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SQUADRON RESEARCH LIBRARY: US SERIALS 1912-1956
1912-1918 | 1919-1922 | 1923-1929 | 1930-1938 | 1939-1945 | 1946-1956
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Welcome to Serial Squadron Headquarters! The Serial Squadron's mission is to restore and preserve rare serials and related or similar features (often last on the lists of larger film archives) so they can be seen again and discovered, enjoyed and studied. The Squadron offers copies of serials we have worked on and restored ourselves, often from original film prints, which are not and sometimes never been made commercially available. Some of the serials and related features listed on this page were and are not even preserved by the studios which made them. We restore transfers of incomplete or damaged original 16mm or 35mm film prints of serials shot by shot, translating intertitles when necessary, adding musical scores, stabilizing the image, noise-reducing sound and repairing credit sequences. Donations related to these holdings and projects are used to help pay for new acquisitions to be restored and preserved. The Squadron also publishes books on cliffhanger movie serials.
The Squadron is the home of the restored 1938 Lone Ranger serial, the Captain America restoration, the long-thought-lost Daredevils of the West, the fully-restored original The Perils of Pauline, Drums of Fu Manchu original print, the Tarzan the Fearless and King of the Mounties reconstructions, rare silents The Hope Diamond Mystery, The Trail of the Octopus, and The Masked Rider; Spy Smasher, The Crimson Ghost and The Fighting Devil Dogs on Blu-Ray, the silent serials filmed in Ithaca, New York and a lot more.
Note: The opening title is obscured in the YouTube video above to prevent shpy-ink!
Shipping this week:
THE PHANTOM CREEPS
ULTIMATE EDITION BLU-RAY
(1939, 12 Chapters)
Featuring BELA LUGOSI and Robert Kent
After his wife is killed in an accident for which he feels responsible, embittered scientist Dr. Alex Zorka, who has discovered a new powerful element that fell to Earth as a meteorite, becomes an insane megalomaniac. He plans to rule the world with an army of invincible robots and his invisibility device which he uses as "the Phantom." He is assisted in his mad schemes by an ex-crook named Monk he has sprung from prison and his "iron man," a ferocious robot. A military intelligence agent supported by a persistent and attractive reporter and his former partner, a benevolent scientist, stand against Zorka and his arsenal of scientific weapons, which include explosive spiders and a "Z-Ray," while at the same time a group of enemy agents led by DRACULA's Edward Van Sloan try to steal the secret of the meteorite for themselves.
The result is cliffhanger serial madness designed to thrill 10-year-old moviegoers in 1939, which has never had a decent video release and will be seen in superb original condition in the new Squadron HD Blu-Ray edition.
This edition is the Best quality ever made available of this serial, and will very likely be the best quality that it is even possible to create considering the condition of the original material.
It is also the first and only release ever to include the original Universal Pictures titles, which apparently exist nowhere else but in the print the Squadron has used for this transfer. It was fully transferred in HD from this original "pristine" print made from the Universal Pictures negative as it existed in the 1950s/60s before the "Commonwealth" TV titles were cut into it and before decomposition damage set in to that negative and apparently destroyed some chapters. The transfer and restoration are complete, covers are done, cases etc. have all arrived. Will begin shipping this week as soon as final burn proof is double-checked and approved.
ORDER THE PHANTOM CREEPS ULTIMATE EDITION BLU-RAY
Shipping This Week when fully proofed.
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THE MASKED MARVEL
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THE MASKED MARVEL
(1943, 12 Chapters)
Featuring Tom Steele, Louise Currie, Anthony Warde
and Johnnie Arthur as Sakima
The Masked Marvel, secretly one of four insurance investigators, fights Mura Sakima, an Axis spy who kills Alice Hamilton’s father. An adventure originally conceived to have featured a masked Lone Ranger-like Western hero and use the "who is the hero" setup first featured in the 1938 Lone Ranger serial. But before production the decision was made to update the character as a modern-day spy-fighter very similar to the character appearing in Keen Detective Funnies. So no, the Masked Marvel had nothing to do with The Spirit, he was Republic pictures' version of the Green Hornet.
