The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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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.

ANNOUNCING THE LATEST SQUADRON DVD RELEASES/ARCHIVE ADDITIONS:

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PIRATE TREASURE
Featuring RICHARD TALMADGE
WILLIAM DESMOND
and WALTER MILLER

Champion flyer Dick Moreland uses his prize money for a groundbreaking flight to finance an expedition to a remote island where his pirate ancestor is said to have buried a million dollars in gold. Brassett, a crooked lawyer and member of the Aero Club tricks Moreland into accepting him along with his band of crooks on the voyage to the island and constant battles ensue as the various factions fight over control of the loot, and avoid hostile natives on the island as well.

Talmadge was a master of his trade who performed stunts for Douglas Fairbanks and this serial shows off his amazing abilities.


12 Episodes / Black and White
3 hours 48 minutes
Restored picture and audio
Dual-layer DVD
SHIPPING NOW
This archive title is not available commercially.

UPCOMING ARCHIVE EDITIONS/RELEASES

These will be the next projects to be completed.
"Buy it now" buttons will appear on these titles when they are ready to ship.

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COMING SOON
THE GREAT SERIAL

SPY SMASHER
Blu-Ray/DVD
EXTRA SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Featuring
KANE RICHMOND
as the famous Fawcett Comics Hero
MARGUERITE CHAPMAN
and HANS SCHUMM as The Mask


The fan-favorite serial in a new HD transfer, for the first time on 1440 x 1080 Blu-Ray. Really. With accompanying book including stills and production information about the serial, the complete dime novel Spy Smasher and the Red Death, a list of all Spy Smasher comic book appearances, digital files of ALL the Spy Smasher comics, and more extras.

IN PROOFING STAGE -- EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHIPPING IN APRIL -- PREORDERS WILL BE TAKEN SOON FOR THIS TITLE.

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PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT


These titles have been scheduled for restoration in 2019 and in various stages of production.

If you have a film print of a serial for which no high quality transfer exists that you would like to see us restore, please contact us.

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COMMERCIAL BLU-RAY/DVD LINKS


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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SERIAL SQUADRON DVDs

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.

SQUADRON NEWS

LIVE EVENTS
SerialFest 2019 is in the early stages of planning and if/when produced will feature presentation of "lost serials" on the big screen. Date and location TBA.

WEBSITE UPDATES

Coming Soon: The new Squadron Members' Area where complete serials can be watched online

AND the return of the Squadron
Cliffhanger Chat Room!
DVD UPDATES

The PIRATE TREASURE restoration is complete as of March 29 and shipping beginning April 1 to subscribers who supported the project. You can request a copy below.

The
SPY SMASHER Blu-Ray and Book set will ship next.

AVAILABLE NOW ON DL-DVD:
THE LONE RANGER
BEATRICE FAIRFAX
THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY
KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS

MOVIE THEATER

Visit the Squadron Youtube channel to watch additional episodes

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NOW PLAYING:
SPY SMASHER - THE DESERT HAWK - DAUGHTER OF DON Q
THE VANISHING SHADOW - THE SPIDER'S WEB
BOB BURNS TALKS ROCKETMAN/THE PURPLE MONSTER

INDEX OF ALL SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available or In Production

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.

MORE TITLES IN PRODUCTION
COMING SOON ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND IN PRINT

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!

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.

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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

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!

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.
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. 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 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.”


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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