CTVA US - Mascot/ Republic  Cliffhanger Serials (1926-56)

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Movie Archive US Cliffhanger Serials

"Mascot Pictures" (1926-35) / "Republic Pictures" (1936-1955)
Cliffhanger Serials
(All Genres) 

Mascot Serial #0: The Silent Flyer (1926)(silent)
(10 chapter) William James Craft
Led to the founding of Mascot Pictures and often listed as Mascot's first serial.
Produced by Nat Levine and released by Universal.

Mascot Serial #1: Heroes of the Wild (1927)(silent) (First Mascot serial)
(10 chapters Genre: Western
Directed by Harry S. Webb

Mascot Serial #2: Isle of Sunken Gold (1927)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Harry S. Webb

Mascot Serial #3: The Golden Stallion (1927)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Harry S. Webb

Mascot Serial #4: The Vanishing West (1928)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Richard Thorpe

Mascot Serial #5: Vultures of the Sea (1928)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Richard Thorpe

Mascot Serial #6: The Fatal Warning (1929)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Mystery
Directed by Richard Thorpe

Mascot Serial #7: The King of the Kongo (1929) (First Mascot serial with Sound)
(10 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Richard Thorpe

Mascot Serial #8: The Lone Defender (1930)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Starring Rin Tin Tin

Mascot Serial #9: The Phantom of the West (1931)
(10 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by D. Ross Lederman
Starring Tom Tyler

Mascot Serial #10: King of the Wild (1931)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Richard Thorpe
Starring Boris Karloff

Mascot Serial #11: The Vanishing Legion (1931)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ford Beebe and B. Reeves Eason

Mascot Serial #12: The Galloping Ghost (1931)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Harold "Red" Grange

Mascot Serial #13: The Lightning Warrior (1931)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Benjamin H. Kline and Armand Schaefer
Starring Rin Tin Tin

Mascot Serial #14: The Shadow of the Eagle (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Ford Beebe and B. Reeves Eason
Starring John Wayne

Mascot Serial #15: The Last of the Mohicans (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ford Beebe and B. Reeves Eason
Starring Harry Carey

Mascot Serial #16: The Hurricane Express (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by J.P. McGowan and Armand Schaefer
Starring John Wayne

Mascot Serial #17: The Devil Horse (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Otto Brower
Starring Harry Carey

Mascot Serial #18: The Whispering Shadow (1933)
(12 chapters)
Directed by Colbert Clark and Albert Herman
Starring Béla Lugosi

Mascot Serial #19: The Three Musketeers (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Adventure
Directed by Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer
Starring John Wayne, Lon Chaney Jr.

Mascot Serial #20: Fighting with Kit Carson (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer

Mascot Serial #21: The Wolf Dog (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Colbert Clark and Harry L. Fraser
Starring Rin Tin Tin

Mascot Serial #22: The Mystery Squadron (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Colbert Clark and David Howard
Starring Bob Steele

Mascot Serial #23: The Lost Jungle (1934)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by David Howard and Armand Schaefer
Starring Clyde Beatty

Mascot Serial #24: Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1934)
(12 chapters) Genre: Sports
Directed by Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer
Starring Jack Mulhall, Frankie Darro

Mascot Serial #25: The Law of the Wild (1934)
(12 chapters)
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Armand Schaefer
Starring Rin Tin Tin

Mascot Serial #26: Mystery Mountain (1934)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason
Starring Ken Maynard, Gene Autry

Mascot Serial #27: The Phantom Empire (1935)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western / Science fiction
Directed by Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason
Starring Gene Autry

Mascot Serial #28: The Miracle Rider (1935)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed byOtto Brower and B. Reeves Eason
Starring Tom Mix

Mascot Serial #29: The Adventures of Rex and Rinty (1935)
(12 chapters)
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Ford Beebe
Starring Rin Tin Tin & Rex, the Wonder Horse

Mascot Serial #30: The Fighting Marines (1935)
(12 chapter)
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane
Starring Grant Withers, Adrian Morris
Last Mascot serial - merged into Republic Pictures

