CTVA US - Universal Cliffhanger Serials (1914-1946)

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Movie Archive US Cliffhanger Serials
"Universal Pictures"
Cliffhanger Serials
 (all genres)(1914-1946) 
 Universal Pictures produced no less than 138 Theatrical Serials between 1914 and 1946 (all genres)


Universal Serial #1: Lucille Love, Girl of Mystery (1914)(silent) (First Universal serial)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Francis Ford

Universal Serial #2: The Master Key (1914)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard

Universal Serial #3: The Trey o' Hearts (1914)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Wilfred Lucas and Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #4: The Black Box (1915)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Otis Turner

Universal Serial #5: The Broken Coin (1915)(silent)
(22 chapters) Genre: Mystery
Directed by Francis Ford

Universal Serial #6: Graft (1915)(silent)
(20 chapters)
Directed by George Lessey and Richard Stanton

Universal Serial #7: Under the Crescent (1915)(silent)
(6 chapters)

Universal Serial #8: The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring (1916)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Francis Ford and Jacques Jaccard

Universal Serial #9: Liberty, A Daughter of the USA (1916)(silent)
(20 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #10: The Mystery Ship (1917)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #11: The Red Ace (1917)(silent)
(16 chapters)
Directed by Jacques Jaccard

Universal Serial #12: The Gray Ghost (1917)(silent)
(16 chapters)  Genre: Crime
Directed by Stuart Paton

Universal Serial #13: Voice on the Wire (1917)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Dircted by Stuart Paton

Universal Serial #14: The Brass Bullet (1918)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by Ben F. Wilson

Universal Serial #15: Bull's Eye (1918)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by James W. Horne

Universal Serial #16: The Lion's Claw (1918)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Harry Harvey and Jacques Jaccard

Universal Serial #17: Lure of the Circus (1918)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by J.P. McGowan

Universal Serial #18: The Red Glove (1918)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by J.P. McGowan

Universal Serial #19: The Great Radium Mystery (1919)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Mystery
Directed by Robert Broadwell and Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #20: The Lion Man (1919)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Albert Russell and Jack Wells

Universal Serial #21: The Midnight Man (1919)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by James W. Horne

Universal Serial #22: The Flaming Disc (1920)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #23: The Moon Riders (1920)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Theodore Wharton

Universal Serial #24: King of the Circus (1920)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by J.P. McGowan

Universal Serial #25: The Vanishing Dagger (1920)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directd by Edward A. Kull, John F. Magowan and Eddie Polo

Universal Serial #26: The Dragon's Net (1920)(silent)
(12 chapters)
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #27: The Diamond Queen (1921)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by Edward A. Kull

Universal Serial #28: Do or Die (1921)(silent)
(18 chapters)
Directed by J.P. McGowan

Universal Serial #29: The Secret Four (1921)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Albert Russell and Perry N. Vekroff

Universal Serial #30: Terror Trail (1921)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Western
Edward A. Kull

Universal Serial #31: The White Horseman (1921)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Albert Russell

Universal Serial #32: Winners of the West (1921)(silent)
(13 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Edward Laemmle

Universal Serial #33: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1922)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #34: In the Days of Buffalo Bill (1922)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Edward Laemmle

Universal Serial #35: Perils of the Yukon (1922)(silent)
(15 chapters) Genre: Northern Candian Mounties
Directed by: Jay Marchant, J.P. McGowan and Perry N. Vekroff

Universal Serial #36: The Radio King (1922)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #37: With Stanley in Africa (1922)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by William James Craft and Edward A. Kull

Universal Serial #38: Around the World in Eighteen Days (1923)(silent)
(12 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill and B. Reeves Eason

Universal Serial #39: Beasts of Paradise (1923)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by William James Craft

Universal Serial #40: The Eagle's Talons (1923)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Duke Worne

Universal Serial #41: The Ghost City (1923)(silent)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Jay Marchant

Universal Serial #42: In the Days of Daniel Boone (1923)(silent)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by William James Craft

Universal Serial #43: The Oregon Trail (1923)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Edward Laemmle

Universal Serial #44: The Phantom Fortune (1923)(silent)
(12 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #45: The Social Buccaneer (1923)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #46: The Steel Trail (1923)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by William Duncan

Universal Serial #47: The Fast Express (1924)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by William Duncan

Universal Serial #48: The Fighting Ranger (1924)(silent)
(18 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Jay Marchant

Universal Serial #49: The Iron Man (1924)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Jay Marchant

Universal Serial #50: The Riddle Rider (1924)(silent)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by William James Craft

Universal Serial #51: Wolves of the North (1924)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by William Duncan

Universal Serial #52: Ace of Spades (1925)(silent)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #53: The Great Circus Mystery (1925)(silent)
(15 chapters)
Directed by Jay Marchant

Universal Serial #54: The Scarlet Streak (1926)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #55: Fighting With Buffalo Bill (1926)(silent)
10 Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #56: Strings of Steel (1926)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #57: The Winking Idol (1926)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Francis Ford

Universal Serial #58: The Silent Flyer (1926)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by 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.

