The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

WELCOME TO SERIAL SQUADRON HEADQUARTERS!
Stacks Image 2243

Click the buttons above to view pages of cliffhanger serials on DVD listed by genre.

RESEARCH LIBRARY

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.

US SERIALS 1912-1956 COMPLETE DESCRIPTIONS
1912-1918| 1919-1922 | 1923-1929 | 1930-1938 | 1939-1945 | 1946-1956

SERIALS LISTED BY STUDIO
Pathé | Universal | Mascot | Republic | Columbia | Feature Versions

SQUADRON FACEBOOK GROUP
Post along with over 4000 other cliffhanger serial fans

PATRON
SUBSCRIPTIONS

Support Squadron restorations and get Blu-Rays and other fun stuff in the mail

DAUGHTERS OF DARING FB GROUP
Discuss the first female action heroes of the cinema

CLIFFHANGER
CHAT ROOM

Chat live with serial fans and Squadron members and special guests

Calendar | Video Page | Youtube channel | Serials On Demand | UPDATES:

NEW TRANSFERS & RESTORATIONS
Preorder now for shipping about November 1

Stacks Image 4195

The Serial Squadron presents
ADVENTURES OF
SIR GALAHAD

15 Chapters
HD Blu-Ray

A new HD digital transfer in glorious black and white from a near-perfect original print

Featuring
GEORGE "SUPERMAN" REEVES
Lois Hall, John Merton
Directed by Spencer Bennet

Galahad, newly accepted at King Arthur's round table, and fellow knights fight a Saxon invasion led by Ulric (John Merton), a would-be usurper, the Black Knight. Sorceress Morgan LeFay helps Galahad battle Merlin's magic and try to recover stolen Excalibur.

An ambitious 1949 serial shot on existing Columbia castle sets which was one of only two serials ever set in medieval times. Undoubtedly planned as a vehicle for Prince Valiant, that hero's friend was moved up to the lead role, possibly when Valiant was optioned as a feature film which appeared 6 years later.

The serial is of highest interest to fans of George Reeves as it showcases the 35 year old actor in a lead role two years before he was cast as television's first Superman and appeared in the feature
Superman and the Mole Men as a tryout for the part.

New
state-of-the-art HD digital transfer -- Sharp as a tack!

Transfer Quality: Superb, from an original print. Very sharp. Check the video sample above which is necessarily reduced in quality for presentation on the web.

Contents: 15 two-reel episodes, 1280 x 720p HD, all on one 25gb region-free Blu-Ray disk. Playable in all Blu-Ray players.

Preorder Blu-Ray (Recommended):




Preorder DL-DVD:


Stacks Image 4682

The Serial Squadron presents
THE TRAIL OF
THE OCTOPUS

BLU-RAY UPGRADE WITH NEW FOOTAGE

Featuring Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber
(Hallmark, 15 Episodes)
Release Sponsored by
Henry Miyamoto
Restoration by Eric Stedman
Musical Score by
Kevin McLeod

Who is Monsieur X?

Finally you will be able to find out!


Mysterious eyes watch through the darkness -- the high priestess of a devil cult watches through her crystal ball -- a murderous ape man lurks and seven daggers, when inserted into a cliffside cave wall, will reveal the location of the ancient magic talisman with amazing powers called The Devil’s Trademark. Detective Carter Holmes tries to prevent it from falling into the hands of Asian mastermind Wang Foo or the mysterious masked Monsieur X. He is accompanied in his quest by Ruth Stonehouse, daughter of the man who discovered the artifact in a lost Egyptian tomb.

An astounding and sometimes surreal 1919 serial, one of few really good silent serials to survive in complete or near-complete form.

Transfer Quality: Transferred from the original 35mm archival print, very sharp, with full score and occasional color tints and audio effects.

Updated with new footage, including more of the aftermath of Stanhope's murder in Chapter 1, the formerly missing Chapter 9 reel 2 and the crucial and eye-popping scene in the final chapter in which the true identity of Monsieur X is finally revealed.

Contents: 14 Half-hour Episodes + 1 15-minute partially re-created Episode, about 7 hours in 1280 x 720p HD, all on one 25gb region-free Blu-Ray disk. Playable in all Blu-Ray players.

View Video: Chapter 1: The Devil's Trademark
View Photos:
Facebook discussion thread

Preorder Blu-Ray:

SQUADRON RESTORATIONS ON BLU-RAY
The restorations below are mastered from from new state-of-the-art HD transfers of the best-quality available film prints sourced from loans or purchases from collectors or archives. New titles are from new HD digital transfers, re gion-free and and play in all players. Some older titles are also available on hybrid Blu-Rays which are authored as DVDs but burned on Blu-Ray disks with reduced compression for improved motion, audio and picture quality. Check the player compatibility list for those titles.

