The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

WESTERN CLIFFHANGERS

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Daredevils of the West
✦✦✦✦ (Republic, 12 Chapters)
Allan Lane, Kay Aldridge, Robert Frazer
D: John English

Cavalryman-on-special-assignment Duke Cameron offers to help lovely June Foster build a stage line through the Comanche Strip after her father is slain in a wagon train attack masterminded by crooked land baron Martin Dexter. Dexter and his henchmen Ward and Turner, and crooked lawyer Silas Higby relentlessly conspire and attack Cameron and Foster, who are forced to try and survive an exploding runaway stagecoach, a flaming prison, powder kegs in a runaway mine car, a plunge into a vat of flaming alcohol, being shot at the edge of a cliff, and tied up and thrown into a covered wagon to be set on fire.

View Online Video: Chapter 1: The Valley of Death
VIEW CHAPTERS 1-6 On Demand Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
VIEW CHAPTERS 7-12 On Demand Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes

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The Devil Horse
✦✦✦ (Mascot, 12 Chapters)
Harry Carey, Frankie Darro, Noah Beery
D: Otto Brower

A “wild boy” witnesses a murder connected to the theft of a valuable race horse then befriends the victim’s brother and helps him track down both the killer and the “devil horse.”

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Chapter 1: Untamed
Chapter 2: The Chasm of Death
Chapter 3: The Doom Riders
Chapter 4: Vigilante Law

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Heroes of the West
✦✦ (Universal, 12 Chapters)
Noah Beery Jr., Jacqueline Logan
D: Ray Taylor

Railroad man John Blaine, his son Noah and daughter Ann struggle to continue construction of the transcontinental railroad despite the attempts of crooks and hostile Indians to foil their plans.

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The Lone Defender
✦✦ (Mascot, 12 Chapters)
Walter Miller, Rin Tin Tin
D: Richard Thorpe

Is Ramon trying to protect the daughter of a murdered man or is he himself the notorious “Cactus Kid?” June Marlowe, the female lead played "Miss Crabtree" in the Our Gang shorts. First nationally-distributed sound serial.

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Chapter 2: The Fugitive

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Mystery Mountain
✦✦✦ (Mascot, 12 Chapters)
Ken Maynard, Syd Saylor, Verna Hillie
D: Otto Brower, B. Eason

Ken Williams, a railroad detective, is sent to catch the mysterious master of disguise called the Rattler, who is disrupting construction of a new railroad line, while also harassing the stagecoach company that the railroad will inevitably supplant.

View Online Video: Chapter 1: The Rattler

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The Painted Stallion
✦✦✦ (Republic, 12 Chapters)
Ray Corrigan, Julia Thayer
D: William Witney/Taylor

Scout Clark Stuart, sent to Santa Fe to negotiate a treaty with the newly established Mexican government, finds strong allies in the wagon train of Walter Jamison—Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and a youthful Kit Carson. Opposing Stuart is a large and powerful band of scoundrels headed by deposed Spanish governor Escomedo Dupray, who hopes to regain dictatorial powers in the new Mexican territory, but Stuart benefits from the repeated intervention of a mysterious war-bonneted warrior astride a painted stallion.

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Special Features:
Option to view Chapter 1 color-toned, Option to view Chapter 1 Oscar-and-Elmer-free, Option to view entire content of each disk as a seamless 90 minute feature, Western sound "Git Along Little Pony" featuring the Wakely Trio, Masked Rider trailer, King of the Mounties restored Chapter 2

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The Red Rider
✦✦✦+ (Universal, 15 Chapters)
Buck Jones, Walter Miller
D: Louis Friedlander

A cowboy defends his trusted friend when he is wrongly accused of the murder of his sweetheart’s father, and tries to catch the real killer, who left behind a clue: a marijuana cigarette.

View Online Video: Chapter 1: Sentenced to Die

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The Vanishing Legion
✦✦+ (Mascot, 12 Chapters)
Harry Carey, Boris Karloff (voice)
D: Ford Beebe, B. R. Eason

Warmhearted Kit Cardigan and his energetic young friend Jimmie Williams (astride protean stallion Rex) struggle to save an oil field and Darro's father from the Voice, who gives orders to his ruffians via pocket radios.

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Special Features:
Commentary on Chapter 1 by author Leonard J. Kohl

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The Great Adventures
of Wild Bill Hickok

✦✦✦(Columbia, 15 Chapters) Bill Elliott, Robert Fiske D: Mack Wright

Wild Bill Hickok, marshal of Abilene, helps a cattle drive from Texas reach his town, despite many attempts of the Phantom Raiders to drive them back along the Chisholm Trail.

DVD Contents: All 15 Chapters; new digital transfer, restored credits, audio & picture

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The Rustlers of Red Dog
✦✦✦ (Universal, 12 Chapters)

John Mack Brown, Walter Miller, Harry Woods
D: Louis Friedlander

Three pals, Jack Woods, Laramie, and the Deacon, heading for the gold fields, arrive in the town of Nugget, which is being terrorized by a band of brigands led by the dangerous Rocky. Soon Jack, a former marshal, is given a badge by the citizens of Nugget as he leads the struggle to catch Rocky and disperse the Rustlers.

DVD Contents: All 15 Chapters

Special Features: Commentary on Chapter 1 by Whiskey Pete Brangus, actor in every serial ever made; Cast biographies

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The Sign of the Wolf
✦✦+ (Metropolitan, 10 Chapters)
Rex Lease, Joe Bonomo
D: Forrest Sheldon

An eccentric explorer discovers a pair of radioactive chains with the power to change sand to jewels in India, where he also acquires a puppy apparently marked by the Sign of the Wolf. Years later, he and his daughter are
endangered by criminals who would like to get their hands on them and a religious sect to whom the chains are sacred. Two helpful cowboys, Tom and Bud, help the beleaguered Farnums.

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