Universal Serial #59: Blake of Scotland Yard (1927)(silent)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #60: The Fire Fighters (1927)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Jacques Jaccard

Universal Serial #61: The Return of the Riddle Rider (1927)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill

RETURN OF THE RIDDLE RIDER (1927) serial trailer

Universal Serial #62: The Trail of the Tiger (1927)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #63: Whispering Smith Rides (1927)(silent)
(10 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #64: Haunted Island (1928)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #65: Tarzan the Mighty (1928)(silent)
(15 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Ray Taylor and Jack Nelson

Universal Serial #66: The Vanishing Rider (1928)(silent)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #67: The Diamond Master (1929)(silent)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Jack Nelson

Universal Serial #68: A Final Reckoning (1929)(silent)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #69: The Pirate of Panama (1929)(silent)
(12 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Ray Taylor

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Universal Serial #70: The Ace of Scotland Yard (1929) (First Part-Sound Universal serial)
(10 chapters) Genre: Mystery
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #71: Tarzan the Tiger (1929) (Part Sound)
(15 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #72: The Jade Box (1930) (Part Sound)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #73: The Lightning Express (1930) (Part Sound)
(10 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #74: Terry of the Times (1930) (Part Sound)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Henry MacRae

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Universal Serial #75: The Indians are Coming (1930) (First all-talking Universal serial)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Henry MacRae Tim McCoy

Universal Serial #76: Finger Prints (1931)
(10 chapters)
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #77: Heroes of the Flames (1931)
(12 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill, Tim McCoy

Universal Serial #78: Danger Island (1931)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #79: Battling with Buffalo Bill (1931)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #80: The Spell of the Circus (1931)
(12 chapters)
Directed by Robert F. Hill

Universal Serial #81: Detective Lloyd (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Ray Taylor and Henry MacRae
Starring Jack Lloyd
British cast and co-production, released in Europe as Lloyd of the C.I.D.

Universal Serial #82: The Airmail Mystery (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Directed by Ray Taylor
Starring James Flavin

Universal Serial #83: Heroes of the West (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #84: The Jungle Mystery (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #85: The Lost Special (1932)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Henry MacRae

Universal Serial #86: Clancy of the Mounted (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Northern - Canadian Mounties
Directed by Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #87: The Phantom of the Air (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Aviation Ray Taylor

Universal Serial #88: Gordon of Ghost City (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor
Starring Buck Jones

Universal Serial #89: The Perils of Pauline (1933)
(12 chapters) Genre: Damsel in distress
Directed by Ray Taylor
Starring Evelyn Knapp

Universal Serial #90: Pirate Treasure (1934)
(12 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Ray Taylor
Starring Richard Talmadge

Universal Serial #91: The Vanishing Shadow (1934)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Lew Landers
Starring Onslow Stevens

Universal Serial #92: The Red Rider (1934)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Lew Landers
Starring Buck Jones

Universal Serial #93: Tailspin Tommy (1934)
(12 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Directed by Lew Landers
Starring Maurice Murphy

TAILSPIN TOMMY SERIAL TRAILER 1934

Universal Serial #94: Rustlers of Red Dog (1935)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Lew Landers
Starring Johnny Mack Brown

THE RUSTLERS OF RED DOG Chapter 11 Reel 2

Universal Serial #95: The Call of the Savage (1935)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Lew Landers
Starring Noah Beery, Jr.

Universal Serial #96: The Roaring West (1935)
(12 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor
Starring Buck Jones

Universal Serial #97: Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery (1935)
(12 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Directed by Ray Taylor
Starring Clark Williams

Universal Serial #98: The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936)
(12 chapters) Genre: Sports
Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith
Starring Donald Briggs, Jean Rogers

Universal Serial #99: Flash Gordon (1936)
(
13 chapters) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Frederick Stephani
Starring Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton

Universal Serial #100: The Phantom Rider (1936)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor
Starring Buck Jones

Universal Serial #101: Ace Drummond (1936)
(15 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith
Starring John King

Ace Drummond 11 - The Dragon Commands 1/4 (1934)  - should be 1936

Universal Serial #102: Jungle Jim (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith

Universal Serial #103: Secret Agent X-9 (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith
Starring Scott Kolk

Universal Serial #104: Wild West Days (1937)
(13 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith
Starring Johnny Mack Brown

Universal Serial #105: Radio Patrol (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith
Starring Grant Withers

Radio Patrol - Serial Trailer

Universal Serial #106: Tim Tyler's Luck (1937)
(12 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Ford Beebe and Wyndham Gittens
Starring Frankie Thomas

