The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

Shazam! And welcome to the Serial Squadron Archive, since 1998, the home of the classic cliffhanger movie serials on the web and publisher of the great lost serial restorations including the great RESTORED LONE RANGER DVD! Pledge now for THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY featuring Boris Karloff!

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LATEST ARCHIVE ADDITION

THE SPIDER'S WEB
Archive DVD

featuring Warren Hull
15 Chapters (Complete)

One of the major original pulp heroes comes to the screen in the greatest adaptation of pulp to film ever created, featuring Warren Hull and Iris Meredith. Consistently rated one of the top 5 cliffhanger serials of all time by fans, and hugely influential. Source: new digital transfer of 16mm original print, complete, with generally excellent sharp picture quality, restored picture element with stabilization, exposure correction, and noise reduced audio.

Status: Restoration complete, archive DVD requests are shipping now. To request a research copy, click here. Note: Please allow 2 weeks for delivery of Squadron or Archive DVDs.

NOTE: This is an archive DVD, not a commercial product and can not and will not be distributed to commercial DVD retailers and will not be available from other sources.

SPECIAL TAX RELIEF SERIAL DVD DISCOUNT OFFER!
Why the Serial Squadron is better than the US Government: Send the government your money, and they won't even send you a pen in return.

Send us some, tho, and we will send you great serials -- at a discount. This week only, in honor of those who may need a good serial or two to get through that last minute tax work, deserve a reward for doing it or would just like a break, we offer:
BULLETIN BOARD / SQUADRON NEWS
RAYMOND WILLIAM STEDMAN
Author of THE SERIALS: SUSPENSE AND DRAMA BY INSTALLMENT, the inspiration for this website, and retired Squadron Commander has moved to an assisted living community due to a very serious medical condition. Anyone who would like to send good wishes, movie theater candy, or comic books by mail, send them to Eric Stedman, 440 S. State Street G6, Newtown PA 18940-1973 and we will make sure he receives them.
TARZAN THE FEARLESS CHAPTER 9 DISCOVERED
A long-thought-lost chapter of TARZAN THE FEARLESS has resurfaced -- Chapter 9, "Eyes of Evil," on 35mm nitrate, in good condition. It's short, and was stored on one reel, but it includes opening and closing titles. We're looking into restoring the film and presenting it in context with content from the rest of the serial.
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RARE SERIAL CHAPTER OF THE WEEK

NOW PLAYING:

THE
MASKED
RIDER


Episode 8:
The Impostor

(1919) Featuring Harry Myers, Ruth Stonehouse, Edna Holland and Paul Panzer

NOW SHOWING: A NEW CHAPTER EVERY SATURDAY!

The Squadron will now be broadcasting a new, long-unseen rare serial chapter every week and spotlighting restorations in progress. This feature is temporarily suspended because YouTube has begun offering unauthorized downloads of content and did so without warning so we are looking for a new video hosting service. We will be bringing you new chapters soon -- for now, to watch more Squadron serials, you can still Go directly to the Serial Channel

VIEW SERIAL CHAPTER SCREENING SCHEDULE

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GREEN-LIGHTED PROJECTS NOW IN PRODUCTION

These projects have been green-lighted and will be published or added to the Archive within the next few months, when completed.
Links which will allow you to order projects will be added when the project is near completion and/or ready to ship.

THE MASKED RIDER DVD Vol. 3


The final 3 half-hour episodes of the great Western serial, restored and newly scored, which reveal the identity of the Masked Rider and bring the story to a close.

Status: Mostly scored and restored; some new music and sound effects being added.

THE MASKED RIDER
Companion Book


An amazing collection of original stills and much more related to the ground-breaking serial shot in San Antonio which introduced the original Masked Western Hero. Includes the entire content of the ultra-rare original pressbook and the script for serial chapters and other content not included in the DVD as well as images from the personal collections of the stars, co-producer, and cameraman.

Status: Mostly written and assembled, in final design pass stage.

CLIFFHANGER TREASURY #3


172 more thrilling pages of the original adventures of Captain Video, the golden age Blue Beetle, mighty Thunda of the jungle by Frank Frazetta, Bulletman, Dr. Fu manchu, Spy Smasher and more serial heroes. This publication will now include photo and article features on classic serials as well as comics.

Status: Almost ready for publication.

ADVENTURES OF TARZAN
DVD Upgrade


The existing Squadron edition of this serial contains condensed versions of the first 6 episodes. This edition will upgrade that set with new transfers of the complete episodes from original nitrate reels in excellent condition. (The last 4 chapters in the existing Squadron edition are already near- or fully-complete) Source: 35mm original nitrate reels from 1928

Status: Sponsored & awaiting transfer

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COMING COMICS
DEFENDERS OF
THE UNIVERSE


All-new fantastic cliffhanging adventures featuring new takes on some obscure golden age comic book characters such as SPACEHAWK and MYSTA OF THE MOON, and original new-generation serial-inspired characters including KAMARA THE JUNGLE GIRL, CODY JR., XOLOX THE VOLCANO MAN and AURORA, the super-spy of space.