Status: 1920 x 1080 HD Transfer complete, digital restoration complete, picture stabilized and restored, excellent, "pristine" quality
View Chapter 1
The Masked Crusader: https://youtu.be/eUetooFn8H0
NEWS & UPDATES
SQUADRON NEWS FEED:
ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS:
The Squadron is still working on an upgraded restoration of the complete 10-chapter Elmo Lincoln ADVENTURES OF TARZAN which will be presented in full-quality cliffhanger format with the original opening credits and include 6 reels of new HD content not available anywhere before. And a compete Tarzan Serials set which will be released as soon as the work is all done.
The next Squadron restoration to be made available on Blu-Ray after THE PHANTOM CREEPS. Following that will be THE LOST PLANET, and PIRATES OF THE HIGH SEAS
CLIFFHANGER: The Movie Serial Channel is also being set up now which will allow anyone in the world to be able to view serials from the Squadron library instantly on TV without having to wait for physical shipments. Rentals, purchases and downloads of serials will all be available.
The Squadron will be producing multiple new titles each quarter in order to preserve a large collection of 16mm serials and may occasionally offer them by preorder to try to raise money for these and future restoration projects. Project completion dates are estimates and release order for projects may be shuffled according to the condition of prints and transfers. No titles will be put up for preorder that are not scheduled for new transfers. Preorder titles may be put up for ordering individually because they may ship separately and at different times. If you have made an existing preorder, watch this site for updates about it. If you do not wish to preorder a title, that's fine, just wait until it shows up with a "shipping now" notice.
ON BLU-RAY AND DVD
Many of the projects below were mastered from new state-of-the-art HD transfers of the best-quality available 16mm and 35mm film prints sourced from loans, purchases from collectors or archives. Transfers of incomplete or damaged films have cleaned-up, stabilized and restored picture and audio, and sometimes include reconstructed missing content. Some projects are offered in HD on Blu-Ray, and some are available as "hybrid" Blu-Rays which are restored original SD transfers burned on Blu-Ray disks with reduced compression for improved motion, audio and picture quality. Many titles created befpre the Blu-Ray era are on Dual-Layer ore regular DVD-Rs. All disks are region-free and and play in all players fully equipped to be able to play recordable media. They do not include onscreen logo bullets.
ORDERING FROM THE SQUADRON
Printed publications such as the Spy Smasher and Mysteries of Myra books ship within about 3 business days.
While some Blu-Ray/DVD titles may ship quickly if they are more recently completed we have covers and disks on hand, the Squadron has restored over 100 titles now and many library titles must be made to order, sometimes need to be remastered or cover inserts reordered etc., and we don't have lots of employees or delivery trucks like Amazon.com so please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of any library title shipment.
Before you order a Hybrid Blu-Ray title, read about player compatibility on the Hybrid Blu-Rays page.
In order to expedite shipping, please limit your order to four titles per shipment.
To find out if your order went through, check your PayPal account and see if it appears on your activity list. When your order is ready to be assembled, you will receive an email from the Squadron with tracking information. This does not mean the order has shipped yet. It means it is in the process of being assembled. To check and see when your order has shipped, look for it in the Squadron Orders Log.
Lots more information about ordering, player/disk compatibility/checking on orders etc.
on the Squadron HELP page.
COSTUMED CHARACTER SERIALS
The Squadron offers the highest-quality available edition of the first costumed pulp-character serial, THE SPIDER'S WEB, created from a new Rank Cintel transfer of a rare 16mm print, and new editions of many other highly-regarded and historically influential serials from new 2k digital transfers, stabilized and fully restored. THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS features the black-caped and helmeted villain "The Lightning," the prototype of Darth Vader in STAR WARS. The CAPTAIN AMERICA serial was written originally for the Fawcett character Mister Scarlet, and MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR SATAN for Superman and both were revised with new leading characters. SPY SMASHER remains to this day perhaps the most perfect translation of a comic book hero to the movie screen.
