The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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The home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes,
and jungle, mystery, western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS
and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.


All our serials on DVD are restored for picture/and or sound quality, mostly from original film prints, and some are also newly scored, stabilized, reconstructed, and include extras.
Squadron DVDs now ship in about 1-3 days internationally with full color inserts and printed disk labels.

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NOW PLAYING: THE DESERT HAWK
Chapter 1: The Twin Brothers Restored by Eric Stedman
Featuring GILBERT ROLAND

NEW DUAL-LAYER DVDs AVAILABLE NOW

The new release Dual-layer DVD sets in the panel below are ready to order now. (A dual-layer DVD is a single disk which holds 2 regular DVDs worth of content at full quality.) Until we are able to set up a new shopping cart which will integrate them with the Vervante service, which ships Squadron library DVDs, the DL-DVD titles in the panel below must be ordered individually. They are shipped directly from the Squadron within 1-7 business days.

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THE GREAT ARABIAN
ADVENTURE SERIAL
THE DESERT HAWK
Featuring
GILBERT ROLAND
KENNETH MacDONALD
MONA MARIS, FRANK LACKTEEN
and CHARLES MIDDLETON

In the land of Ajad, Hassan, the jealous and treacherous twin of rightful, good caliph Kasim targets his brother for murder and assumes his identity. Unknown to Hassan, Kasim survives his scheming brother's midnight coup and assumes the identity of a legendary outlaw called "the Hawk." Kasim and his loyal allies must battle Hassan's treasonous assassins and the dangerous Brothers of the Sword in order to help the rightful ruler win the love of beautiful princess Azala and work his way back to the throne.

An action-packed and entertaining exotic adventure story with lavish sets and an engaging plot, featuring a good cast including a solid leading man in a dual role and many familiar supporting classic serial actors. One of a few costume epic serials of the 1940s that tried something different.

"I just finished watching Desert Hawk and the picture quality was great. Thank you for all of the effort that you devote to saving these old films. My children and grandchildren do not understand  the culture of Americans who would devote hours watching these titles every week."
--
Squadron supporter Harry D.

Standard definition dual-layer
(double-length) DVD
15 episodes; 4 hours 52 minutes
Restored picture and audio, with light warm/cool tone enhancement.

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SERIAL RARITIES
from the Squadron Vault


Contains serial and series film content previously released in the
Serialfest DVD Magazine and unreleased pilot programs.

THE LIBERTY BOYS:
"The Blue Riders"
(1920s) 20:57

EL COYOTE Unaired TV pilot
Muriel Davis (c. 1955) 26:32

THE LEATHER PUSHERS Round 2 Reginald Denny 18:43

PIRATE TREASURE Chapter 1
Richard Talmadge 18:54

THE MISSION OF MR. FOO
(Edison, 1915) 11:17

NICK CARTER, DETECTIVE:
"A Cry at Midnight" 21:34

The CAPTAIN MARVEL CHRONOLOGY 10:07
THE VOICE FROM THE SKY Ch. 1
(audio): "Doomed" 10:55
BUSTER CRABBE POOLS Infomercial 9:50
THE ROAD TO BERLIN with Ralph Byrd 5:53
DRISTAN COMMERCIAL with Kirk Alyn 1:02
LONE RANGER Home movie cartoon 2:40
ADVENTURES OF THE SCARLET CLOAK pilot 30:50
THE PHANTOM PIRATE Radio pilot 27:25

Standard definition dual-layer
(double-length) DVD, sound and silent, black and white and color-toned
14 Chapters & Shorts; 3 hours 36 minutes

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THE ORIGINAL, REMASTERED
AND WITH A NEW MUSICAL SCORE
THE PERILS OF PAULINE
Featuring
PEARL WHITE
PAUL PANZER & CRANE WILBUR

Pauline's adoptive father dies and leaves his sizable fortune in the hands of Owen, a con man who will control it until such time as she is married. Pauline denies a proposal from handsome Harry Marvin because she wants to spend a year adventuring. Owen and his blackmailer decide that if Pauline were made to disappear they'd make out like bandits. So guess happens to Pauline? Answer: anything and everything Owen and his scheming confederate can arrange to try to do her in.

Re-translated with titles that make sense and use correct character names from the original US release, stabilized, and newly scored for a fresh and new experience with this groundbreaking and important series.

Standard definition dual-layer (double-length) DVD
9 episodes, about 4 hours
Restored picture and new musical score
Extras include
Episode Guide with scenes from lost episodes, and a mini-documentary

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BLACK ARROW
BRAVE HERO
OF THE NAVAJO

Featuring

ROBERT SCOTT
CHARLES MIDDLETON
KENNETH MacDONALD

When a young Navajo refuses to kill a kindly Indian agent accused of allowing a treaty to be broken, he is run out of his own tribe and ends up hunted by white settlers as well. A scheming carpetbagger who killed his father and started the trouble to begin with also wants to do him in, so the action never stops in this exciting 15-episode cliffhanger featuring a Native American character, Black Arrow, as the hero, who is supported by a good-humored and loyal Mexican friend, Pancho, and two women -- a pretty blonde concerned for his safety and a daring woman captured from his tribe by the Zunis who helps him escape his enemies.

