SERIAL FEATURE VERSIONS and Rare Feature Films
Restored by the Squadron
The Bart Romans
MOVIE SERIAL FEATURE VERSIONS
Republic serial feature versions, about 1 hour 40 minutes long each. Developed for TV in 1966. 10 hours total.
NYOKA AND THE LOST SECRETS OF HIPPOCRATES
LOST ISLAND OF KIOGA
DOCTOR SATAN'S ROBOT
TORPEDO OF DOOM
SPY SMASHER RETURNS
THE BARON'S AFRICAN WAR
The Bart Romans Collection
Color, 45 min. feature
1946 rarity produced in color by Richard Talmadge, featuring John Day and Republic serial stunt men Tom Steele and Dale VanSickel, with restored color and audio. A group of ex-GIs leave a hospital and travel to a ranch where they run down crooks not by riding horses but in their jeeps. This film and another (also included on the DVD) were experiments with the idea of rental/distribution outside the studio system. It didn't exactly work, but you can see the stunt guys having a lot of fun with JEEP HERDERS, which ends up with what looks like a 12-way stunt brawl at its conclusion.
IF WOMEN ONLY KNEW
The last silent feature filmed in Ithaca, NY
A sorrowful tale of a young man tempted by the evils of the world and caught between a "bad girl" and the "good girl" who loves him.
Scenes shot in Ithaca locations include a prolonged dream sequence filmed at Lucifer Falls.
Restored and scored by Eric Stedman
SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN
✦✦✦+ (Feature Film)
Creighton Hale, Thelma Todd
Another long-thought-lost epic found again and restored by the Squadron! James Kirkham inherited a lot of money and wants a life of adventure, exploring in darkest Africa, but instead, after a robbery at an antiquities auction, finds himself and his fiance Eve kidnapped by parties unknown and taken to a macabre mansion of horrors such as the world has never known, inhabited by demonic-looking freaks, torturers, and killers. He and Eve will be granted freedom only if he agrees to the "ordeal of seven steps" presided over by the mansion's owner -- apparently Satan himself! Color tinted, in a new English translation, with new score and sound effects! This one is really not to be missed, and a hell of a lot better than LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT! 116 min.
Source Material: Titles entirely redone in new English translation. Color tints, sound effects (as appeared in the original) and new musical score.
DVD Contents: Complete feature
This title is being upgraded.
"Lost" Feature: GRAFT
Featuring Boris Karloff
Very rare 1931 crime feature (not a serial) starring Boris Karloff just before he appeared in Frankenstein. Excellent quality, from 35mm, not restored.
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.