"Republic Pictures"
Cliffhanger Serials
(All Genres) (1936-1955) 
 Between 1936 and 1955 Republic Pictures produced 66 Theatrical Serials of various Genres
- Western / Jungle Adventure / Crime Adventure / Science Fiction / Canadian Mounty adventure


Republic was one of the first Hollywood studios to offer its film library to television. In 1951 Republic
established a subsidiary, Hollywood Television Service, to sell screening rights in its vintage westerns
and action thrillers. Hollywood Television Service also produced television shows filmed in the same style
as Republic's serials such as The Adventures of Fu Manchu (1956). Also, in 1952 the Republic studio lot
became the first home of MCA's series factory, Revue Productions. While it would appear that Republic was
well suited for television-series production, it did not have the finances or vision to do so. Yet by the
mid-fifties, thanks to its sale of old features and leasing of studio space to MCA, television was the prop
holding up Republic Pictures. During this period, Republic produced Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe;
unsuccessful as a theater release, the 12-part serial was later sold to NBC for television distribution.
Talent-agent MCA exerted influence at the studio, bringing some high-paid clients in for occasional features,
and it was rumored at various times that either MCA or deposed MGM head Louis B. Mayer would buy the studio
outright. From 1954-1955, Republic produced Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis.
The syndicated series was the first western to win an Emmy Award.

Republic Serial #1. Darkest Africa (1936)
(15 chapters) Genre: Jungle.
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane
Starring Clyde Beatty

DARKEST AFRICA SERIAL TRAILER CLYDE BEATTY 1936

Sequel of sorts to The 1934 Mascot Pictures Corporation serial The Lost Jungle. Mascot was a minor film company
that in 1935 was one the six Poverty Row studios that merged to form Republic Pictures.
Darkest Africa was re-released in 1966 for television renamed as Batmen of Africa, to capitalise on the Batman
craze of the time.

Republic Serial #2. Undersea Kingdom (1936)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane
Starring Ray Corrigan
Undersea Kingdom was intended to rival Universal's Flash Gordon & the star of the serial was named Crash Corrigan
because it sounded similar to Flash Gordon.
The serial is parodied in the Star Trek: Voyager episode; The Adventures of Captain Proton.

 ctva Playlist -   Undersea Kingdom (1936) (12 Chapters)  - "ThrillingWonderLLC"

 
Republic Serial #3. The Vigilantes Are Coming (1936)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Ray Taylor and Mack V. Wright
Starring Hoot Gibson

The Eagle in THE VIGILANTES ARE COMING serial Ch 1 Reel 1

Republic Serial #4. Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936)
(14 chapters) Genre: Maritime.
Directed by Ray Taylor and Mack V. Wright
Starring Ray Mala
This was the first Republic serial to feature a 'Re-cap Chapter' in which events of the previous chapters are
repeated & possibly the first instance of this concept now prevalent in modern TV shows such as '24'.

Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island - serial trailer

ROBINSON CRUSOE OF CLIPPER ISLE Ch 2 Serial Cheat

Republic Serial #5. Dick Tracy (1937)
(15 chapters) Genre: Crime.
Based on the comic strip 'Dick Tracy'.
Directed by Alan James
Starring Ralph Byrd
There were three sequels to this serial. They were all permitted by an interpretation of the original contract,
which allowed for a "series or serial". That meant that Dick Tracy creator, Chester Gould was only paid for the
rights to produce this serial but not for any of the sequels!

DICK TRACY (1937) Cliffhanger

 

 

Dick Tracy 14 - Devil in White 4/4 (1937)

Republic Serial #6. The Painted Stallion (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Alan James
Starring Ray Corrigan

Republic Serial #7. S.O.S. Coast Guard (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Maritime & Science Fiction.
Directed by Alan James
Starring Béla Lugosi, Ralph Byrd

SOS Coast Guard - Serial Trailer

Republic Serial #8. Zorro Rides Again (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by William Witney
Starring John Carroll

ZORRO RIDES AGAIN Serial Trailer

Republic Serial #9. The Lone Ranger (1938)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on the radio series 'The Lone Ranger'.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Billy Bletcher (voice)

 Republic Serial #10. The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
William Witney and John English
Starring Lee Powell
The Fighting Devil Dogs features The Lightning, the very first costumed supervillain.

