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.

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.
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Newly added releases:
Squadron Audio DVD Collections
The Blue Beetle, Masters of Horror/Monsters, Swords of Adventure,
Exotic Adventure/World War II in Sound
and Roy Rogers/Tales of the Texas Rangers

NEW DVD RELEASES

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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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JESSE JAMES CLIFFHANGERS
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February 2018

MOVIE THEATER

NOW PLAYING: JESSE JAMES RIDES AGAIN
Chapter 1: Black Raiders Restored by the Serial Squadron
Featuring CLAYTON "The Lone Ranger" MOORE and LINDA STIRLING

THE JAMES BROTHERS OF MISSOURI
Chapter 1: Frontier Renegades Restored by the Serial Squadron
Featuring KEITH RICHARDS and NOEL "Lois Lane" NEILL

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COMING SOON ON DVD AND IN PRINT
These serials are currently being restored and proofed and will be released as single and multi-serial sets in upcoming months. Subscribers will receive the multi-disk sets including extra items such as the BLACK WHIP upgrade at no extra charge.

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Coming May 2016

The Interplanetary Adventures of
ROCKETMAN
Featuring
Tristram Coffin, George Wallace, Judd Holdren,
Dr. Vulcan, Marex the Martian
and Roy Barcroft as Retik the Moon Menace

in 3 Complete Serials
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN
RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON
ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE

All remastered and restored

March 2018

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!

In final proof stage -- Release Date TBA

MORE DVDS AVAILABLE NOW

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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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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.
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

The beautiful but dangerous ruler of a Central American jungle tribe fiercely defends her people against crooked operators who want to gain access to her land's oil reserves, with the help of intrepid troubleshooter Allen Saunders. Plenty of action, some of which inspired scenes in Indiana Jones films.

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

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. 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. Watch Chapter 1

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

Claire Forrest asks private investigator Lance Reardon to help her find her kidnapped father. The inventor of the Radiatomic Power Transmitter is held prisoner on Mystery Island by one of its four owners, who conceals his identity by transforming himself into Captain Mephisto, a pirate ancestor. As the villain harasses Forrest into completing the device that will give her control of world industry, Lance and Claire follow Mephisto's trail throughout the island, while death narrows the number of suspects from four to two.

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

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.

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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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EXCLUSIVE RELEASES & SPECIAL RESTORATIONS

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Drums of Fu Manchu
From an original print

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The Spider's Web
Highest quality transfer

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King of the Mounties
Missing Audio Restored

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The Lone Ranger
All in English; No Subtitles

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The Lone Ranger
Rides Again

All in English; No Subtitles

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The Trail of the Octopus
The Bizarre Silent Serial

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The Hope Diamond Mystery
Featuring Boris Karloff

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The House of Hate
Pearl vs. the Hooded Terror!

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The Phantom Empire
Restored & Scored

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The Vanishing Shadow
The original restoration

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The Wolf Dog
Nice new transfer

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The Masked Rider
The amazing rediscovery

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Daredevils of the West
The Complete Serial

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Tarzan the Fearless
In cliffhanger format

LIST OF ALL BOOKS, DVDs AND AUDIO DVDs
Including titles in production

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The Phantom Empire
Undersea Kingdom

King of the Rocket Men
Radar Men from the Moon
Zombies of the Stratosphere

Masked Riders
Deadwood Dick
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Rides Again
The Masked Rider
The Eagle
Zorro's Black Whip
(see the LINDA STIRLING COLLECTION above)
Zorro's Fighting Legion
Zorro Rides Again

Son of Zorro
Ghost of Zorro

Anthology DVDs
The Lost Serial Collection Vol. 1
The Lost Serial Collection Vol. 2
Best of SerialFest DVD Magaine




NEW CLIFFHANGER SERIAL PRODUCTION

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The Serial Squadron produces original content from time to time. Currently in pre-production:

ISLE OF PIRATES' DOOM
A New 6-Chapter Cliffhanger Movie Serial
Adapted from the Story by
ROBERT E. HOWARD
Produced by MATTHEW IMPARATO
In cooperation with VALHALLA'S PIRATES
and
THE SERIAL SQUADRON
Directed by
ERIC STEDMAN
Featuring
CHARLES WALDRON as Captain Black

Non-Union Actors and Stunt Performers will be required for this production.
6-12 Adult Males 21-55 who can fight
to play Portugese and English pirates
2 Females 18-35 with strong fighting skills
to play female pirate (lead) & villain
There are no roles for children or teenagers, sorry

To be shot in spring 2018 in NJ locations
AUDITION NOTICE TO BE POSTED SOON

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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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.

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"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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