the Squadron

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UPGRADE IN PRODUCTION

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The Squadron does not work on titles which have been released commercially by studios or those which have received legitimate distribution by secondary agencies.

Here are links to some currently available high
quality and recommended commercial serial releases.

Adventures of Captain Marvel / Commando Cody
Daredevils of the Red Circle / The Shadow
Panther Girl of the Kongo/ The Invisible Monster
Flying Disc Man from Mars / The Mysterious Airman
Flash Gordon Trilogy / Batman/Batman and Robin
Superman/Atom Man Vs. Superman


BTW The "real", licensed and high quality FLASH GORDON set is the one pictured at left, which was previously released in three volumes with covers with black backgrounds by Image. Look for it on eBay.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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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, 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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