The Serial Squadron is a multimedia archive -- a soon-to-be non-profit library/archive 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 is the home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes, and our goal is to preserve, restore and make available for viewing or study the original cliffhangers that inspired Star Wars and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.
New Daily/Weekly Serials Viewable Online
DAILY SERIAL CHAPTER
The Squadron presents a serial chapter daily M-T-W-Th-F at 8:00 pm US EST
Go to the Squadron Facebook Group for the "watch party" every weeknight!
DAREDEVIL OF THE SKIES
Featuring Tom Neal, Tristram Coffin and Judy Clark
Directed by Spencer Bennet
An aviator takes on a gang of crooks led by a foreign agent called "The Recorder" who use high-tech "flying discs" to enforce their campaign of destruction. Directed by Spencer Bennet in Republic serial-style, featuring stunt men Tom Steele and Dale VanSickel in stunt fight after stunt fight. Restored pretty well from a rough print with some scratches and damage but complete, sharp and watchable. with good sound and non-splicy openings and closings. Not perfect but a vast improvement over existing copies in circulation. Check the Squadron Facebook group for sample videos; a chapter will be posted here soon.
COMING IN NOVEMBER 2020
THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS
Featuring Lee Powell, Herman Brix and The Lightning
Directed by William Witney
A group of heroic soldiers battle a helmeted super-villain called The Lightning, who controls "the power of electricity" and wants to use it to rule the world. The Lightning was to become the cinematic prototype for the character Darth Vader in Star Wars. This serial may have been planned for Doc Savage but the title characters cast as Marines instead when the license fee for the character turned out to be too high for Republic to be able to afford. So if that was the case, that is why the Doc Savage-type world-conquering villain Republic made up still remains in the serial.
New restored state-of-the-art HD film-scanner transfer
The Fighting Devil Dogs will be available in 3 editions: 2K Blu-Ray, DVD, and a "Streamlined" version of the serial which bypasses recaps and allows continuous action (the result being a 10 chapter serial with eight 14.5 minute and two 2o minute-long chapters).
Picture and audio have been restored and while the original print was sometimes variable where exposure was concerned the transfer is clear and remarkably sharp.
Watch this page for updates on when this title will be orderable.
SERIALS IN PRODUCTION
These serials are being worked on now and will be released
within the next few weeks/months.
MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR SATAN
Featuring Robert Wilcox and Eduardo Ciannelli
A crazed scientist plans to create an army of killer robots with which he thinks he can control the world and destroy Superman. When Superman flies off, thinking he can make more money appearing in Fleischer cartoons instead, a new hero called the Copperhead steps up to the plate to fight Dr. Satan and the one robot he's been able to manufacture so far and rescue Lois, who stayed to finish the serial. So cliffhanger situations here created for Superman but adapted for the Copperhead are quite extreme and thrilling. New 2K digital transfer.
THE KING OF THE KONGO
Featuring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff
Early Mascot serial featuring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff which was released part-sound, part-silent and included brief dialogue sequences recorded on discs. We will be putting the serial out fully scored and restored despite the decision of a collector to keep some of those discs from the public for 20 years. This edition will be one you can actually hold in your hands and watch and listen to, will be fully scored and restored and include complete dubbed and subtitled versions of the dialogue scenes.
GUNFIGHTERS OF THE NORTHWEST
LAST OF THE WHITE HORSE RAIDERS
Featuring Jock Mahoney, Clayton Moore and Phyllis Coates
Jock Mahoney and Clayton Moore (on hiatus from the TV Lone Ranger program) as mounties after racketeers controlled by "The Leader."
Featuring Pearl White and Antonio Moreno
The 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.
Also in production (possibly): The original novelization of the serial, never before made available in the US.
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.
Zorro's Fighting Legion, Zorro Rides Again, Son of Zorro and Ghost of Zorro collected and restored in a multiple-disk set
THE VOICE FROM THE SKY
Featuring Hal Taliaferro
and Neva Gerber
The incredibly rare existing footage from the first sound serial, with an audio re-creation of the story adapted from the original script. An inventor creates a device which can broadcast his voice from the clouds, and foreign spies want "the secret of the air." The daughter of the scientist who is protected by a secret service agent, and a cloaked character appears called the Man from Nowhere whose motives are a mystery.
NEW DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES & ARCHIVE TITLES
Restorations of these titles are complete and shipping now.
Requests for new restorations usually ship within a week. We are experiencing a higher than usual volume of order requests right now and are not staffed like Amazon.com so please be patient about shipping. The email you receive with tracking number means your order has been received and is on the table being assembled and will ship when complete.
NEW & NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY and DL-DVD
SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
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.
The Squadron is not a commercial store that ships daily like Amazon.com.
It is a digital archive, the goal of which is to keep rare content perpetually available at a reasonable cost and never let it go out of print.
So titles are made to order for all requests.
For faster shipping, please limit library title requests to 4 tiles or less
and allow 1-4 weeks for delivery of any shipment.
DVD TITLES Available Now
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.
ACTION HERO & HEROINE SERIALS
SCi-FI & FANTASY SERIALS
AVIATION, WAR & SPY SERIALS
CRIME & MYSTERY SERIALS
OCCULT & HORROR SERIALS
EXOTIC ADVENTURE SERIALS
PIRATE & SEA ADVENTURE SERIALS
MASKED RIDER SERIALS
RARE FEATURES Also restored by the Squadron
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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, 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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