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 often include extras.

There are now two different kinds of shopping carts on this site for two different kinds of DVDs, standard and DL-DVDs. You can combine DVD orders of either type in each cart, and some titles are available in both formats.

Squadron DVDs shipped from the Vervante service (with gray ADD TO CART buttons) offer serials mostly as 2 disk sets and ship in 1-3 business days internationally with full color inserts and printed disk labels. There is no limit to how many DVDs you may order at a time from Vervante.
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The newer Squadron DL-DVDs (with orange oval ADD TO CART buttons) are mostly new releases which offer complete serials on 1 disk at full quality and ship in 1-7 business days. Additional titles are being added to the DL-DVD list now as they are created. If you limit your order to 3 DL-DVDs at a time we will be able to get them to you more quickly.

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NOW PLAYING:
SPY SMASHER - THE DESERT HAWK - DAUGHTER OF DON Q
TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS - THE SPIDER'S WEB

NEW SERIAL RESTORATIONS 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.)

The DL-DVD titles in the panel below can be ordered individually or in a cart with other DL-DVD titles currently available on this site. Online orders are shipped directly from the Squadron within 1-7 business days.

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THE DESERT HAWK
Featuring
Gilbert Roland


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.


Dual-Layer DVD


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TRADER TOM
OF THE CHINA SEAS

Featuring
Harry Lauter, Tom Steele, Aline Towne

A trader and a pretty girl are caught between UN agents and schemers who are fomenting a revolution in the strategic location of Bumatra.

With warm/cool color tones on chapters 1 and 12 and restored audio and picture.

Dual-Layer DVD
$3 off the price of $15 if you order online now


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DAUGHTER OF DON Q
Featuring
Adrian Booth, Kirk Alyn, Roy Barcroft

A featured role for Adrian Booth as an heiress marked for death by criminals, including Roy Barcroft as Donovan, the enthusiastic hit-man, and willing and able to fight back, with the aid of her friend, an investigative reporter (Kirk "Superman" Alyn).

Extras: Includes a 28 minute Adrian Booth retrospective, accompanied by Adrian's question-and-answer session recorded at SerialFest 2006.

Dual-Layer DVD

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The Interplanetary Adventures of
ROCKETMAN

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

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BLACK ARROW
BRAVE HERO
OF THE NAVAJO

Featuring

Robert Scott
Kenneth MacDonald
Charles Middleton


Dual-Layer DVD

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REMASTERED
NEW MUSICAL SCORE
THE PERILS OF PAULINE
Featuring
Pearl White

Dual-Layer DVD

TITLES IN PRODUCTION
COMING SOON ON BLU-RAY, 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 as transfers are completed and restorations are finished and proofed and burned. 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.

NOVEMBER 2018

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THE WHARTON STUDIO SERIAL COLLECTION
2 DL-DVD Set

Featuring Grace Darling, Harry Fox, Olive Thomas, Irene Castle, Warner Oland, Jean Sothern, Howard Estabrook, Oliver Hardy, Lionel Barrymore, and Pearl White

Restored and upgraded editions of the serials shot by the Whartons in Ithaca, New York, 1914-1917:
BEATRICE FAIRFAX -- THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA -- PATRIA THE EAGLE'S EYE -- THE ROMANCE OF ELAINE -- THE NEW ADVENTURES OF J RUFUS WALLINGFORD
Including never-before-seen and unfilmed content, slideshows and re-creations of "lost" episodes.

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THE SCARLET HORSEMAN
DL-DVD

Featuring Paul Guilfoyle

Rare masked-rider serial in which the title character poses as a mythological figure during a conflict with the Comanche.

DECEMBER 2018

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PIRATE TREASURE
DL-DVD

Stunt man Richard Talmadge in his one and only featured serial role. New digital transfer.

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SPY SMASHER
DL-DVD

The fan-favorite serial in a new HD transfer, on DVD and possibly Blu-Ray. Really. If the quality of the transfer supports release in that format.

JANUARY 2018

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MYSTERIOUS
DOCTOR SATAN

Blu-Ray


Doctor Satan and his murderous robot vs. the Copperhead in a new 4K transfer from 35mm, presented on Blu-Ray

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DESPERADOES
OF THE WEST

Blu-Ray/DL-DVD


A crooked oil man and his ruthless gang attempt to force ranchers off their land

FEBRUARY 2019

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SON OF THE
GUARDSMAN

DL-DVD


The extremely rare Robin Hood-style serial in a new high-quality HD digital transfer

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ADVENTURES OF
SIR GALAHAD

DL-DVD


George "Superman" Reeves in a medieval adventure inspired by
Prince Valiant.

MARCH 2019

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THE ZORRO
CLIFFHANGER COLLECTION


Zorro's Fighting Legion, Zorro Rides Again, Son of Zorro and Ghost of Zorro collected and restored in a multiple-disk DL-DVD/Blu-Ray set

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GHOST OF ZORRO
Blu-Ray/DL-DVD


Clayton Moore as a descendant of Zorro in the serial that won him the part of the Lone Ranger

TITLES IN PRODUCTION Transfers and restorations in progress

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TBA: THE MYSTERY MIND 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.
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TBA: ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL
The dime novel super-sportsman come to life, with Flash Gordon's Jean Rogers. New HD transfer.
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TBA: THE HOUSE OF HATE UPGRADE Full picture quality edition of this great serial
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TBA: BRUCE GENTRY
"The Recorder" and his subversive forces intend to use flying disks to attack America and a famed pilot flies to the rescue.
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TBA: THE CLIFFHANGER TRAILER COLLECTION

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TBA: THE SPIDER RETURNS
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.
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TBA: THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS Includes the Mascot serial, the silent feature and audio drama versions of the story
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TBA: THE KING OF THE KONGO
With restored audio, from a new transfer
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TBA: THE FLAME FIGHTER Herbert Rawlinson in a rare complete silent serial, playing a heroic fireman
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TBA: THE IRON CLAW Columbia's berserk answer to the silent serial of the same name
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TBA: THE MOVIE SERIAL FEATURE VERSIONS COLLECTION
Feature-length editions of serials made for theatrical and TV exhibition
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TBA: THE LIGHTNING RAIDER
Pearl White as a master thief vs. Warner Oland as Wu Fang, crime-lord of Chinatown
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 online orders ship from the Vervante service in 1-3 business days. You may make multiple-title orders of these DVDs.

Click here for the MAIL ORDER FORM FOR ALL DVDs

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


Dual-Layer DVD


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The Lone Ranger
All in English; No Subtitles
The original restoration
Dual-Layer DVD

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

Dual-Layer DVD

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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

Dual-Layer DVD

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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

Dual-Layer DVD

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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.

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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

Dual-Layer DVD

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

View Color-toned Ch. 1
View Chapter 2: Satan's Web

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KING OF THE
TEXAS RANGERS


Featuring

Sammy Baugh
Duncan Renaldo
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

Dual-Layer DVD

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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 2-DL-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

Dual-Layer DVD

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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

Dual-Layer DVD

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INTRODUCING ROCKETMAN
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN

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REPUBLIC'S FINAL
SCI-FI SERIAL
ZOMBIES
OF THE STRATOSPHERE

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THE EPIC SPACE CLIFFHANGER
RADAR MEN FROM THE
MOON

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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INDEX OF ALL SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available or In Production

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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