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(1939-1956)
  Columbia Pictures produced 57 Theatrical Serials between 1937 and 1956 (all genres)

Columbia Serial #4 The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Mack V. Wright and Sam Nelson
 
Columbia Serial #8. Overland with Kit Carson (1939)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Sam Nelson and Norman Deming .

 Columbia Serial #11. Deadwood Dick (1940)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by James W. Horne Don Douglas

Columbia Serial #13 White Eagle (1941)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by James W. Horne
Starring Buck Jones
 
Columbia Serial #18. Perils of the Royal Mounted (1942)
(15 chapters) Genre: Northern - Canadian Mounties
Directed by James W. Horne
Starring Robert Kellard

 Columbia Serial #20. The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring William Elliott
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 Columbia Serial #24. Black Arrow (1944)
(15 chapters)  Genre: Western.
Directed by B. Reeves Eason and Lew Landers
Starring Robert Scott .

Columbia Serial #33. The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West (1947)
(15 chapters) Genre: Superhero & Western.
Directed by Wallace Fox
Starring Ralph Byrd
It was based on the comic book cowboy, The Vigilante of Action Comics a forerunner of DC Comics.
This serial makes the Vigilante one of the first live action adaptations of a DC Comics character,
beating Superman by one year although Batman had already made an appearance with his own serial in
1943 (also from Columbia).

Columbia Serial #36.  Tex Granger, Midnight Rider of the Plains (1948)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western
Directed by Derwin Abrahams

  Columbia Serial #42. Cody of the Pony Express (1950)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Jock Mahoney .

Columbia Serial #45. Roar of the Iron Horse, Rail-Blazer of the Apache Trail (1951)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Jock Mahoney .
 
Columbia Serial #50. Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger (1952)
(15 chapters). Genre: Western.
It is based on the historical figure of Geronimo, prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua
Apache people.

Columbia Serial #53 Gunfighters of the Northwest (1954)
(15 chapters) Genre: Northern - Canadian Mounties
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Clayton Moore

 Columbia Serial #56. Perils of the Wilderness (1956)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
The penultimate serial produced by Columbia who were at this time the only studio still producing serials.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Dennis Moore
includes footage from Perils of the Royal Mounted .

Columbia Serial #57. Blazing the Overland Trail (1956)
(15 chapters) Genre: Western.
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
Starring Dennis Moore, Lee Roberts
Includes footage from White Eagle .
The last serial produced by Columbia and the last serial ever produced by any major studio.

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