The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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The home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes,
and jungle, mystery, western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS
and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.


All our serials on DVD are restored for picture/and or sound quality, mostly from original film prints, and some are also newly scored, stabilized, reconstructed, and include extras.
Squadron DVDs now ship in about 1-3 days internationally with full color inserts and printed disk labels.

MOVIE THEATER

NOW PLAYING: Commando Cody in
RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON

Chapter 1: Moon Rocket Restored by the Serial Squadron
Featuring GEORGE WALLACE, ROY BARCROFT and CLAYTON MOORE

COMING SOON ON DVD AND IN PRINT
These serials are currently being restored and proofed and will be released as single and multi-serial sets in upcoming months. Subscribers will receive the multi-disk sets including extra items such as the BLACK WHIP upgrade at no extra charge.

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The Interplanetary Adventures of
ROCKETMAN
Featuring
Tristram Coffin, George Wallace, Judd Holdren, Leonard Nimoy, Dr. Vulcan, Marex the Martian
and Roy Barcroft as Retik the Moon Menace

in 3 Complete Serials on 3 Dual-layer DVDs
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN
RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON
ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE

All remastered and restored --
RADAR MEN with special color enhancement

Extras include all 3
theatrical trailers, a mini-documentary "The Origin of Rocketman" and an interview with mega-collector Bob Burns, owner of the Rocketman costume

3-DVD Set available now; US direct-from-the-Squadron
Discount price $26.95
($3 off full price of $29.95)
US Customers only at the moment, please --
outside-US order link will be posted soon)







Download the MP4 video files for all 3 serials
instantly for $7.95 using this link:

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Coming May 2016
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THE SQUADRON GUIDE TO
THE MOVIE SERIALS


A 400 page book which includes concise descriptions of every cliffhanger serial and film series from 1912-1956, listed in order of release date, stills from hundreds of rare titles, feature versions and re-releases, TV cliffhangers, serial merchandise, serials on videotape and DVD, serial novelizations, big little books, comics, even sheet music. Created to be a useful, handy reference no cliffhanger serial fan will want to be without!

In final proof stage -- Release Date TBA

THE ORIGINAL, REMASTERED
AND WITH A NEW MUSICAL SCORE
THE PERILS OF PAULINE
Featuring
PEARL WHITE
PAUL PANZER & CRANE WILBUR

Pauline's adoptive father dies and leaves his sizable fortune in the hands of Owen, a con man who will control it until such time as she is married. Pauline denies a proposal from handsome Harry Marvin because she wants to spend a year adventuring instead, and write a book about her exploits. Owen is blackmailed by a friend who knows he is a fugitive from the penitentiary, and they decide together that if Pauline were made to disappear they'd make out like bandits. So guess what starts happening to Pauline? Answer: anything and everything Owen can arrange to try to do her in.

Re-translated with titles that make sense and use correct character names from the original US release, stabilized, and newly scored for a whole fresh and new experience with this groundbreaking series.

Coming in May 2018

UPCOMING ARCHIVE EDITIONS

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April 2018

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April 2018

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(Possibly) June 2018

DVDS AND ARCHIVE TITLES AVAILABLE NOW
EXCLUSIVE RELEASES & SPECIAL RESTORATIONS

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PERILS OF NYOKA
New Restoration with Original Titles


Featuring
Kay Aldridge as Nyoka Clayton Moore as Larry Adrian Booth as Vultura and Charles Middleton as Cassib Directed by William Witney & John English

Transfer Quality: Superb, stabilized, presented in warm black and white with restored audio & newly synched sound DVD Contents: Complete 15 episode serial Special Features: Reconstructed original "Perils of Nyoka" titles, re-release trailer

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THE TIGER WOMAN
Featuring Linda Stirling
as The Tiger Woman
Allan Lane, Duncan Renaldo,
George J. Lewis
and LeRoy Mason
Includes original opening titles

2-DVD Set includes 12 chapters
& theatrical trailer

Quality: Excellent; pure restored B/W, restored audio

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CAPTAIN AMERICA
The original Squadron Restoration With Extras

Featuring Dick Purcell as Captain America Lionel Atwill as the Scarab Adrian Booth as Gail Richards

This is the the one others have tried to copy -- the best existing transfer of this title. Get the original, available nowhere else.
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MANHUNT OF
MYSTERY ISLAND
Featuring Roy Barcroft as Captain Mephisto, Kenne Duncan
and Linda Stirling
Newly restored

2-DVD Set includes all 15 chapters & theatrical trailer
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Excellent; pure restored B/W, restored audio

View Color-toned Ch. 1 (not on DVD)
View Chapter 2: Satan's Web (BW)

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KING OF THE
TEXAS RANGERS


Featuring

Sammy Baugh
as Ranger King
Duncan Renaldo
as Pedro Garcia
Neil "Commissioner Gordon" Hamilton
Newly restored

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DARKEST AFRICA
Featuring
Clyde Beatty, Manuel King
and the Bat-men of Africa
in Republic's first serial

Restored and in superb quality

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SECRET SERVICE IN DARKEST AFRICA
Rex Bennett fights Nazis disguised as spies in Casablanca

