The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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Boris Karloff's first major role, 10 years before Frankenstein and The Mummy.
One of the last remaining complete lost serials in existence, available now for the first time.
A must for all serious classic serial and horror film collectors.

Transferred from the original print, stabilized, restored and scored.

THE HOPE
DIAMOND MYSTERY

featuring Boris Karloff
in his first major motion picture role
George Chesebro and Grace Darmond

This complete 15-episode serial, which put Boris Karloff on the map, and which has not been seen by the public in over 90 years, is based on the true story of the discovery and "curse" of the Hope Diamond, stolen from a temple in Burma in the 16th century.

The actors play dual roles in the past and present, with Karloff cast as both the High Priest of the Temple of Sita, and Dakar,

a Hindu in the present day who may be his reincarnation and wants to return the diamond to its ancestral home. Sidney Atherton, a high-class crook with mind-control powers who masquerades in different identities, including that of Asian underworld leader Nang Fu, wants the diamond for himself and uses every method he can think of to get it and throw a criminologist (George Chesebro) off his trail. Lady Francis Hale, the real-life last owner of the coveted gem, appears in the serial in its introductions and closings.

STATUS: The project is now complete and the DVD set will begin shipping now (in the 2nd week in September 2014). Click here for the latest updates posted on the Squadron Facebook Page.

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COMING SOON ON DVD

THE MASKED RIDER
featuring Harry Myers, Ruth Stonehouse, Paul Panzer and Edna Holland

The long-awaited complete collector's edition of THE MASKED RIDER is scheduled for release in October. Volume 3 will be available at the same time, for those who participated in the pledge drive and those who have bought individual volumes previously. The Masked Rider Companion book including ultra-rare script and photo material will also be released at the same time as the DVDs.

If you pledged, your Vol. 3 DVD will still be mailed out to you after we confirm your current address. Please don't send us updated contact information just yet -- we will send out emails first when the DVDs and book are nearing completion.

STATUS: Video and audio work on the serial are almost complete. The Book is still being assembled. We are not taking preorders on the complete set or Vol. 3 until we figure out some shipping issues -- watch this space and/or the Squadron Facebook Group page for the announcement that the DVDs are ready to order.

THE GREAT SERIAL SQUADRON SERIAL DVD RESTORATIONS

RARE SILENT AND SOUND SERIALS RESTORED FOR PRESENTATION ON DVD
Featuring the great restored Republic
LONE RANGER serials
and the Holy Grail of Lost Serials, DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST
(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
In English -- No Subtitles
Complete on DVD

THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN
In English -- No Subtitles
Complete on DVD

THE TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS
Restored from 35mm

THE PHANTOM EMPIRE
Restored & Scored

DRUMS OF FU MANCHU
Transferred from the Original Print

KING OF THE MOUNTIES
With Restored Audio & Subtitled Missing Dialogue

DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST
Complete on DVD
With Fully Restored Audio

Click here to for more information about our well-regarded DVD titles.
Click Here for a Printable List of DVDs we have available.

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Click Here for information about ordering Squadron DVDs to sell, show or broadcast.


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 usually ship twice a week and sometimes need to have titles reprinted. That being said, some weeks we ship every day, and 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 is 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. Most of these titles are not available for commercial distribution or dealer orders.

THE DESERT SONG
Archive DVD

featuring John Boles and Myrna Loy
121 Min. Feature

The mysterious freedom fighter known as the Red Shadow is actually the son of the General sent to the region to seek out and destroy him. Filming of stage operetta originally released in part 2-color Technicolor with sound on Vitaphone disks. A long-unseen film thought lost by many, but, yes, this really is it. Complete with restored musical sequence & color tones. 2 acts with intermission.

SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN
Archive DVD

featuring Creighton Hale and Thelma Todd
Restored Edition
116 min. Feature
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James Kirkham inherited a lot of money and wants a life of adventure, exploring in darkest Africa, but instead, after a robbery at an antiquities auction, finds himself and his fiance Eve kidnapped by parties unknown and taken to a macabre mansion of horrors such as the world has never known, inhabited by demonic-looking freaks, torturers, and killers. He and Eve will be granted freedom only if he agrees to the "ordeal of seven steps" presided over by the mansion's owner -- apparently Satan himself! Color tinted, in a new English translation, with new score and sound effects!

THE SPIDER'S WEB
Archive DVD

featuring Warren Hull
15 Chapters (Complete)
VIEW SCENES FROM THE SERIAL

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.

THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF
WILD BILL HICKOK
Archive DVD
Featuring Bill Elliott
15 Chapters (Complete)

“Wild Bill” Hickok, “a peaceable man” with a lightning-fast quick-draw, rides into town to protect Abilene from the destructive Phantom Raiders. This serial introduced Elliott and provided him with his nickname. Cast includes Monte Blue, Kermit Maynard, Chief Thunder Cloud, Sammy McKim, Dickie Jones, Ray Mala, 3 familiar serial-kids: Frankie Darro, Dickie Jones and Sammy McKim, and future Zorro Reed Hadley.

Two different transfers of this title have been added to the archive.

Status: Archive DVD requests are shipping now.

More titles from the Archive: Graft / The Lost Special / Radio Patrol
The Rustlers of Red Dog
/ Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery


Note to New Members: We are essentially a library, not a commercial storefront like Amazon.com and due to the very low demand for what we make available we do not keep large quantities of titles in stock or ship DVD orders or requests every day but make requests to order and send them in batches in the order in which they were received about twice a week. So PLEASE do not email us right after you send your order with shipping questions, but instead allow about 2 weeks for delivery of Squadron or Archive DVDs. We cannot make what we do available any other way without charging twice as much for our services. Thank you!

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NEW CLIFFHANGER COMICS COMING

After a couple of false starts, new cliffhanger-style comics are coming to the new, upgraded version of the CLIFFHANGER TREASURY. More news as soon as it becomes available!
CHAPTERS FROM LOST SERIALS TO BE BROADCAST ONLINE WEEKLY FOR SQUADRON MEMBERS!

We have been working since the beginning of the year to try and set up a weekly broadcast of serial chapters for Squadron members. The goal now will be to present 1 new chapter from a serial which has never been released on video per week, or 2 chapters per week of a new transfer of a serial which has suffered from never having a new digital transfer. The online video chapters will begin with THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY. Some chapters will be free, some members-only. More information soon as things get set up!
THE ORIGINAL SQUADRON ONLINE CHAT ROOM REALLY IS STILL OPEN AND ACTIVE!

Meet other serial fans in the Lone Ranger's Cave Sunday evenings 9pm - 11pm EST and say hi, discuss new Squadron projects and ideas and what lost serial titles we plan to dig up next, or just listen to the Green Hornet's comments about obscure silent serial novels, Wildcat's complaints about bad serial bootlegs, Dr. Grood's latest impossible brainstorms, or descriptions of Drew Manchu's latest golden age comic acquisitions. You need to be a Yuku forum member to chat but that's easy to sign up for and free and does not initiate spam emailing.
SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP LEVEL REWARDS TBA

In conjunction with the upcoming online video program, we're setting up a program by which paid members can receive Squadron DVD releases without having to order in advance, as soon as they are completed, and receive other membership benefits. The opportunity to sponsor or co-sponsor Squadron releases will also be provided.

Watch this space and the Members page for updates and the new Membership Kit & descriptions of the new membership levels and instructions on how you can join up and participate!
MEMBERSHIP

Note: the original 2014 kits are currently sold out. Watch this space for great new Squadron membership options to come & new kits to be available again soon.

The OFFICIAL SERIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP KIT
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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