Republic Serial #11. Dick Tracy Returns (1938)
(15 chapters) Genre: Crime.
Based on the comic strip 'Dick Tracy'.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Ralph Byrd
As with the other three serials in the Republic series, Tracy is depicted as a West Coast FBI agent rather
than the local police detective for a large Midwestern city he is in the original comic strip.

Republic Serial #12. Hawk of the Wilderness (1938)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle.
Based on the novel by William L. Chester.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Herman Brix, Ray Mala

Republic Serial #13. The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on the radio series 'The Lone Ranger'.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Robert Livingston  / Billy Bletcher(voice)  & Chief Thunder Cloud (as Tonto)

ctva Playlist -  The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939) (Chapters  1 to 5)  - "serialsquadron"

Republic Serial #14. "Daredevils Of The Red Circle" (1939)
A 'Republic' Crime Adventure Serial
  Associate Producer Robert M. Beche
Directed by John English, William Witney
Written by Franklyn Adreon, Barry Shipman, Rex Taylor, Ronald Davidson, Sol Shor
1939  12 chapters x approx 20 min
starring
Charles Quigley as Gene Townley
Herman Brix as Tiny Dawson
David Sharpe as Burt Knowles

1.10 [--] Daredevils of Red Circle #10: THE INFERNAL MACHINE (1939)
directed by William Witney and John English

1.11 [--] Daredevils of Red Circle #11: THE RED CIRCLE SPEAKS (1939)

1.12 [--] Daredevils of Red Circle #12: FLIGHT OF DOOM (1939) (final episode)

Diabolical mastermind Harry Crowel, a.k.a. Prisoner 39013, escapes and, with a seemingly endless
supply of henchmen, sets out to destroy all holdings of industrialist Horace Granville, who put him
in prison. One target is an amusement park, home of the three Daredevils of the Red Circle, who perform
death-defying stunts. Aghast at innocent lives lost, our three heroes swear to capture No. 39013. It'll
be harder than they suspect; the villain is holding the real Granville captive, and with a near-perfect
disguise, has taken his place! [RC]

Republic Serial #15. Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939)
(15 chapters) Genre: Crime
Based on the comic strip 'Dick Tracy'.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Ralph Byrd, Phylis Isley (Jennifer Jones)
'G-Man' is a contemporary slang term for an agent of the FBI. In the comic strip, Dick Tracy is actually a
detective in the police force of an unnamed Midwestern city resembling Chicago. This was changed for the serial.

DICK TRACY'S G-MEN SERIAL TRAILER 1939 RALPH BYRD

Republic Serial #16. Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Reed Hadley
This is the serial that featured an identical death each episode. Each informant, trying to reveal the identity
of the main villain would utter the phrase "Don del Oro is..." and then be shot by a golden arrow (wielded by
Don del Oro himself, hidden behind a curtain) and die with a grunt before being able to name the villain's alter ego.

Republic Serial #17. Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)
(15 chapters) Genre: Yellow Peril.
Based on Fu Manchu created by Sax Rohmer.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Henry Brandon

Republic Serial #18. Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on the comic strip 'Red Ryder'.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Don "Red" Barry

ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER SERIAL TRAILER 1940 DON "RED" BARRY

Republic Serial #19. King of the Royal Mounted (1940)
(12 chapters) Genre: Northern - Canadian Mounties
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Allan Lane
Based on the comic strip 'King of the Royal Mounted'.
Northern genre films are similar to Westerns but the action occurs in the Canadian North and typically feature
Mounties instead of, for example, Cowboys or Sheriffs.
Opening caption, "Although the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are few in number, they successfully guard a
vast dominion of the British Empire. From the United States border to the Arctic ice pack and from the Atlantic
to the Pacific, the red coat of the Mountie is the symbol of law and order and a promise that justice will prevail.
To these gallant men, "King of the Royal Mounted" is respectfully dedicated."