Charles Middleton is featured in a rare "good guy" role as the kindly Indian Agent, and George J. Lewis plays Black Arrow's jealous rival Snake-that-Walks.

Standard definition dual-layer (double-length) DVD
15 episodes; about 5 hours
Restored picture and audio
Black and white

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The Interplanetary Adventures of
ROCKETMAN
Featuring
TRISTRAM COFFIN
GEORGE WALLACE
JUDD HOLDREN

LEONARD NIMOY
Dr. Vulcan, Marex the Martian
and
ROY BARCROFT
as
Retik the Moon Menace

in 3 Complete 12-episode serials
on 3 Dual-layer DVDs:

KING OF THE
ROCKET MEN

RADAR MEN
FROM THE MOON

ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE


All remastered and restored --
RADAR MEN with special color enhancement

Extras include all 3 theatrical trailers, a mini-documentary "The Origin of Rocketman" and an interview with mega-collector Bob Burns, owner of the Rocketman costume.

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COMING SOON ON DVD AND IN PRINT

These serials are currently being transferred, restored and proofed and will be released in the approximate order below as single and multi-serial sets in upcoming months. Subscribers will receive the multi-disk sets including extra items such as the Zorro upgrades at no extra charge.

The order of release is subject to modification. When a new serial is ready to order, it will be moved up to the "Available Now" section and a BUY IT NOW button will appear in its description.

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OCTOBER A featured role for Adrian Booth as an heiress marked for death by criminals and willing and able to fight back, with the aid of her friend, a policeman. With extras.

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NOVEMBER A new transfer of the fan-favorite classic, to be made available on both DVD and Blu-Ray if possible.

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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: George Reeves in a medieval adventure inspired by Prince Valiant
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DECEMBER Doctor Satan and his murderous robot vs. the Copperhead in a new HD transfer
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FEBRUARY Clayton Moore as a descendant of Zorro in the serial that won him the part of the Lone Ranger
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JANUARY The extremely rare Robin Hood-style serial in a new digital transfer
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TBA: Four feature versions of 1940s serials -- titles TBA
TBA: Stunt man Richard Talmadge in his one and only featured serial role
TBA: Rare masked-rider serial in which the title character poses as a mythological figure during a conflict with the Comanche
TBA: Zorro's Fighting Legion, Zorro Rides Again, Son of Zorro and Ghost of Zorro collected and restored in a 4 DL-DVD set
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TBA: Adrian Booth's final serial -- an audio and printed adaptation of a lost 1920 serial in which the heroine is besieged by "Phantom Face" and the most horrific collection of assassins ever.
TBA: Herbert Rawlinson in a rare complete silent serial, playing a heroic fireman
TBA: Columbia's berserk answer to the silent serial of the same name
TBA: The dime novel super-sportsman come to life, with Flash Gordon's Jean Rogers
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TBA: "The Recorder" and his subversive forces intend to use flying disks to attack America and a famed pilot flies to the rescue.
TBA: Espionage giant "The Gargoyle" uses sinister technology to terrorize the United States. Richard Wentworth aka The Spider intends to put a stop to his schemes.
TBA: A collection of the serials filmed in Ithaca, New York by Wharton Inc. 1914-17
TBA: A crooked oil man and his ruthless gang attempt to force ranchers off their land
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, stills from hundreds of rare titles, 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!

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SPECIAL PROJECT NEWS

UP TO $4000 VALUE REWARD
For original audio from the 1929 Mascot serial
THE KING OF THE KONGO


The Serial Squadron, Grapevine Video and Sara Karloff will be joining forces soon to produce a new restoration of the 1929 part-sound serial
The King of the Kongo featuring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff.

Dialogue sequences for this serial were recorded on Vitaphone disks, some of which may be lost forever, and some of which are in the hands of private collectors. Missing dialogue will be included in the release in newly dubbed and in optional subtitle-view form. But the more original audio that can be included on this DVD, the better the final result will be and the more delighted film fans who will be able to view the serial in more complete form than ever before.

Anyone contributing original audio recordings to this project will receive:

  • Credit on the DVD in the opening titles as a primary contributor
  • $200 value in (10) finished DVDs per contributed recording, for a total possible maximum reward of $4000 worth of DVDs
  • The opportunity to take the finished restoration to film festivals and introduce it to the world by showing it for the first time.
If you know anyone who has access to original recordings of audio tracks from this serial please encourage him (or her) to contribute to this project and gain the appreciation of classic film and movie serial fans everywhere for sharing content others would so much like to see (and hear). Or, if you have access to recordings yourself, please contact Production Coordinator John Ellis (video effects professional and restoration director for the STEVE CANYON TV series) to contribute to the project, help put this serial back together and collect your reward!

