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The home on the web of the original cinema superhero, Western and sci-fi cliffhangers
that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood comic book hero blockbusters of today.
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THE GREAT SERIAL SQUADRON SERIAL DVD RESTORATIONS

Trailer for THE MASKED RIDER (1919) Now available on DVD

THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA Episode 12: "The Elixir of Youth" Now available on DVD

MYSTERY MOUNTAIN restored -- coming soon on DVD

DRUMS OF FU MANCHU restored from an original print

DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST restored and complete on DVD

THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY Complete on DVD; Karloff's first major film role

THE HOUSE OF HATE starring PEARL WHITE and ANTONIO MORENO vs. the HOODED TERROR!

STEVE CANYON Complete restored TV series DVD Box Set

THE MASKED RIDER: The Fight on the Dam

THE WOLF DOG featuring Frankie Darro -- great serial, new transfer!

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Available Now
THE MYSTERIES
OF MYRA

The Existing Episodes
DVD / Book

Featuring Jean Sothern and Howard Estabrook


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.

View Episode 12
"The Elixir of Youth"

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Available Now
MYSTERY MOUNTAIN

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!

View Chapter 1:
"The Rattler"

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Available Now
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.

View Action Scenes from Ep. 5
"The Fight on the Dam"

NEWS & NOTES

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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AN AMAZING DISCOVERY:
THE VOICE FROM THE SKY IS FOUND!!
At least one chapter and possibly two more reels of the key lost serial THE VOICE FROM THE SKY have been discovered (really! We kid you not!), and we'll work on restoring them as soon as we can. THE VOICE FROM THE SKY was the first complete talking serial and featured Hal Taliaferro and Neva Gerber, billed as Wally Wales and Jean Delores.
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THE COMPLETE MASKED RIDER DVD
The complete MASKED RIDER DVD is now ready to ship. The whole serial has been stabilized and most splices and major damage have been removed, and the whole thing looks great, as if a whole new print was discovered. Many extras have been added and we look forward to bringing you this great and historically important release.
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ADRIAN BOOTH FAN PAGE POSTED
A Facebook fan page for Adrian "Vultura" Booth, star of CAPTAIN AMERICA and PERILS OF NYOKA has been posted by the Squadron. She will be able to view photos you post and respond occasionally to messages!
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CLIFFHANGER TREASURY
TO INCLUDE NEW COMICS FEATURES
New original comics serials including THE BLACK CIRCLE, KAMARA AND THE SUN GODDESS and DEFENDERS OF THE UNIVERSE are being developed for presentation in the Squadron's cliffhanger comic publication.
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The next Squadron DVD Release will be
TARZAN THE FEARLESS (Serial Edition)
Featuring Buster Crabbe and Jacqueline Wells
Mary Brooks leads a jungle expedition to find her lost archaeologist father and encounters Tarzan, the mysterious wild man, who helps protect her as she heads toward the lost temple of the god Zar of the Many Emeralds and his worshipers.
IN PRODUCTION

In Production
Upcoming
DVD RELEASES

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ZUDORA
Featuring Marguerite Snow

THE DEVIL HORSE
THE MYSTERY MIND
THE VOICE FROM THE SKY

In Production
Shipping Next to
SUBSCRIBERS

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TARZAN THE FEARLESS
(Serial Version)

THE DEVIL HORSE
THE GALLOPING GHOST
THE MYSTERY TROOPER
THE LONE DEFENDER
THE WHISPERING SHADOW

In Production
Upcoming
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS

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THE VAGABOND KING
With Restored Color

ADVENTURES OF
FRANK MERRIWELL
JUNGLE MENACE
PIRATE TREASURE

MORE RARE RESTORED MOVIE SERIALS ON DVD
And Available On Demand
on your computer, and/or compatible tablet, phone, XBox, Blu-Ray player or smart TV

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.

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DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST
The Long-Lost Republic Serial Complete on DVD
View On Demand

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THE LONE RANGER
and THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN In English -- No Subtitles
Complete on DVD
View On Demand

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DRUMS OF FU MANCHU
The Must-See Serial Transferred from an Original Print -- Best Quality Available!

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THE HOPE
DIAMOND MYSTERY

Boris Karloff's first major film role!
Now Available On Demand

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THE HOUSE OF HATE
Amazing full-length long-lost serial starring Pearl White vs. the Hooded Terror!

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THE PHANTOM EMPIRE
Restored & Scored:
The Fun Version!

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THE LOST SERIAL COLLECTION
Anthology of Rare Footage from Silent Serials

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KING OF THE MOUNTIES
With Restored Audio & Subtitled Missing Dialogue

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CRIME & SPY THRILLERS

Beatrice Fairfax
The Great 1916 Girl Reporter Series!

Blake of Scotland Yard
The Scorpion Strikes!

The Fighting Marines
Vs. the Tiger Shark!

Gang Busters
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!

WESTERN CLIFFHANGERS

The Black Whip
Linda Stirling, the Avenger!

The Devil Horse
In Production

The Eagle
The Vigilante of California!

Mystery Mountain
In Production

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!

Undersea Kingdom
Action in Atlantis!

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Also Available Now from the Milton Caniff Estate
STEVE CANYON
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.

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ORDER THE COMPLETE SERIES
ORDER VOL. 1 $19.95 POSTPAID TO US
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THE SERIAL SQUADRON FILM ARCHIVE
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THE SERIAL SQUADRON FILM ARCHIVE
is the Squadron's Non-Profit Wing: Our library of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, digital transfers, laserdisc & videotape. 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, writers or film historians for purposes of research or study. Most of these titles are not available for commercial distribution or dealer orders.

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

Graft (feature)
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

Radio Patrol
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

CLIFFHANGER BOOKS AND COMICS
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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

ORDERING / SHIPPING NOTES

ORDERING/SHIPPING NOTES
NEW CUSTOMERS PLEASE READ!

Please allow 30 days for delivery of all orders. We ship a few times a week in a queue which usually runs a week or two behind. Orders for new titles and single DVD orders tend to ship more quickly than large orders because elements often need to be reprinted and most orders are made-to-order. Sorry but we do not get enough orders to support extensive warehousing or daily shipping, this is how we make things work & we appreciate your patience.

There is no need for you to email us asking for a shipping date of any package -- if you received a receipt email from PayPal that means we've got your order and it will ship when it comes up in line.

When your order is processed you will receive an email with tracking information which will allow you to track your package once it's been processed by the Post Office, which may sometimes be a few days after you are sent the email.

We do not do rush or overnight orders. At all. Or ship single copies of new DVDs to obvious DVD copy shops. If you want to sell copies of Squadron DVDs please click the link below about becoming a dealer.

To order DVDs by mail and pay by check or money order, use the
Mail Order Form.

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REPLACEMENT DISKS

If you need a replacement disk for any title, please keep your case, do not send it back to us -- use the Disk Replacement Form or Mail Order Form and the replacement disk will be mailed to you.

PRINTABLE DVD CATALOG
Click Here to download a Printable PDF List of all DVDs we have available
or a 1-page Summary/Price List

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.


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"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