Republic Serial #20. Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940)
(15 chapters) Genre: Superhero.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Eduardo Ciannell
Originally intended as a Superman serial but DC Comics withdrew permission because of changes Republic
incorporated into their character's backstory. This was the first original Superhero film.

MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR SATAN 1940 SERIAL TRAILER

Republic Serial #21. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
A 'Republic' Super-Hero Serial (released 28-Mar-1941)
Associate Producer Hiram S. Brown Jr.
Directed by John English, William Witney
"Captain Marvel" created by Bill Parker & C.C. Beck
Original Screenplay by Ronald Davidson, Norman S. Hall, Arch B. Heath, Joseph Poland, Sol Shor
12 Chapters x approx 18 min (Total Length 216 min)
Starring
Tom Tyler as Captain America

Captain Marvel #1. Curse of the Scorpion (1941)
Captain Marvel #2. The Guillotine (1941)
Captain Marvel #3. Time Bomb (1941)
Captain Marvel #4. Death Takes the Wheel (1941)
Captain Marvel #5. The Scorpion Strikes (1941)
Captain Marvel #6. Lens of Death (1941)
Captain Marvel #7. Human Targets (1941)
Captain Marvel #8. Boomerang (1941)
Captain Marvel #9. Dead Man's Trap (1941)
Captain Marvel #10. Doom Ship (1941)
Captain Marvel #11. Valley of Death (1941)
Captain Marvel #12. Captain Marvel's Secret (1941)
Synopsis:
Based on the Fawcett Comics character 'Captain Marvel'. This serial was the first film adaptation of a
comic book superhero.
On a scientific expedition to Siam young Billy Batson is given the ability to change himself into the
super-powered Captain Marvel by the wizard Shazam, who tells him his powers will last only as long as
the Golden Scorpion idol is threatened. Finding the idol, the scientists realize it could be the most
powerful weapon in the world and remove the lenses that energize it, distributing them among themselves
so that no one would be able to use the idol by himself. Back in the US, Billy Batson, as Captain Marvel,
wages a battle against an evil, hooded figure, the Scorpion, who hopes to accumulate all five lenses,
thereby gaining control of the super-powerful weapon. [DS]

Adventures of Captain Marvel - Trailer

RETURN OF CAPTAIN MARVEL SERIAL TRAILER TOM TYLER

Republic Serial #22. Jungle Girl (1941)
A 'Republic' Adventure Serial (released 1941)
Directed by John English, William Witney
Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Written by Alfred Batson, Ronald Davidson, Norman S. Hall, William Lively, Joseph O'Donnell, Joseph F. Poland
(15 Chapters)  (Total Length 267 min)
Starring
Frances Gifford as Nyoka Meredith
Tom Neal as Jack Stanton
Trevor Bardette as Dr. John Meredith / Bradley Meredith

Jungle Girl Chapter # 9: Treasure Tomb

Jungle Girl Chapter One Death by VooDoo

Synopsis/ Background:
Based on Nyoka the Jungle Girl by Edgar Rice Burroughs but bears almost no resemblance to the novel, which
was about an Asian princess, not a white woman living in Africa.
Jungle Girl was the first sound serial to have a female lead.
Dr. John Meredith has been driven from civilization by the criminal activities of his twin brother Bradley Meredith.
With his infant daughter, he settles in the African jungle, where his ability to cure the native ills has resulted
in his virtual control of the Masamba tribes, who possess vast diamond mines coveted by a gang of crooks. They
use Shamba, a witch doctor jealous of Dr. Meredith's influence over the tribe, to further their schemes. They
lure Dr. Meredith away from the jungle, and he is murdered by "Slick" Latimer. The natives believe that a sacred
amulet is the secret of Dr. Meredith's power, and Shamba attempts to kill Nyoka, Meredith's now-grown-up daughter,
to obtain the amulet (which actually contains the secret to the entrance of the Caves of Nakros). Jack Stanton
rescues her and assists her in her efforts to recover the amulet. Latimer works with Shamba, and with Bradley
Meredith, who poses as his murdered-brother so successfully that even Nyoka does not realize the deception. [LA]

