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that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood comic book hero blockbusters of today.
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This DVD is part of a work-in-progress and includes 3 of the 4 known reels from episodes of this groundbreaking first "paranormal investigation" series, a kind of X-Files of 1916, expanded to full episodes using stills and intertitles. The series attempted for the first time to deal with occult and supernatural subjects in a "real-life" contemporary manner and introduced such subjects as automatic writing, astral body transformations, and clairvoyance to the movie-watching public with innovative special effects. The DVD includes amazing footage from the concluding episode, The Thought Monster, one of the first appearances of a Frankenstein-like monster on film.
These amazing and ultra-rare episodes and the accompanying book are essential for any serial or horror fan's collection and for those interested in how spiritualism and parapsychology were portrayed in early films--this is really the one that started it all.
Starring Ken Maynard
Syd Saylor and
? as "The Rattler"
The Corwin Transportation company is under assault by a mysterious black-cloaked figure with the ability to disguise himself perfectly as others. "The Rattler" and his gang are out to sabotage the company as well as the railroad on its way through the country and it's up to railroad detective and cowboy Ken Williams and his horse Tarzan to stop the saboteur and his gang.
Ken is joined by his pal Breezy Baker, the "world's worst newspaper photographer," in his investigation of Jane Corwin's father's murder and beyond.
But who is the Rattler? The perhaps over-concerned Sheriff Lake? The doctor who has a wounded arm after the Rattler has been shot? Or possibly even Corwin herself? Tarzan knows, but he can't talk, so you'll have to see the serial to find out!
The Great Serial
THE MASKED RIDER
Vol. 3 / the Complete Serial
Featuring Harry Myers, Ruth Stonehouse and Paul Panzer
This great and historically important serial, filmed entirely on location in San Antonio, was the first to feature a major masked Western character such as Zorro and the Lone Ranger who would follow. It features a strong cast of celebrated actors of the time including Paul Panzer, the celebrated villain of The Perils of Pauline and features 4 strong female characters, including the heroine, played by pioneering film director Ruth Stonehouse. It is also the first film in which Boris Karloff can be glimpsed onscreen.
The DVD, restored from the only known 35mm nitrate print, and which includes a newly shot restoration of the missing Episode 1, is finally complete and will ship beginning the week of November 16. Extras on the Vol. 3 edition are the same as those in the Collector's Edition set.
Welcome to the home page for the original screen super-heroes and villains -- the first female action heroes such as Pearl White and Nyoka the Jungle Girl -- the first superhero film ever made: ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, the original screen incarnations of Batman, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, The Shadow, Superman, and Captain America, and even Flash Gordon and The Phantom Empire -- the inspirations for Star Wars films --
THE GREAT CLASSIC CINEMA CLIFFHANGERS!
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TARZAN THE FEARLESS
THE DEVIL HORSE
THE GALLOPING GHOST
THE MYSTERY TROOPER
THE LONE DEFENDER
THE WHISPERING SHADOW
THE VAGABOND KING
With Restored Color
These DVDs are not just copies of other people's stuff, either. Most are new digital transfers from rare existing original film prints with restored picture and sound, some with extras and viewing options and sometimes even special color tone effects, commentary and new musical scores. The silent titles in particular have been painstakingly restored shot-for-shot in most cases and include restored sections or summaries of action for content that survives only in incomplete form. Those not marked as "archive" titles are available for commercial distribution and to dealers. Researchers, writers, historians, etc. may request copies of the archive titles for historical/literary/research use.
CRIME & SPY THRILLERS
The Great 1916 Girl Reporter Series!
Blake of Scotland Yard
The Scorpion Strikes!
The Fighting Marines
Vs. the Tiger Shark!
Vs. Dr. Mortis and The League of Murdered Men!
Holt of the Secret Service
Tough-guy Pulp Cliffhanger!
Patria Vs. Warner Oland
& the Japanese Invasion
of New York!
