The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

PIRATES & SEA ADVENTURE SERIALS

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The Secret of
Treasure Island
✦✦✦+ (Columbia, 15 Chapters)
Don Terry, Gwen Gaze, Walter Miller
D: Elmer Clifton

When they reach Treasure Island, Larry Kent, who is searching for a missing newspaperman, and Toni Morell, who has half of a treasure map, fall into the hands of Collins, an anything-but-rational master of a strange chateau haunted by a pirate’s ghost. Collins, aka “The Shark,” has the other half of the map and employs a gang of cowled diggers in his search for the treasure. He also has henchmen dressed as pirates, and several skilled "house guests" he has kidnapped for medical or scientific duties.

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2-DVD Set
Image:
Excellent; B/W, from 16mm

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The Mystery of
the River Boat

✦✦✦ (Universal, 13 Chapters)
Robert Lowery, Mantan Moreland
D: Ray Taylor, L. Collins

Something valuable lies within the Louisiana swampland near Duval's Landing and two crooked factions want to take that land from its unknowing owners. Attorney Steve Langtry (son of one of the landowners) sets out to unravel the mystery, with the aid of another owner, riverboat captain Ethan Perrin, and his daughter Jenny.

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2-DVD Set includes all 13 chapters
Image:
Excellent; B/W, from 16mm

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Mala, Secret Agent
of the South Seas

✦✦✦(Republic, 14 Chapters)
Ray Mala, Mamo Clark
D: Ray Taylor, Mack Wright

Mala, a U. S. Intelligence agent, is dispatched to Clipper Island to investigate sabotage that destroyed the airship San Francisco, and must overcome not only a spy ring (guided from a distance by the mysterious H. K.) but also the unscrupulous Komatoan high priest, Porotu, who is scheming to wrest power from the rightful monarch, Princess Melani. Ready to lend Mala a hand are a comic relief duo, MacGlaurie and Tupper (one a beachcomber, the other a novelist). Ray Mala was an Alaska-born Native American, one of the first to ever be featured as a hero in an action film.

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2-DVD Set Includes content presented in 9 double-length chapters, redundant padding & repeated scenes Republic added in post-production to extend the serial from 12 to 14 chapters removed
Image:
Excellent; 3-Color toned throughout

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Isle of Sunken Gold
✦✦✦ (Mascot, 10 Chapters)
Anita Stewart, Bruce Gordon, Duke Kahanamoku D:

A ship wrecks on an island where people encounter a fanged ape named Kong who guards a treasure cave.

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1-DVD Set Includes existing chapters 4-6 and unrestored reel 1 of Chapter 7
Image:
Good; Color Toned
Audio: Silent with new musical score and sound effects

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SOS Coast Guard
✦✦✦ (Republic, 12 Chapters)
Ralph Byrd, Bela Lugosi, Richard Alexander
D: William Witney

Lt. Terry Kent of the Coast guard leads the pursuit of a less-than-noble scientist named Boroff, who has invented a disintegrating gas that he will deal to a belligerent nation, Morovania, unless someone can stop him.

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2-DVD Set includes all 12 chapters
Image quality:
Excellent, B/W with Chapter 1 in 3-tone color

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Tales of Pirates
& Adventures at Sea
2 Audio DVD set with 92 hours of content

Featuring
Treasure Island
(4 versions), The Buccaneer (Clark Gable)
Captain Blood
(Errol Flynn), Jean Lafitte (Ronald Colman)
The Treasure Chest of Don Jose, The Hanging of Captain Kidd, Adventures of Horatio Hornblower (Gregory Peck)
Mutiny on the Bounty, The Revenge of Captain Bligh,
Tom Jones, Moby Dick, Sinbad the Sailor
and many, many more adventures on the high seas from the Caribbean to the South Pacific

And the Complete Series
Voyage of the Scarlet Queen
Cruise of the Poll Parrot
The Magic Island
(Children’s serial of over 100 episodes)
Ports of Call



Pictured: Capt. Charles Black of the Valhalla’s Pirates and Devlin O’Driscoll of Bloody Historical

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Pirate Treasure
✦✦+ (Universal, 12 Chapters)
Richard Talmaldge, Lucile Lund, Walter Miller
D: Ray Taylor

Dick Moreland flies after a treasure buried on a remote island by an ancestor. Also on hand for the digging is a crooked lawyer who wants the treasure for himself and some real live pirates. Includes amazing stunts by Talmadge, who doubled for Douglas Fairbanks in his films.

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