Republic Serial #23. King of the Texas Rangers (1941)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Slingin' Sammy Baugh
Although the serial's plot involves Nazi agents in Texas, this serial predates America's entry into
World War II. The Nazis are never named as such but it is strongly implied within the serial

KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS SAMMY BAUGH SERIAL TRAILER

Republic Serial #24. Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. (1941)
(15 chapters) Genre: Crime.
Based on the comic strip 'Dick Tracy'.
Directed by William Witney and John English
Starring Ralph Byrd

Republic Serial #25. Spy Smasher (1942)
(12 chapters) Genre: Spy & War / Superhero
Based on the Fawcett Comics character 'Spy Smasher'.
Directed by William Witney
Starring Kane Richmond

Republic Serial #26. Perils of Nyoka (1942)
 A 'Republic' Jungle Adventure Serial (released 27-Jun-1942)
Associate Producer William J. O'Sullivan
Directed by William Witney
Written by Ronald Davidson, Norman S. Hall, William Lively, Joseph O'Donnell, Joseph F. Poland
1942 15 episodes x approx 17 min (Total Length 261 min)
Starring
Kay Aldridge as Nyoka Gordon
Clayton Moore as Dr. Larry Grayson

Perils of Nyoka - Serial Trailer
The Perils of Nyoka #1. Desert Intrigue (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #2. Death's Chariot (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #3. Devil's Crucible (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #4. Ascending Doom (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #5. Fatal Second (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #6. Human Sacrifice (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #7. Monster's Clutch (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #8. Tuareg Vengeance (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #9. Burned Alive (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #10. Treacherous Trail (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #11. Unknown Peril (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #12. Underground Tornado (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #13. Thundering Death (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #14. Blazing Barrier (1942)
The Perils of Nyoka #15. Satan's Fury (1942)
Synopsis / Background
Sequel to "Jungle Girl"(1941) & loosely based on the book of the same name by Edgar Rice Burroughs. However
Republic did not want to pay licensing fees to Burroughs again so it avoided any repetition of the
term 'Jungle Girl' to which he had the rights. Instead 'Nyoka' the name of the main character in the
first film was placed in the title of the sequel, because that name was an original creation of
Republic's writers, not of Burroughs.
Professor Campbell's expedition into the hills of Libya obtains a papyrus which might reveal the
hiding place of the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates, containing lost medical secrets. Also in
the region is intrepid Nyoka Gordon, still seeking her father, lost on a previous expedition.
She alone can translate the papyrus, which directs our heroes through deadly perils (including
the Tunnel of Bubbling Death) into the land of the Tuaregs. Opposing them are Vultura, Queen of
the Desert, and her Arab ally Cassib, both greedy for the treasure... [RC]

Republic Serial #27. King of the Mounties (1942)
(12 chapters) Genre: Northern - Canadian Mounties
Directed by William Witney
Starring Allan Lane
Based on the comic strip 'King of the Royal Mounted'.

Republic Serial #28. G-men vs. the Black Dragon (1943)
(15 chapters) Genre: Spy & War.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Rod Cameron
G-Men vs. The Black Dragon was commissioned based on the success of the serial Spy Smasher,
although the production team preferred to have a non-costumed character.

Republic Serial #29 "Daredevils of the West" (1943)
A 'Republic' Western Serial (released 1-May-1943)
Associate Producer William J. O'Sullivan
Directed by John English
Written by Ronald Davidson, Basil Dickey, William Lively, Joseph O'Donnell, Joseph F. Poland
12 Chapters x approx 16 min (Total Length 196 min)
Starring:
Allan Lane as Duke Cameron
Kay Aldridge as June Foster

Allan Lane in Republic's serial Daredevils of the West Chp2 Pt1

Republic Serial #30. Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)
(15 chapters) Genre: Jungle / Spy
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Rod Cameron
Sequel to G-Men vs the Black Dragon released earlier in 1943.