Stacks Image 4592
Stacks Image 4811
Stacks Image 4807
Stacks Image 4823
Stacks Image 4879
Stacks Image 4805
Stacks Image 5158
Stacks Image 5156
Stacks Image 4929
Stacks Image 9785
Stacks Image 4494
Stacks Image 4937
Stacks Image 4818
Stacks Image 4827
Stacks Image 4816

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Stacks Image 4967

SHIPPING IN NOVEMBER
Shipping to Subscribers

Stacks Image 4825

SHIPPING IN DECEMBER
Shipping to Subscribers

Stacks Image 4832

SHIPPING IN 2021
Shipping to Subscribers

Stacks Image 9523
Stacks Image 9902
Stacks Image 4834

CLIFFHANGER SERIAL BOOKS Available Now
Click Here for more titles including Lost Serial Restorations in book form!

Stacks Image 9888
Stacks Image 9880

BOOKS IN PRODUCTION

Stacks Image 4066
Stacks Image 3926
Stacks Image 4896
Stacks Image 4331
Coming May 2016

SERIALS ON DVD (Library Titles)
The serials below were mastered from the best available source, usually
16mm prints given new digital transfers.

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.

ORDERING UPDATE

Note: The Serial Squadron is a library/archive and not a commercial store with many employees and delivery trucks like Amazon.com so ships items when ready after sometimes they are made to order. We offer over 100 titles now and new titles with posted shipping dates will ship more quickly than older library titles which cannot all be kept in stock but must be reprinted and made to order so please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of any library title shipment. The Squadron is now restocking titles as well as working on creating new ones. In order to expedite shipping, please limit your order to three titles per shipment and do not ever order more than 7 library titles at once. To find out if your order went through, check your PayPal account and see if it appears there. 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.

COMICS/PULP-STYLE COSTUMED CHARACTER SERIALS
The Squadron offers the highest-quality available edition of THE SPIDER'S WEB,
created from a new Rank Cintel transfer of a rare 16mm print, and new editions of many
highly-regarded Republic serials from new 2k digital transfers, stabilized and fully restored.

THE FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS features the black-caped and helmeted villain "The Lightning,"
the inspiration for Darth Vader in STAR WARS.

Stacks Image 4545
Stacks Image 5426
Stacks Image 4549
Stacks Image 5418
Stacks Image 4635
Stacks Image 4547
Stacks Image 5960
Stacks Image 4551

ACTION HEROES/HEROINES & SPORTS SERIALS
The Squadron edition of THE PERILS OF PAULINE is by far the most comprehensive
and highest quality 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."

ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL
is one of the highest-picture-quality
releases available from the Squadron or anyone else for that matter. (Try the Blu-Ray!)

Stacks Image 5652
Stacks Image 5660
Stacks Image 5655
Stacks Image 5664

SERIAL ANTHOLOGIES
The Wharton Serials / The Lost Serial Collection / Serial Rarities

1-Disk Set

Stacks Image 12346

3-Disk Set

Stacks Image 3517
Ithaca film enthusiasts: Please also see the listings here for BEATRICE FAIRFAX, THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA, PATRIA and IF WOMEN ONLY KNEW.

2-Disk Set

Stacks Image 6080

SCI-FI, FANTASY & COSTUME EPIC SERIALS
THE ROCKETMAN COLLECTION includes all 3 of the original Republic
Rocketman/Commando Cody theatrical serials and is a fan favorite.

THE PHANTOM EMPIRE
restoration uniquely includes a period musical score
and sepia/blue tone effects distinguishing Western and Muranian scenes.

Stacks Image 4527
Stacks Image 4529
Stacks Image 4531
Stacks Image 4535
Stacks Image 4644

IN PRODUCTION

Stacks Image 4537
Stacks Image 4541
Stacks Image 4642

WARTIME & SPY SERIALS
If you haven't seen the new restored version of SPY SMASHER, you need to grab the Blu-Ray
immediately; it has been one of the most well-received serial restorations ever.

Stacks Image 4698
Stacks Image 4369
Stacks Image 4375
Stacks Image 4418
Stacks Image 4391
Stacks Image 4385
Stacks Image 4377
Stacks Image 5964

AVIATION SERIALS
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.

Stacks Image 5929
Stacks Image 5901
Stacks Image 5921
Stacks Image 5908
Stacks Image 4175
The STEVE CANYON TV SERIES restoration by John Ellis is remarkably high in quality. The transfer is from the original 35mm show masters and artifacts are all removed so the quality is "pristine." The 3-DVD set includes commentary tracks by a featured performers on almost every episode. Commercials and extras are also there. If you enjoy this series, this is a must-buy.