Tim Tyler - Serial Trailer

Universal Serial #107: Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
(15 chapters) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Frederick Stephani
Starring: Buster Crabbe

Universal Serial #108: Flaming Frontiers (1938)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Alan James and Ray Taylor Johnny Mack Brown

Universal Serial #109: Red Barry (1938)
(13 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Alan James
Starring Buster Crabbe

Universal Serial #110: Scouts to the Rescue (1939)
(12 chapters) Genre: Adventure
Directed by Alan James and Ray Taylor
Starring Jackie Cooper

Scouts to the Rescue - Serial Trailers

Universal Serial #111: Buck Rogers (1939)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind
Starring Buster Crabbe

"Buck Rogers" (1939) re-edited from serial to feature format and re-released for theatrical distribution in 1953 as "Planet Outlaws"

Planet Outlaws 1/10 (1953)


Universal Serial #112: The Oregon Trail (1939)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind
Starring Johnny Mack Brown

Universal Serial #113: The Phantom Creeps (1939)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind
Starring Béla Lugosi

The Phantom Creeps - Serial Trailers

THE PHANTOM CREEPS (1939) Ch 6 Cliffhanger

Universal Serial #114: The Green Hornet (1940)
(13 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe
Starring Gordon Jones as Britt Reid / The Green Hornet

Video - "The Green Hornet" (1940)(Cliffhanger Serial)(13 parts)

Universal Serial #115: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
(12 chapters) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe
Starring Buster Crabbe

Universal Serial #116: Winners of the West (1940)
(13 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe
Starring Dick Foran, Anne Nagel

Winners of the West - Serial Trailer

Universal Serial #117: Junior G-Men (1940)
(12 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by John Rawlins and Ford Beebe
Starring The Dead End Kids

Universal Serial #118: The Green Hornet Strikes Again!(1940)
(15 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed byJohn Rawlins and Ford Beebe
Starring Warren Hull

Universal Serial #119: Sky Raiders (1941)
(12 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe
Starring Billy Halop, Donald Woods

Universal Serial #120: Riders of Death Valley (1941)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe
Starring Buck Jones, Dick Foran

Universal Serial #121: Sea Raiders (1941)
(12 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe
Starring The Dead End Kids

Universal Serial #122: Don Winslow of the Navy (1942)
(12 chapters) Genre: Maritime
Directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe
Starring Don Terry

Universal Serial #123: Gang Busters (1942)
(13 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Ray Taylor and Noel M. Smith
Starring Kent Taylor. Irene Hervey

Gang Busters - Serial Trailer

GB 2:2 GANG BUSTERS Chapter 2 Reel 2

Universal Serial #124: Junior G-Men of the Air (1942)
(12 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starrinbg The Dead End Kids

JUNIOR G-MEN OF THE AIR 1942 Chapter 2

Universal Serial #125: Overland Mail (1942)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by John Rawlins and Ford Beebe
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr.

Universal Serial #126: The Adventures of Smilin'Jack (1943)
(13 chapters) Genre: War Aviation
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Tom Brown and Keye Luke

Universal Serial #127: Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943)
(13 chapters) Genre: War
Directed byRay Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Don Terry

Universal Serial #128: Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)
(13 chapters) Genre: Aviation
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Johnny Downs, Billy Benedict

Universal Serial #129: The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944)
(13 chapters) Genre: Mystery
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Milburn Stone

The Great Alaskan Mystery - Serial Trailer

GREAT ALASKAN MYSTERY (1944) Trailer

Universal Serial #130: Raiders of Ghost City (1944)
(13 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Dennis Moore

Raiders of Ghost City - Serial Trailer

Universal Serial #131: Mystery of the River Boat (1944)
(13 chapter) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Robert Lowery. Mantan Moreland

Universal Serial #132: Jungle Queen (1945)
(13 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Ruth Roman

Jungle Queen - Serial Trailer

Universal Serial #133: The Master Key (1945)
(13 chapters) Genre: Crime
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Milburn Stone

The Master Key _ Serial Trailer

Universal Serial #134: Secret Agent X-9 (1945)
(13 chapters) Genre: Spy
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Lloyd Bridges

Universal Serial #135: The Royal Mounted Rides Again (1945)
(13 chapters) Genre: Northern - Canadian Mounties
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Peter Cookson

Royal Mounted Rides Again - Serial Trailer

Universal Serial #136: The Scarlet Horseman (1946)
(13 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Paul Guilfoyle

Universal Serial #137: Lost City of the Jungle (1946)
(13 chapters) Genre: Jungle
Directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins
Starring Lionel Atwill, Keye Luke

Lost City of the Jungle - Serial Trailers

Universal Serial #138: The Mysterious Mr. M (1946) (Last Universal serial)
(13 chapters) Genre: Science fiction
Directed by Lewis D. Collins and Vernon Keays
Starring: Dennis Moore

Mysterious Mr. M - Serial Trailer

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