Republic Serial #31. The Masked Marvel (1943)
(12 chapters) Genre: Superhero.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Tom Steele, David Bacon
The Masked Marvel is a reverse of the 'old mystery villain theme.' The identity of the Masked Marvel is
kept secret from the audience until the last chapter.

Republic Serial #32. Captain America (1944)
 A 'Republic' Super-Hero Serial (released 5-Feb-1944)
Associate Producer William J. O'Sullivan
Directed by John English, Elmer Clifton
"Captain America" created by Jack Kirby & Joe Simon
Written by:
Royal Cole, Harry Fraser, Joseph Poland, Ronald Davidson, Basil Dickey, Jesse Duffy, Grant Nelson
15 Chapters x approx 16 min (Total Length 244 min)
Starring
Dick Purcell as Captain America / Grant Gardner
Lorna Gray as Gail Richards
Captain America #1. The Purple Death (1944)
Captain America #2. Mechanical Executioner (1944)
Captain America #3. Scarlet Shroud (1944)
Captain America #4. Preview of Murder (1944)
Captain America #5. Blade of Wrath (1944)
Captain America #6. Vault of Vengeance (1944)
Captain America #7. Wholesale Destruction (1944)
Captain America #8. Cremation in the Clouds (1944)
Captain America #9. Triple Tragedy (1944)
Captain America #10. The Avenging Corpse (1944)
Captain America #11. The Dead Man Returns (1944)
Captain America #12. Horror on the Highway (1944)
Captain America #13. Skyscraper Plunge (1944)
Captain America #14. The Scarab Strikes (1944)
Captain America #15. The Toll of Doom(1944)
Premise / Background:
Very loosely based on the Timely Comics character 'Captain America'. Republic was notorious for making
arbitrary changes in their adaptations. This occurred with Captain America more than most.
Timely were unhappy with these changes & the wrangles went on so long that Republic said the serial was
well into production and they could not return to the original concept without expensive retakes and
dubbing. They also pointed out that they, Republic, was under no contractual obligation to do so.
Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons
his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

Return of Captain America -1944 Trailer-

CAPTAIN AMERICA 1944 SERIAL TRAILER DICK PURCELL

Republic Serial #33. The Tiger Woman (1944)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Linda Stirling

Republic Serial #34. Haunted Harbor (1944)  aka "Pirates' Harbor"
(15 chapters) Genre: Maritime.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Kane Richmond
Based on the novel by Ewart Adamson. This was the last adaptation by Republic &
also the last jungle serial for nine years.

Republic Serial #35. Zorro's Black Whip (1944)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Linda Stirling
Despite the title the name 'Zorro' does not appear in the film. The Zorro-like character
is referred to throughout as The Black Whip and is actually female.

Republic Serial #36. Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)
(15 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction & Pirate/ Jungle
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Linda Stirling 

Manhunt of Mystery Island - Serial Trailer

MANHUNT OF MYSTERY ISLAND SERIAL TRAILER 1945

Republic Serial #37. Federal Operator 99 (1945)
A 'Republic' Crime Adventure Serial (released 7-July-1945)
Associate Producer Ronald Davidson
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet, Yakima Canutt, Wallace Grissell
Original Screenplay by Albert DeMond, Basil Dickey, Jesse Duffy, Joseph Poland
12 Chapters x approx 14 min (Total Length 169 min)
Starring:
Marten Lamont as Jerry Blake
George J. Lewis as Jim Belmont
Helen Talbot as Joyce Kingston

Federal Operator 99 #1. The Case of the Crown Jewels (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #2. The Case of the Stolen Ransom (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #3. The Case of the Lawful Counterfeit (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #4. The Case of the Telephone Code (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #5. The Case of the Missing Expert (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #6. The Case of the Double Trap (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #7. The Case of the Golden Car (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #8. The Case of the Invulnerable Criminal (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #9. The Case of the Torn Blueprint (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #10. The Case of the Hidden Witness (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #11. The Case of the Stradivarius (1945)
Federal Operator 99 #12. The Case of the Musical Clue (1945)
Synopsis:
Crime lord Jim Belmont escapes FBI custody and begins a reign of thievery that is thwarted at
every turn by Jerry Blake, the FBI's Operator 99

Federal Operator 99 - Serial Trailer

Republic Serial #38. The Purple Monster Strikes (1945)
(15 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon
Starring Linda Stirling
This was the first post-war science fiction serial. The Purple Monster costume was
re-used in Flying Disc Man from Mars & Radar Men from the Moon.

