The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

AVIATION, WAR & SPY SERIALS

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The Rex Bennett Collection
(Republic, 30 Chapters)
Rod Cameron, Duncan Renaldo, Joan Marsh, Lionel Royce, Nino Pipitone,
D: Spencer Bennet, William Witney

Contains the complete restored editions of both
Secret Service in Darkest Africa and G-Men vs. the Black Dragon featuring Rod Cameron (doubled by stunt man Tom Steele) as WWII US Agent Rex Bennett.

DVD Contents: 4-DVD Set, 2 Complete serials, 30 episodes
Special Features: Trailer for G-Men vs. the Black Dragon, re-release trailer for Secret Service

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Secret Service in Darkest Africa
✦✦✦✦ (Republic, 15 Chapters)

Featuring
Rod Cameron
as Rex Bennett
Joan Marsh
as Janet Blake
Duncan Renaldo
as Capt. Pierre LaSalle
Lionel Royce
as Baron von Rommler/Sultan Abou Ben Ali
Directed by: Spencer Bennet


In Casablanca, North Africa, US secret agent Rex Bennett is pitted against Nazis who infiltrate Sultan About Ben Ali's palace and replace him with impostor Baron von Rommler. With support from his friends Capt. Pierre la Salle of the French resistance and agent Janet Blake, Bennett takes on what seems like all the Nazis and munitions dumps in Africa to try and defeat the Axis spies and rescue the Sultan. Stunning fight choreography and double-danger-level cliffhangers highlight this thrill-a-minute Republic serial made at the studio's peak, which is jam-packed with blazing, explosive action.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, stabilized; audio also excellent, restored & enhanced. A "like new" restoration with powerful sound, highly recommended
DVD Contents: 2-DVD Set, Complete serial, re-release trailer


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G-Men vs. the Black Dragon
✦✦✦+ (Republic, 15 Chapters)

Featuring
Rod Cameron as Rex Bennett
Roland Got as Chang Sing,
Constance Worth as Vivian Marsh
Nino Piptone as Haruchi
Noel Cravat as Ranga, George J. Lewis as Lugo
D: Spencer Bennet, William Witney

Japanese master spy Oyama Haruchi ships himself to the US in an ancient sarcophagus and attempts to destabilize the US from within, by sabotaging planes using flammable paint, and other sinister devices. American secret agent Rex Bennett, chinese agent Chang Sing, and British spy Vivian Marsh attempt to take Haruchi's gang down and near-constant violence ensues. Like Secret Service in Darkest Africa, this serial is also jam-packed with classic Republic-style stunt fights and moves at a lightning pace. Adapted from content prepared as a sequel to Drums of Fu Manchu.

Transfer Quality: Excellent with some graininess in day-for-night scenes; stabilized credits & otherwise where necessary, sound enhanced & strengthened
DVD Contents: 2-DVD Set, Complete serial
Special Features: Theatrical Trailer

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King of the Texas Rangers
✦✦✦+ (Republic, 12 Chapters)

Featuring
Sammy Baugh
as Ranger Tom King
Duncan Renaldo
as Sgt. 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.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, stabilized, with restored picture and audio
DVD Contents: 2-DVD Set, Complete serial


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The Mystery Squadron
✦✦✦ (Mascot, 12 Chapters)
Bob Steele, Guinn Williams, Jack Mulhall
D: Colbert Clark/Howard

Near San Juan, New Mexico, a mysterious aviator known as the Black Ace and his squadron of phantom flame-throwing planes threatens to destroy a dam construction project and it's up to flying aces Fred Cromwell and Bill "Jelly Bean" Cook to track down the Mystery Squadron, infiltrate their mountain hideout and discover the true identity of the Black Ace before it's too late.

View Online Video: Chapter 3

Transfer Quality: Excellent with some occasional graininess, from 16mm, audio noise-reduced
DVD Contents: 2-DVD Set, Complete serial
Special Features: Amazing aviation stunt sequence from silent film

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The Fighting Marines
✦✦✦ (Mascot, 12 Chapters)
Grant Withers, Adrian Morris
D: B. Reeves Eason

The Tiger Shark is the nemesis of the two non-coms of The Fighting Marines, willing even to take on the Navy Dept. for possession of Halfway Island.

View Online Video: Chapter 1

Transfer Quality: Newly remastered on a Rank Cintel from an original print.
DVD Contents: 2 DVD set, black and white, with illustrated menus, chapter selection buttons, and scene markers within chapters.
Special Features: Theatrical trailer
Newsreel from 1938 featuring serial hero Sammy Baugh playing football, and a "real-life" Rocket-man!
"Puddle Pranks," a Flip the Frog cartoon by Ub Iwerks

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Patria
✦✦✦ (Wharton, 15 Chapters)
Irene Castle, Warner Oland, Milton Sills
D: The Whartons, J. Jaccard

Patria Channing, heiress to a fortune and a munitions factory, and Secret Service agent Donald Parr defend New York from invasion by the Japanese, as led by master spy Baron Huroki. (Oland’s first Asian character role) Reshoots and revisions were made to the serial when Woodrow Wilson suggested the invaders be identified as Mexican so as not to antagonize Japan, and in latter episodes the setting was changed to the American West. Milton Sills is the hero of the story, playing a US Secret Service agent. The serial also features Mike Rale, who played the sinister Master of the Black Order in
The Mysteries of Myra, as Huroki’s assistant Kato. Screen action takes place around Cayuga Lake and other recognizable Ithaca, New York locations.

View Online Video: Existing Chapters & Slideshow

Transfer Quality:
Excellent/Good, from 2 different prints
DVD Contents:
Restored episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 10; about 75 minutes; 2-DVD set, color tinted and with new musical score
Special Features: 6 1/2 minute Photo Gallery of ads & over 75 Stills & Behind the Scenes Shots

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Tailspin Tommy in
The Great Air Mystery
✦✦+ (Universal, 12 Chapters)
Clark Williams, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr.
D: Ray Taylor

Tommy and pals fly to Nazil Island in the Pacific to help a group of honest businesspeople protect oil reserves from takeover. They get assistance from an undercover reporter and from a masked mystery pilot called both the Eagle and El Condor.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, digital transfer from excellent quality original 16mm print; audio restored
DVD Contents: Complete serial
Special Features: Serial Trailers

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The Master Key
✦✦✦ (13 Chapters)
Dennis Moore, Milburn Stone D: Ray Taylor

In the pre-World War II United States, a Nazi espionage ring--each member possessing a key to a headquarters control device--takes direction from an unseen leader, The Master Key. The focus of their efforts is Professor Henderson’s Orotron device, which can extract gold from sea water. Federal agent Tom Brant heads a spy-fighting trio that includes police detective Jack Ryan and reporter Janet Lowe. Who is The Master Key? An unknown foe or a false friend in disguise? You’ll have to wait until the final chapter (13) to find out for sure!

Transfer Quality: Very good, from 16mm
DVD Contents: 2-DVD set, black and white, complete serial
Special Features: National Anthem by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, World War II Introduction: "The Rise of the Axis" (which sets the stage for the action to follow
Cartoon: “Daffy the Commando”

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