CRIME SERIALS
BRENDA STARR, REPORTER will be offered soon in further-restored form
from the Squadron, with previously missing content added and re-created.

GANG BUSTERS features one of the most engaging plots of any serial: the "League of Murdered Men" who commit crimes with clues that lead to dead men(?)

Stacks Image 4601
Stacks Image 4324
Stacks Image 4328
Stacks Image 4603
Stacks Image 4898

IN PRODUCTION

Stacks Image 4605
Stacks Image 5940
Stacks Image 4326

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 in 2021.

Stacks Image 4255
Stacks Image 4257
Stacks Image 4259
Stacks Image 4900
Stacks Image 4610
Stacks Image 4334
Stacks Image 4607

IN PRODUCTION

Stacks Image 4338

IN PRODUCTION

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.

Stacks Image 4714
Stacks Image 6482
Stacks Image 4203
Stacks Image 3353
Stacks Image 4013
Stacks Image 4205
Stacks Image 3683
Stacks Image 4220

JUNGLE SERIALS
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.

Stacks Image 4342
Stacks Image 4166
Stacks Image 4160
Stacks Image 4168
Stacks Image 4162
Stacks Image 4340

IN PRODUCTION

Stacks Image 4170
Stacks Image 4344

BLU-RAY UPGRADE WITH NEW FOOTAGE IN PRODUCTION

PIRATE & SEA ADVENTURE SERIALS
Squadron-exclusive titles in this category include the rare early sound serial
PIRATE TREASURE featuring accomplished stunt man Richard Talmadge.

Stacks Image 4102
Stacks Image 4121
Stacks Image 4104
Stacks Image 4123
Stacks Image 4346
Stacks Image 4115
Stacks Image 4127
Stacks Image 4125

MOUNTIE SERIALS
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.

Stacks Image 4348
Stacks Image 3389
Stacks Image 5024
Stacks Image 5030

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

Stacks Image 3959
Stacks Image 3971
Stacks Image 3885
Stacks Image 4057
Stacks Image 4035
Stacks Image 4037
Stacks Image 4464
Stacks Image 4055

WESTERN SERIALS
The Squadron's unique flagship Western title is the long-unseen
DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST, mastered from an original Republic print.

Stacks Image 4470
Stacks Image 4004
Stacks Image 3939
Stacks Image 4926
Stacks Image 5026
Stacks Image 3951
Stacks Image 3227
Stacks Image 4932
Stacks Image 3955
Stacks Image 4010
Stacks Image 4959
Stacks Image 3962
Stacks Image 4025
Stacks Image 4031
Stacks Image 3928

IN PRODUCTION

RARE FEATURES Also restored by the Squadron

Stacks Image 4621
Stacks Image 4623
Stacks Image 4630
Stacks Image 4633
Stacks Image 4877
Stacks Image 4628
Stacks Image 12361

UPGRADE IN PRODUCTION

AUDIO

Stacks Image 6043

COLUMBIA SERIAL THEMES
AUDIO CD


Every single one of the opening themes from all the Columbia serials made over 20 years, queued in order, beginning with JUNGLE MENACE from 1-, moving along to THE SPIDER'S WEB, THE GREEN ARCHER, THE SECRET CODE, BATMAN, THE PHANTOM, THE DESERT HAWK, BRENDA STARR, REPORTER and many more till it finishes up with BLAZING THE OVERLAND TRAIL from 1956. 55 tracks (because the theme for SUPERMAN and ATOM MAN VS SUPERMAN is the same).

Shipped in a slim DVD case so you can read the index of titles on the back.

ORDER NOW

Stacks Image 4838

The Squadron does not work on titles which have been released commercially by studios or those which have received legitimate distribution by secondary agencies.

Here are links to some currently available high
quality and recommended commercial serial releases.

Adventures of Captain Marvel / Commando Cody
Daredevils of the Red Circle / The Shadow
Panther Girl of the Kongo/ The Invisible Monster
Flying Disc Man from Mars / The Mysterious Airman
Flash Gordon Trilogy / Batman/Batman and Robin
Superman/Atom Man Vs. Superman


BTW The "real", licensed and high quality FLASH GORDON set is the one pictured at left, which was previously released in three volumes with covers with black backgrounds by Image. Look for it on eBay.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

You can SUBSCRIBE and receive the latest Serial Squadron DVDs as soon as they are published. Visit the PATREON SERIAL SQUADRON VIP SUBSCRIBER PAGE for more details!

Visit the new sister group to the Serial Squadron
THE DAUGHTERS OF DARING
(Facebook Group)

Stacks Image 4539

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, 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

More About the Squadron / Contact Info

Use this link to read more about the order system:
Help with Ordering
CONTENT USAGE

Stacks Image 5559