SCI-FI, FANTASY & COSTUME EPIC SERIALS
THE ROCKETMAN COLLECTION which includes all 3 of the original Rocketman/
Commando Cody theatrical serials will be made available on Blu-Ray shortly.
The Squadron edition of THE PERILS OF PAULINE is by far the most comprehensive and highest
quality edition 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."
WARTIME & SPY SERIALS
SPY SMASHER is one of the top action and comic book character-films ever produced.
The Rex Bennett serial SECRET SERVICE IN DARKEST AFRICA was an Indiana Jones inspiration.
PATRIA featured Warner Oland's first appearance as an Asian character.
THE MASTER KEY includes many WWII-era extras which set the scene for the serial.
GANG BUSTERS features one of the most engaging plots of any serial: crimes committed by the
"League of Murdered Men" leave clues that lead to the conclusion that they were committed by dead men!
THE LOST SPECIAL is low in resolution but still a passable copy of one of the "Lost Universals."
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.
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 when complete.
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.
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.
PIRATE & SEA ADVENTURE SERIALS
Including fan-favorite MANHUNT OF MYSTERY ISLAND
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.
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
Recommended Commercial Releases
The Squadron does not work on titles which have been released commercially by studios or those which have legitimate distribution by secondary agencies.
We recommend the following currently available high quality, legitimately licensed and recommended commercial serial releases sourced from transfers of original masters.
The Flash Gordon Trilogy (Hearst)
Adventures of Captain Marvel (Kino)
Daredevils of the Red Circle (Kino)
Superman/Atom Man Vs. Superman (Warner)
The Shadow (Mill Creek)
Blackhawk (Mill Creek)
Commando Cody (Olive)
Batman/Batman and Robin (Mill Creek)
Panther Girl of the Kongo (Olive)
The Invisible Monster (Olive)
Flying Disc Man from Mars (Olive)
The Green Hornet serials (VCI)
The Mysterious Airman (Sprocket Vault)
RARE "LOST" FEATURES Also restored by the Squadron
CLIFFHANGER SERIAL BOOKS Available Now
Books in this section ship in 3-5 business days in strong cardboard mailers.
The original serial reconstructed from the newspaper novel and over 200 photos & extras
6" x 9" 400-page bookstore-quality trade paperback
With color cover and black and white interior, spine about 1"
Deluxe Hardbound Library Edition with color wraparound dust jacket featuring additional color images of the two existing MYRA posters and other memorabilia printed on the interior flaps
Print Book: Pocket Book (4.25 x 6.875 in / 108 x 175 mm) Standard Black & White, 60# White, Paperback, Glossy Cover, 178 Pages
Includes a complete list of US movie serials 1912-1929, a short history of early movie serials, list of US movie serials available on video, a list of sound movie serial feature versions, costumed heroes & villains, Squadron secret codes & more
Click here to order the Squadron Movie Serial Video Guide (Ships in 3 business days)
THE ADVENTURES OF
IN THE COMICS AND THE MOVIES
A Serial Squadron "Cliffhanger Companion" Book
Print Book: Pocket Book (4.25 x 6.875 in / 108 x 175 mm) Standard Black & White, 60# White, Paperback, Glossy Cover; 250 Pages
Includes: History of Spy Smasher Spy Smasher in the Comics, his Greatest Foes, 3 Spy Smasher Comic Book Stories, The Story of the Serial, Chapter Summaries/Lobby Cards, Cast Biographies, Still Photos Gallery, Costumes/Props, Pressbook Ad Cuts and The complete 113 page illustrated dime action novel restored: Spy Smasher and the Red Death Click this link to get your copy!
LOST SERIAL PHOTONOVELS
Lost serials re-created in print, photos and illustrations
BOOKS IN PRODUCTION
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ABOUT THE SERIAL SQUADRON
More information and Squadron history
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. Your orders keep the archive going and fund new transfers and other projects.
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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