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The home on the web of the original cinema superhero, Western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood comic book hero blockbusters of today.
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. 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.
New additions to list of books available: The Mysteries of Myra Book/DVD Combo set
New additions to the list of available DVDs: Captain America, Deadwood Dick, Jungle Menace, Perils of Nyoka, The Tarzan Audio Collection, The Master Key, Lost City of the Jungle, Darkest Africa, King of the Texas Rangers (see below).
Coming in October 2017:
The fast and furious Rex Bennett WWII spy action serials
G-MEN VS. THE BLACK DRAGON
and SECRET SERVICE IN DARKEST AFRICA
Coming in October to this Theater
SECRET SERVICE IN DARKEST AFRICA
Restored by the Serial Squadron
WATCH CHAPTER 2: THE CHARRED WITNESS NOW
Featuring ROD CAMERON punching out every Nazi in sight,
and DUNCAN RENALDO as Pierre LaSalle!
VIEWING SCHEDULE TBA; Don't miss a single exciting episode!
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AVAILABLE NOW ON DVD
Squadron DVDs now ship in about 1-3 days to the US and internationally
with full color inserts and black and white printed disk labels.
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.
Featuring Clyde Beatty and the Bat-men of Africa in Republic's first serial
Restored and in superb quality
World famous lion tamer Beatty teams up with his trusted assistant Hambone, a jungle boy named Baru, and Bonga, a vine-swinging gorilla, to try to rescue the princess of the lost city of Joba, held captive by evil high priest Dagna and his squadron of flying Bat-men.
PERILS OF NYOKA
New Restoration with Original Titles
Featuring Kay Aldridge as Nyoka Clayton Moore as Larry Adrian Booth as Vultura Tristram Coffin as Torrini and Charles Middleton as Cassib Directed by William Witney
& John English
Adventurers Nyoka Gordon and her friend Larry Grayson search for the golden tablets of Hippocrates, which contain a cure for cancer. Arabian queen Vultura, who masquerades as an earthly incarnation of a pagan Sun Goddess, also wants the tablets and the treasure associated with them and with her lieutenant Cassib and Count Torrini, as well as her bodyguard, an ape named Satan, travels across the desert in her chariot to try to obtain them. An action-packed classic with more torturous deathtraps than possibly any other serial ever made.
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
This title is now set up with the order-fulfillment service and will ship internationally.
The original Squadron Restoration With Extras
Featuring Dick Purcell as Captain America Lionel Atwill as the Scarab Adrian Booth as Gail Richards
A serial killer calling himself the Scarab goes on a murder spree targeting people connected with an archaeological expedition. District Attorney Grant Gardner decides to go undercover and disguises himself in a Captain America costume to try to apprehend the fiend and his gang of hired goons. Only Gardner's trusted secretary Gail Richards knows he is playing vigilante and helps him apprehend the crooks. Based on the Fawcett Comics character Mister Scarlet, who was replaced due to the DC/Fawcett lawsuit over Captain Marvel (and the fact that his comics weren't selling that well anyway in 1943). Extras include a slideshow of original stills and about how Jack Kirby created Captain America, and an interview with Captain America memorabilia and toy collector Wade Shaw.
This is the the one others have tried to copy -- the best existing transfer of this title. Get the original, available nowhere else.
Watch Chapter 1 This title is now set up with the order-fulfillment service and will ship internationally.
The Great Serial
KING OF THE
Sammy Baugh as Ranger King
Duncan Renaldo as Pedro Garcia
Neil "Commissioner Gordon" Hamilton
When mysterious foreigners using a zeppelin as a command post kill quarterback Tom King's father, he teams with Sgt. Pedro Garcia of the Mexican police to avenge the murder and put a stop to the "fifth columnist's" plans for sabotage and destruction. An action-packed classic serial originally conceived as a vehicle for Roy Rogers. With restored picture and audio.
Coming in November 2017:
MANHUNT OF MYSTERY ISLAND
Roy Barcroft as Captain Mephisto
Linda Stirling and Richard Bailey
Claire Forrest asks private investigator Lance Reardon to help her find her kidnapped father. The inventor of the Radiatomic Power Transmitter is held prisoner on Mystery Island by one of its four owners, who conceals his identity by transforming himself into Captain Mephisto, a pirate ancestor. As the villain harasses Forrest into completing the device that will give her control of world industry, Lance and Claire follow Mephisto's trail throughout the island, while death narrows the number of suspects from four to two.
THE GREAT SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available Now on DVD
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
All in English; No Subtitles
The Lone Ranger Rides Again
In English, no subtitles
The Wolf Dog
Blake of Scotland Yard
Holt of the Secret Service
Tales of the Texas Rangers
Air, War & Spy
The Master Key
The Mystery Squadron
The Fighting Marines
Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery
World War II On the Air
Pirates & Sea
The Secret of Treasure Island
Mala, Secret Agent of the South Seas
Isle of Sunken Gold Vol 2
The Mystery of the River Boat
Pirates & Sea Adventures
SOS Coast Guard
Titles with BUY IT NOW buttons on this site will ship internationally
and include DVDs with printed disk labels.
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MORE UPCOMING RELEASES IN PRODUCTION
Coming in November 2017:
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, and stills from hundreds of rare titles; also covers 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!
Will ship when final proofs are approved.
The films above have been delivered for transfer and will be published as they are completed.
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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, 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 will 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.