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The Serial Squadron is a multimedia archive -- the home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes, and our goal is to preserve and restore and make available for viewing or study the jungle, mystery, western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.
We are a soon-to-be non-profit library/archive supported by enthusiasts of the form, historians, and in cooperation with the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, the Library of Congress, and private collectors, which restores, repairs, and re-creates movie and audio serials in video, audio, and printed form which are not now available or have never been been commercially released by studios or legitimately licensed rightsholders.
We will be adding a book/audio/Blu-Ray set of THE VOICE FROM THE SKY, the first sound serial, to our production schedule shortly. Watch for a pledge drive to help raise funds to pay for acquisition and transfer of the existing reels.
SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available and In Production
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.
Click here for the list of restoration projects in production
SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
THE MOVIE SERIAL
FEATURING BOB SHAW, DAUN KENNEDY, BUZZ HENRY, CHARLES KING and WHEELER OAKMAN
"This is the first of the arrows of vengeance which shall find their marks in the oppressors of freedom."
In medieval England, David Trent objects to the cruelty with which his uncle Sir Edgar Bullard treats his subjects and joins a group of free "outlaws" led by Alan Hawk, who lives in the forest and is committed to combatting oppression. Young Roger Mowbray, too, joins the daring band of archers when his grandparents are robbed and burned to death in cold blood by Bullard's soldiers. Bullard also captures Louise, daughter of rival lord Markham, who disguises herself as a boy to try and escape his wrath, and tells her he intends to sell her off as a bride for profit to one of his enemies but David defends her honor as well in a series of personal battles as well as those involving the outlaws.
Unfairly maligned by author Alan Barbour, this low-budget but entertaining serial features a cast of second- and third-stringers who were still available in 1946, after the war, when male actors were hard to find and many of the capable ones had moved up into "A" pictures. It includes some unintentionally funny moments including scenes in which characters act as if they do not notice that Daun Kennedy as "Louis" Markham is female because no effort has been made to disguise her womanly figure, and seem to be more than interested to share her room with her in the tower.
But, with all its flaws, which also include a few unkempt wigs and hastily-filmed chapter endings, it has an engaging story, excellent script and plenty of energy, which is interesting to watch with actors you have not seen in leading serial roles before. Son of the Guardsman was one of only two cliffhanger serials set in medieval times, the other being Adventures of Sir Galahad, and reuses sets from feature films of the time.
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BLU-RAY AND DVD TITLES
BLU-RAYs/DVDs AVAILABLE NOW
THE SQUADRON DVD RELEASES/ARCHIVE ADDITIONS
This is the index page to the Squadron DVD collection of restorations produced since 2002, when Squadron members raised funds to publish the first-ever serial on DVD, ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION (now being remastered). Archive titles are not available commercially, only to those who request copies from this site. Restorations of public domain titles are available for redistribution/quantity discount.
BLAKE OF SCOTLAND YARD, THE LOST SPECIAL, THE MYSTERY SQUADRON, ZORRO RIDES AGAIN and UNDERSEA KINGDOM are now available as DL-DVDs.
Lost Serial Collection/Serial Rarities
The Black Box
The Eagle's Eye
The Hope Diamond Mystery
The House of Hate
The Mysteries of Myra
The Masked Rider
The Mystery Mind
New Adventures of
J. Rufus Wallingford
The Perils of Pauline
The Romance of Elaine
Strange Case of Mary Page
The Trey O'Hearts
The Trail of the Octopus
The Ventures of Marguerite
Under the Crescent
Adventures of Tarzan
The Liberty Boys
The Flame Fighter
Isle of Sunken Gold
The Lightning Raider
Brenda Starr, Reporter
The Desert Hawk
Drums of Fu Manchu
G-Men vs. the Black Dragon
The Green Archer
The Iron Claw
Holt of the Secret Service
King of the Mounties
King of the Texas Rangers
The Masked Marvel
The Master Key
Mysterious Doctor Satan
Perils of Nyoka
Secret Service in Darkest Africa
The Spider Returns
The Tiger Woman
Early Sound Serials
Advs. of Frank Merriwell
Blake of Scotland Yard
The Call of the Savage
Clancy of the Mounted
The Fighting Marines
The King of the Kongo
The Lost Special
Mala, Secret Agent
of the South Seas
The Mystery Squadron
The Mystery Trooper
The Phantom Empire
Secret of Treasure Island
SOS Coast Guard
The Spider's Web
Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery
Tarzan the Fearless
The Vanishing Shadow
The Voice from the Sky
The Wolf Dog
Daredevils of the West
Desperadoes of the West
The Devil Horse
Great Adventures of
Wild Bill Hickok
Heroes of the West
James Brothers of Missouri
Jesse James Rides Again
King of the Texas Rangers
Last of the Mohicans
The Lone Defender
The Painted Stallion
The Red Rider
The Rustlers of Red Dog
The Sign of the Wolf
The Vanishing Legion
SPY SMASHER IS HERE!!
THE GREAT SERIAL
EXTRA SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION
as the famous Fawcett Comics Hero
and HANS SCHUMM as The Mask
Directed by WILLIAM WITNEY
The fan-favorite serial in a new HD transfer by Dino Everett at the USC Hefner Moving Image Archive and restored by Eric Stedman of the Squadron, for the first time on 1440 x 1080 Blu-Ray. Really.
The Blu-ray and DVD include the complete 12-episode serial, re-release trailer and .cbz files of all the original Spy Smasher comic books which can be read on your computer.
This is not the end-all greatest digital video version of SPY SMASHER which could ever possibly exist, what it is, though, is a new HD digital transfer from the Squadron's 16mm print,with improved sharpness, stabilization, motion and audio in comparison to the old 1990s VHS version.
You will receive an email with tracking information when your copy ships.
To help speed up delivery of shipments we are requesting you order this title separately, thanks.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE
SQUADRON SPY SMASHER RESTORATION
"Arrived today and well worth the wait. Just watched the first 2 chapters. The quality on the flat screen in amazing. THANK YOU for the time and effort you put into the restoration of this serial!" -- Steve Walker
"I'm in Nazi-punching glory. The Serial Squadron restoration of my favorite serial is more than I could have hoped for. And the companion book is a treasure trove of comics and pulpy goodness . . . I'm going to eventually write a full review, but 3 chapters in, and I'm completely blown away." -- Michael Wheeler
"The book and the Blu-Ray are a must for all serial collectors, They are number one in my collections. Thanks Eric for a Christmas in July present." -- William Holmes
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.
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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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