This project is endorsed by Boris Karloff's daughter Sara Karloff, who will be contributing to the release and will also greatly appreciate any contributions.


Help complete this digital restoration, become a permanent part of film history, and gain the eternal appreciation of the classic film community!

Contact johnellis.lsfx@serialsquadron.com
Or serialhq@aol.com

SQUADRON LIBRARY DVDS AND ARCHIVE TITLES AVAILABLE NOW
EXCLUSIVE RELEASES & SPECIAL RESTORATIONS

All the titles below are standard 1-2 DVD sets and ship from the Vervante service in 1-3 business days. You may make multiple-title orders of these DVDs.

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The Spider's Web
Highest quality transfer
of a great serial

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The Lone Ranger
All in English; No Subtitles
The original restoration

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Drums of Fu Manchu
From an original print
Best existing quality
Upgrade from VCI edition!

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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 and Charles Middleton as Cassib Directed by William Witney & John English

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

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THE TIGER WOMAN
Featuring Linda Stirling
as The Tiger Woman
Allan Lane, Duncan Renaldo,
George J. Lewis
and LeRoy Mason
Includes original opening titles

2-DVD Set includes 12 chapters
& theatrical trailer

Quality: Excellent; pure restored B/W, restored audio

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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

This is the the one others have tried to copy -- the best existing transfer of this title. Get the original, available nowhere else.
Watch Chapter 1

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King of the Mounties
The partially-lost serial with missing audio restored

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The Lone Ranger
Rides Again

All in English; No Subtitles

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Daredevils of the West
The Complete Serial
Exclusive release

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MANHUNT OF
MYSTERY ISLAND
Featuring Roy Barcroft as Captain Mephisto, Kenne Duncan
and Linda Stirling
Newly restored

2-DVD Set includes all 15 chapters & theatrical trailer
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Excellent; pure restored B/W, restored audio

View Color-toned Ch. 1 (not on DVD)
View Chapter 2: Satan's Web (BW)

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KING OF THE
TEXAS RANGERS


Featuring

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

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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

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SECRET SERVICE IN DARKEST AFRICA
Rex Bennett fights Nazis disguised as spies in Casablanca

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G-MEN VS. THE BLACK DRAGON
Rex battles dangerous spy and saboteur Haruchi

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THE REX BENNETT COLLECTION
The fast and furious Rex Bennett WWII spy/action serials both in one 4-DVD Set

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The House of Hate
Pearl vs. the Hooded Terror!
Exclusive release

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The Trail of the Octopus
The Bizarre Silent Serial
Exclusive release

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The Hope Diamond Mystery
Featuring Boris Karloff
Exclusive release

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THE JAMES BROTHERS OF MISSOURI
Featuring
Keith Richards
and Noel Neill

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

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THE LINDA STIRLING COLLECTION

MANHUNT OF
MYSTERY ISLAND

THE TIGER WOMAN
ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP
(Click the links above for further information on the individual titles)

All restored / 6-DVD Set

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Blake of Scotland Yard
Restored & stabilized

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Tarzan the Fearless
In cliffhanger format

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The Vanishing Shadow
The original restoration

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The Phantom Empire
Restored & Scored

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The Wolf Dog
Nice new transfer

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The Masked Rider
The amazing rediscovery

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INTRODUCING ROCKETMAN
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN
Featuring
TRISTRAM COFFIN as Rocketman
and MAE CLARKE

Jeff King of the Science Associates and his newly-invented atomic-powered rocket pack flies to fight the minions of the murderous Dr. Vulcan, a disguised rogue scientist.

2-DVD set with restored picture and audio; includes original mini-documentary THE ORIGIN OF ROCKETMAN & original theatrical trailer.

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REPUBLIC'S FINAL
SCI-FI SERIAL
ZOMBIES
OF THE STRATOSPHERE
Featuring
JUDD HOLDREN
LEONARD NIMOY and ALINE TOWNE

Larry Martin now wears the Rocket Suit and tries to stop Marex, a Martian, from collecting material he needs to replace Earth with Mars in the sun's orbit. His creepy henchmen include Leonard Nimoy in a very early screen role.

2-DVD set includes the original theatrical trailer and an interview with Hollywood mega-collector and classic film Bob Burns on Sci-fi cliffhangers.

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THE EPIC SPACE CLIFFHANGER
RADAR MEN FROM THE
MOON
Featuring
GEORGE WALLACE
as Commando Cody
ROY BARCROFT and CLAYTON MOORE

Commando Cody, inheritor of the rocket pack, and friends travel to the Moon to battle Retik, ruler of the Moon people, who wants to invade Earth and plunder its resources.

2-DVD set with restored picture and audio; black and white with color tone enhancements, includes theatrical trailer. A great presentation of a great serial.

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Including titles in production

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ABOUT THE SERIAL SQUADRON

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.

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.

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.

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 rightsholder (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.”

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.



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.

"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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