Republic Serial #39. The Phantom Rider (1946)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Peggy Stewart

Republic Serial #40. King of the Forest Rangers (1946)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western / Northern
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon
Starring Larry Thompson

Republic Serial #41. Daughter of Don Q (1946)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon
Starring Kirk Alyn .

Republic Serial #42. The Crimson Ghost (1946)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by William Witney and Fred C. Brannon
Starring Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling

Republic Serial #43. Son of Zorro (1947)
(13 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon
Starring George Turner

Republic Serial #44. Jesse James Rides Again (1947)
A 'Republic' Western Serial (1st of 3 Jesse James serials)
Associate Producer, Mike Frankovich
directors, Fred C. Brannon, Thomas Carr
original screenplay, Franklin Adreon, Basil Dickey, Jesse Duffy, Sol Shor
13 Chapters x approx 15 min (Total Length 180 min)
Starring:
Clayton Moore as Jesse James / posing as John C Hoaward
With:
Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft, John Compton, Tristram Coffin, Tom London,
Holly Bane, Edmund Cobb, Gene Stutenroth, Leroy Mason.
Jesse James Rides Again #1, The black raiders (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #2, Signal for action (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #3, The stacked deck (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #4, Concealed evidence (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #5, The corpse of Jesse James (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #6, The traitor (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #7, Talk or die (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #8, Boomerang (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #9, The captured raider (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #10, The revealing torch (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #11, The spy (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #12, Black gold (1947)
Jesse James Rides Again #13, Deadline at midnight (1947)

Jesse James Rides Again - Serial Trailer

Republic Serial #45. The Black Widow (1947)
(13 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon
Starring Bruce Edwards

Republic Serial #46. G-Men Never Forget (1948)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Clayton Moore.

Republic Serial #47. Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948)
(12 chapters) Genre: Northern - Canadian Mounties
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Jim Bannon

DANGERS OF THE CANADIAN MOUNTED SERIAL TRAILER

Republic Serial #48. Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (1948)
 A 'Republic' Western Serial  (2nd of 3 Jesse James serials)
Associate Producer Franklin Adreon
Screenplay by Franklin Adreon, Basil Dickey, Sol Shor
Directed by Fred Brannon, Yakima Canutt
13 Chapters x approx 14 min (Total Length 180 min)
Starring:
Clayton Moore as Jesse James, aka John Howard
Steve Darrell as Frank James, aka Bob Carroll
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #1. Agent of Treachery (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #2. The Hidden Witness (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #3. The Lost Tunnel (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #4. Blades of Death (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #5. Roaring Wheels (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #6. Passage to Danger (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #7. The Secret Code (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #8. Doomed Cargo (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #9. The Eyes of the Law (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #10. The Stolen Body (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #11. The Death Trap (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #12. Talk or Die! (1948)
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James #13. Unmasked. (1948)

ADVENTURES OF FRANK & JESSE JAMES SERIAL TRAILER CLAYTON MOORE

Republic Serial #49. Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. (1949)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Kirk Alyn

Republic Serial #50. Ghost of Zorro (1949)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Clayton Moore .

Republic Serial #51. King of the Rocket Men (1949) [Rocket Man Serial #1]
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke
First of the 'Rocket Man' serials. The character reappeared with a variety of names in
later serials such as Radar Men from the Moon & Zombies of the Stratosphere.

