The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive


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Drums of Fu Manchu
✦✦✦✦ (15 Chapters)
Henry Brandon, Robert Kellard D: William Witney/John English

A dacoit knife that nearly misses British investigator Nayland Smith's head tips him off that megalomaniac Fu Manchu and his evil Si Fan society are in California. Fu desires a scroll which will lead him to the tomb of Genghis Khan (whose sacred scepter will, he says, help him conquer Asia), and kidnaps Dr. Parker, a scientist who knows its location. The scientist's son and Dr. Petrie go in search of him, and Fu Manchu leaves no stone unturned as he terrorizes and destroys his enemies with poison darts, booby traps, assassins, ancient torture devices, and unseen, ominous drums which are a warning of impending doom.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, from Jack Mathis' original print-down from Republic Pictures' negative, mostly stable, excellent sharpness and grey tones.
DVD Contents:
Complete serial
Special Features: Introduction by Fu Manchu author William P. Maynard

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In the land of Ajad, Hassan, the jealous and treacherous twin of rightful, good caliph Kasim targets his brother for murder and assumes his identity. Unknown to Hassan, Kasim survives his scheming brother's midnight coup and assumes the identity of a legendary outlaw called "the Hawk." Kasim and his loyal allies must battle Hassan's treasonous assassins and the dangerous Brothers of the Sword in order to help the rightful ruler win the love of beautiful princess Azala and work his way back to the throne.

An action-packed and entertaining exotic adventure story with lavish sets and an engaging plot, featuring a good cast including a solid leading man in a dual role and many familiar supporting classic serial actors. One of a few costume epic serials of the 1940s that tried something different.

"I just finished watching Desert Hawk and the picture quality was great. Thank you for all of the effort that you devote to saving these old films. My children and grandchildren do not understand  the culture of Americans who would devote hours watching these titles every week."
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15 episodes; 4 hours 52 minutes
Restored picture and audio, with light warm/cool tone enhancement.

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Featuring Linda Stirling as The Tiger Woman
Allan Lane, Duncan Renaldo,
George J. Lewis
and Leroy Mason

2-DVD Set includes all 12 chapters & theatrical trailer
Excellent; pure restored B/W, restored audio
Includes original TIGER WOMAN opening titles
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The beautiful but dangerous ruler of a Central American jungle tribe fiercely defends her people against crooked operators who want to gain access to her land's oil reserves, with the help of intrepid troubleshooter Allen Saunders. Plenty of action, some of which inspired scenes in Indiana Jones films.

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Perils of Nyoka
✦✦✦✦ (15 Chapters)
Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore, Adrian Booth, Tristram Coffin, Charles Middleton
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: Excellent, stabilized, presented in warm black and white with restored audio & newly synched sound
DVD Contents:
Complete serial
Special Features: Reconstructed original "Perils of Nyoka" titles, re-release trailer

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Lost City of the Jungle
✦✦ (Universal, 13 Chapters)
Russell Hayden, Keye Luke, Lionel Atwill
D: Ray Taylor, L. Collins

Secret agent Rod Stanton of the the United Peace Foundation and the resourceful Tal Shanto investigate problems in a lost city in the Himalayan nation of Pendrang, where Sir Eric Hazarias and his associates plot a future world war. When Rod and Tal Shan stumble upon segments of a hieroglyphic tablet, Hazarias uses their discovery to locate a store of Meteorium 245, which he needs to complete an atomic defense system.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, from 16mm, best available

DVD Contents: 2-DVD Set,
Special Features: Memorabilia slideshow, Adventures of Tarzan chapter 2, Preview of Mala

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Audio DVD

17 Hours of wild and thoroughly politically incorrect 1930s tales featuring 45 ripping stories, one complete 26 episode serial (the captivating MOON OVER AFRICA), and 34 rousing songs. The World Adventurers Club stories are purportedly told by intrepid explorer types who visit lost lands to which they are usually not invited, in search of treasure, romance or dramatic adventure stories they can take back to their exclusive club and tell the other fellows about. They encounter lost tribes and escape sacrifice, fall in love with exotic women, and usually generally make a mess of things but escape a major catastrophe with their lives and broken hearts just in time. Short dramatized tales are intermixed with exotic songs performed by "the quartet."

Fully indexed on the back cover and in multiple illustrated menus (containing photos of the locations described in the stories) so any individual story or song can be located and played very easily.


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"Lost" Feature: The Desert Song
Featuring John Boles, Carlotta King, Edward Martindel, Johnnie Arthur, Myrna Loy. Directed by Roy del Ruth

The mysterious freedom fighter known as the Red Shadow is actually the son of the General sent to the region to seek out and destroy him. Feature film of stage operetta originally released in part 2-color Technicolor with sound on Vitaphone disks. 2 acts with intermission, 121 minutes.

Transfer Quality: Good to very good quality transfer from videotape of 16mm black and white TV print
DVD Contents: Complete feature, missing 30-40 seconds of picture in one musical number has been reconstructed from existing footage. Audio synch restored. 2-color Technicolor scenes as were present in the original are simulated & very light tones used on remainder of film, some of which was also originally released in color. Audio restored. Essentially complete and in good condition.
Special Features: Theatrical trailer.

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