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G-MEN VS. THE BLACK DRAGON
Rex battles dangerous spy and saboteur Haruchi

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THE REX BENNETT COLLECTION
The fast and furious Rex Bennett WWII spy/action serials both in one 4-DVD Set

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THE JAMES BROTHERS OF MISSOURI
Featuring
Keith Richards
and Noel Neill

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THE LINDA STIRLING COLLECTION

MANHUNT OF
MYSTERY ISLAND

THE TIGER WOMAN
ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP
(Click the links above for further information on the individual titles)

All restored / 6-DVD Set

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JESSE JAMES RIDES AGAIN
Featuring
Clayton Moore
as Jesse James
and Linda Stirling

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Drums of Fu Manchu
From an original print

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The Spider's Web
Highest quality transfer

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King of the Mounties
Missing Audio Restored

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The Lone Ranger
All in English; No Subtitles

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The Lone Ranger
Rides Again

All in English; No Subtitles

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The Trail of the Octopus
The Bizarre Silent Serial

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The Hope Diamond Mystery
Featuring Boris Karloff

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The House of Hate
Pearl vs. the Hooded Terror!

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The Phantom Empire
Restored & Scored

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The Vanishing Shadow
The original restoration

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The Wolf Dog
Nice new transfer

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The Masked Rider
The amazing rediscovery

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Daredevils of the West
The Complete Serial

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Tarzan the Fearless
In cliffhanger format

LIST OF ALL BOOKS, DVDs AND AUDIO DVDs
Including titles in production

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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ABOUT THE SERIAL SQUADRON

It is our mission at the Squadron to preserve and restore the rarest of all historical theatrical cliffhanger movie serials of 1912-1956 and related series films and create restored editions of serials as yet unseen by the general public, or which are only viewable in poor or incomplete condition, and to keep all these titles available for purposes of historical research, study, remembrance value or to be seen by new audiences unfamiliar with the content. Most titles here come from new transfers done from original films and include restored picture and sound. Silent titles include new scores and missing content in any serial is re-created or summarized. Subscribers help us continue to restore new titles and when special projects surface we sometimes use pledge drives to help fund restorations.

Note: EVERYTHING here is an "upgrade." We will offer NO DVD copy of a serial that we believe exists in better condition anywhere else. If a studio releases a serial from original material we will usually remove it from our list.

Section 108 of the Copyright Act permits libraries and archives to make certain uses of copyrighted materials in order to serve the public and ensure the availability of works over time. Among other things, Section 108 provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives to make copies in specified instances for preservation, replacement and patron access. Section 108 was enacted as part of the Copyright Act of 1976, then amended in 1998 by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act, and in 2005 by the Preservation of Orphan Works Act.

In accordance with current copyright law, no serials will be listed here unless they are public domain and/or more than 75 years old or in their last 20 years of a copyright term and not currently available as a commercial video product by a rightsholder (if any). Copies of orphaned serials in which we have invested time and funds to preserve and restore are (legally) available to the public from this archive in accordance with Section 108 of the US Copyright law which states that “for preservation, scholarship or research, libraries or archives may reproduce, distribute, display or perform published works in their last 20 years of copyright if the work is not subject to commercial exploitation and cannot be obtained at a fair price.”

By ordering a copy of one of the restored public domain titles you agree to respect its copyright as a new version of a public domain work by the Squadron and not to copy or resell the DVD. In regards to orphaned (abandoned) titles, you agree that you are a writer, reviewer, historian, or library and research, review, or study is your purpose in requesting a copy of any of these films which we have taken pains to restore to as close to their original condition as possible.



SQUADRON RESTORATIONS CONTAINING ORIGINAL CONTENT ARE NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN. BUY FROM THIS SITE OR LICENSED VENDORS ONLY

We have regrettably recently received reports of unlicensed vendors selling copies of copyrighted Squadron DVDs at conventions, in email lists, and on websites, including THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY and even advertising illegal copies for sale in periodicals. Only Peter C. Walther of Rome NY, Norman Kietzer and the Lone Ranger Fan Club are licensed as a secondary distributors of Squadron DVDs so please do not order or purchase copies of Squadron publications from ANY other vendors; if you do you may be purchasing stolen property. Squadron restorations of public domain works are actively and legitimately copyrighted as "new versions" or derivative works, they are not public domain, even if their source material may be. Read about copyrights on derivative works at the Library of Congress. We reserve the right to register a copyright infringement complaint with the FBI, take legal action for damages, or file a charge of theft against any vendor selling copyrighted Squadron works without permission.

"I AM THE SERIAL. I am the black sheep of the picture family and the reviled of critics. I am the soulless one with no moral, no character, no uplift. All I do is try to amuse. I am ashamed. Because I have so many friends I wonder if there is not some good in me. I have ambitions. I will get better. Until then, I suppose it is my fate to flaunt myself along, to put forth what petty virtues I have as best I can -- and pay for the birth of my high-brow brothers. Ah, me, if only I could be respectable!" -- George B. Seitz

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