King Of The Rocket Men - Classic Serial

Republic Serial #52. The James Brothers of Missouri (1949)
 A 'Republic' Western Serial (3rd of 3 Jesse James serials)
Associate Producer Franklin Adreon
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Written by Royal Cole, William Lively, Sol Shor
12 Chapters x approx 14 min (Total Length 167 min)
Starring:
Keith Richards as Jesse James, aka John Howard
Robert Bice as Frank James, aka Bob Carroll
The James Brothers of Missouri #1. Frontier Revenge (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #2. Racing Peril (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #3. Danger Road (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #4. Murder at Midnight (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #5. Road to Oblivion (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #6. Missouri Manhunt (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #7. Hangman's Noose (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #8. Coffin on Wheels (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #9. Dead Man's Return (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #10.Galloping Gunslingers (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #11.The Haunting Past (1949)
The James Brothers of Missouri #12.Fugitive's Code (1949)

Republic Serial #53. Radar Patrol vs. Spy King (1949)
(12 chapters) Genre: Spy.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Kirk Alyn

Republic Serial #54. The Invisible Monster (1950)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Richard Webb

Republic Serial #55. Desperadoes of the West (1950)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by red C. Brannon
Starring
Richard Powers (aka Tom Keene) .

Republic Serial #56. Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950)  [Rocket Man Serial #2]
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Walter Reed
Sequel to earlier serial #38 The Purple Monster Strikes.

 ctva Playlist -  Flying Discman From Mars  (12 Chapters) (1950)  - "HenryJonesWest"

Republic Serial #57. Don Daredevil Rides Again (1951)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Ken Curtis
Includes footage from Zorro's Black Whip
Loosely based on 'Zorro' created by Johnston McCulley. The character of Don Daredevil was
created for this serial as the rights to Zorro belonged to Disney by 1951..

Republic Serial #58. Government Agents vs Phantom Legion (1951)
(12 chapters) Genre: Spy.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Walter Reed

Republic Serial #59. Radar Men from the Moon (1952) [Rocket Man Serial #3]
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring George D. Wallace  as Commando Cody

ctva Playlist -  Radar Men from the Moon (Chapters 1 to 7) (1952)  - "crashcorigan"

Republic Serial #60. Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) [Rocket Man Serial #4]
(12 chapters) Genre: Science Fiction.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon J
Starring Judd Holdren, Leonard Nimoy

Zombies of the Straosphere - Serial Trailer

Republic Serial #61. Jungle Drums of Africa (1953)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle.
Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Clayton Moore, Phyllis Coates

Republic Series/Serial. Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953) [Rocket Man Serial #5]
(12 episodes) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Franklin Adreon and Fred C. Brannon
Starring Judd Holdren and Richard Crane
There is some controversy among scholars of movie serials whether this is a serial or a television series.
It was originally intended as a TV series, but contractual obligations forced Republic Pictures to give
it a theatrical release before allowing it to be broadcast on TV. While each episode bears a "number" and
title, the episodes do not end in "cliffhangers", a hallmark of the classic movie serial. Unlike TV series
of that period, though, the episodes are not completely self contained - they follow a definite story arc,
and cannot be shown out of order and remain comprehensible to the viewer..  

Republic Serial #62. Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders (1953)
(12 chapters) Genre: Northern & Spy.
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Starring Bill Henry

Republic Serial #63. Trader Tom of the China Seas (1954)
(12 chapters) Genre: Maritime.
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Starring Harry Lauter, Aline Towne

Trader Tom of the China Seas - Serial Trailers

Republic Serial #64. Man with the Steel Whip (1954)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Starring Richard Simmons
Man with the Steel Whip used stock footage from all of the previous Zorro serials produced by Republic
Pictures. The result of this is that the costume and body shape of the hero, El Latigo, keeps changing
between scenes, even becoming female in scenes taken from Zorro's Black Whip.

Man With the Steel Whip - Serial Trailer

Republic Serial #65. Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle & Science Fiction.
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Starring Phyllis Coates
To cut production costs stock footage from the 1941 serial Jungle Girl was used & so the female lead
in Panther Girl of the Kongo wore a duplicate costume. Meaning Republic's last female lead wore the
same costume as its first.

PANTHER GIRL OF THE KONGO 1955 SERIAL TRAILER


Republic Serial #66. King of the Carnival (1955)   (Last Republic serial)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime & Spy.
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Staring Harry Lauter
This was the last serial ever made by Republic

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