What is the connection between all these characters and the classic movie serials, you may ask? Well, there are plenty but you'll have to wait to discover them all till we begin publishing this epic new cliffhanger series, beginning with:

CHAPTER 1: RETURN OF THE ROCKET MAN

After its benevolent curator is murdered, Mysta, of the Science Institute of the
Moon, summons Spacehawk, a crusading lone-wolf space monster hunter, to help her battle an invasion of her moonbase by Rokar, an alien megalomaniac, and his fighting force of monster men. He is aided by a mysterious, beautiful raven-hared woman flying solo on a space-sled, who protects his ship from dangerous force-blasts with advanced technology that surpasses even his own. Who is she and what is her connection to the mysterious SCAAR Corporation which threatens to pillage Earth of its resources then move on and do the same to other planets? What secret hidden for 60 years will the adventurers discover in a secret cave in the depths of a crater on the Moon? What frightening development may lead our heroes to realize that it may be up to them to join together to defend the entire universe from those who would threaten life itself? Don't miss the first exciting chapter of this new space epic!

Story and art by
ERIC STEDMAN
and
DOMINIQUE ARGANESE ("Aurora")
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RARE SERIAL PLEDGE DRIVE

THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY
featuring Boris Karloff
in his first major motion picture role

The pledge drive for The complete 15-episode serial which put Karloff on the map has reached its goal and we now await receipt of the new digital transfer of this ultra-rare and historically important cinema treasure. The serial will be restored by the Squadron and broadcast online one chapter at a time as the restoration is being completed, beginning in May or June, depending on when we receive the transfer. When THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY is fully restored, target date August 1, pledge participants will receive DVD copies. You may still preorder the title on the Hope Diamond Mystery DVD page, and please do, as this will be an expensive and time-consuming project for which we need as much support as possible.

UPDATE: Our check for the transfer was cashed March 12, so 6-8 weeks from that date, probably in the beginning of May, we expect to receive it and shortly afterward we will post Episode 1 here for all to view while the restoration process begins.

THE GREAT SERIAL SQUADRON SERIAL DVD RESTORATIONS

SILENT AND SOUND SERIALS RESTORED FOR PRESENTATION ON DVD
(Commercial sale titles)


These DVDs and the Republic serial restorations above are available for commercial sale or dealer inquiry. And they're 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 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.

THE LONE RANGER
No Subtitles
Complete on DVD

THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN
No Subtitles
Complete on DVD

DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST
Complete on DVD
With Fully Restored Audio

KING OF THE MOUNTIES
With Restored Audio & Subtitled Missing Dialogue

DRUMS OF FU MANCHU
Transferred from the Original Print

Click here to for more information about our well-regarded DVD titles.


ORDERING / SHIPPING NOTES
- CUSTOMERS: PLEASE ALLOW 30 DAYS FOR DELIVERY FOR ALL ORDERS -- Note that we are not primarily a commercial company like Amazon.com with a huge staff that ships DVDs every day but a collectors' service and library-like archive and ship once or twice a week and sometimes need to have titles reprinted. That being said, most orders ship within 1-2 weeks. If you received a receipt email from PayPal there is no need for you to email us asking for a shipping date of any package -- that means we've got your order. We fill orders in the queue in which they were received and when we have everything you have requested ready to go and when your order is processed you will receive an email with tracking information. If you need a replacement disk please keep your case and use the Disk Replacement Form or Mail Order Form.

THE SERIAL SQUADRON FILM ARCHIVE

THE SERIAL SQUADRON FILM ARCHIVE


The Squadron's Non-Profit Wing: Our library of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, digital transfers, laserdisc & videotape. You can view some of our restorations right now free on THE SERIAL CHANNEL, now showing: the complete BLAKE OF SCOTLAND YARD & much more! Copies of some restored/preserved titles which are at least 75 years old and never received commercial release (listed below) may be legally requested by researchers for purposes of research or study. These titles are not available for commercial distribution or dealer orders.

The Desert Song / Graft / The Lost Special / Radio Patrol / The Rustlers of Red Dog
Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery /
The Spider's Web / The Vanishing Shadow

MEMBERSHIP

Hey, kids of all ages --
The OFFICIAL SERIAL SQUADRON 2014
MEMBERSHIP KIT
is shipping now!

It includes a special 120-page Club Membership Handbook which includes a 2014 calendar, a comprehensive list of American sound serials in order of release date, Secret Codes, Video Lists, and much more, a Membership Certificate, Squadron Pin, Membership Card, Stickers, a Lone Ranger color lobby card repro and a beautiful mini-poster of Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers! CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE SQUADRON and help support preservation of rare cinema serials.

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"I am the serial. I am the black sheep of the motion picture family and the reviled of critics. I am the soulless one with no moral, no character, no uplift. I am ashamed . . . Ah me, if only I could be respectable!" -- THE NEW YORK DRAMATIC MIRROR, 1916