The Wolf Dog
Good Story & New Transfer!
The Black Whip
Linda Stirling, the Avenger!
The Devil Horse
The Vigilante of California!
The Painted Stallion
The Mystery Rider with the Golden Arrow!
The Sign of the Wolf
Restored and High Quality
The Vanishing Legion
Early Serial, Excellent Quality
Zorro Rides Again
And Sings Too!
Zorro's Fighting Legion
Vs. Don Del Oro, Golden God of the Yaquis!
EXOTIC, AIR & SEA ADVENTURES
Adventures of Tarzan
The Original Restored!
Isle of Sunken Gold
Chapters from Lost Serial
The Jungle Princess
The Lost City of the Jungle
Mala, Secret Agent
The Eskimo Hero!
Mystery of the River Boat
Action in Louisiana!
The Mystery Squadron
Who is the Black Ace?
S O S Coast Guard
Ralph Byrd vs. Bela Lugosi!
Action in Atlantis!
Also Available Now from the Milton Caniff Estate
The Complete TV Series Featuring Dean Fredericks
This handsome package includes all 34 episodes from the long-unseen 1958-59 TV series, newly mastered and restored from 35mm, with original commercials and promos and commentary by Marion Ross, Russell Johnson and many more. Quality on this set is superb and represents 10 years of restoration work by digital effects supervisor John Ellis. The buttons below will allow you to order this 3-volume set for $59.85 or Vol. 1 alone with free worldwide shipping, direct from the Milton Caniff estate.
SQUADRON AUDIO DVD COLLECTIONS
Many now available as 2-DVD sets with "flip-over" cover inserts
Masters of Horror/Monsters | Pirates/Adventures at Sea | Sherlock Holmes/Fu Manchu
Exotic Adventure/WWII | All-Star Western/Roy Rogers | Tarzan Audio Collection
The Blue Beetle | Swords of Adventure
Upcoming Release: The Mystery Mind featuring Adrian Booth
The Call of the Savage
Starring Noah Beery Jr.
as Jan of the Jungle
Clancy of the Mounted
Featuring Tom Tyler
The Desert Song (feature)
Long-lost musical story of the "Red Shadow" restored
Boris Karloff rare film
Heroes of the West
Early cowboys & Indians cliffhanger
The Red Rider
Buck Jones tracks down the killer who smokes marijuana cigarettes
The Spider's Web
Transferred from 16mm
Tailspin Tommy in
The Great Air Mystery
Transferred from an original print
The Vanishing Shadow
1934 sci-fi serial featuring invisibility device and murderous robot
The Lost Special
Early railroad serial
Police cars equipped with radios!
The Rustlers of Red Dog
John Mack Brown vs. outlaws
The Secret of Treasure Island
Well-scripted pulp-style thriller
Seven Footprints to Satan (feature)
Translated & scored
Upcoming Archive Additions: Pirate Treasure, Jungle Menace, Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Squadron LOST SERIAL PHOTONOVELS
Ever wish you could see a lost serial that doesn't exist any more? Check out the Squadron Lost Serial Photonovels of The Black Box, Hidden Dangers, The Mysteries of Myra, The Strange Case of Mary Page, The Trey O'Hearts and Under the Crescent for a rare reading experience!
The first two issues of Cliffhanger Treasury, both full of classic cliffhanger comics, are also still available.
Upcoming releases: The Masked Rider Book, The Pocket Guide to Movie Serials
NEW CUSTOMERS PLEASE READ!
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SQUADRON RESTORATIONS ARE NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN
BUY FROM LICENSED VENDORS ONLY
We have regrettably recently received reports of unlicensed vendors selling copies of Squadron DVDs at conventions, in email lists, and on websites, including THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY and even advertising illegal copies for sale in periodicals. Movies Unlimited, Peter C. Walther of Rome NY, the Lone Ranger Fan Club and Norman Kietzer 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 will 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