Squadron Archive DVDs

Copies of the following serials in which we have invested time and funds to preserve and restore are (legally) available to the public from this archive in accordance with Section 108 of the US Copyright law which states that “for preservation, scholarship or research, libraries or archives may reproduce, distribute, display or perform published works in their last 20 years of copyright if the work is not subject to commercial exploitation and cannot be obtained at a fair price.”

We can only offer titles using this service to researchers which have never been released commercially on videotape or DVD in 75 years or more after their original copyright date.
By ordering a copy of one of these titles you agree that you are a writer, reviewer, historian, or library and research, review, or study is your purpose in requesting a copy of any of these films which we have taken pains to restore to as close to their original condition as possible. These serials and features have not been made available by the original producers and are not now and are not to be confused with any commercial releases by the Serial Squadron; we will not at any time in the future make any of the titles below available for commercial sale or distribution and donations related to these holdings are used to help pay for new acquisitions to be restored and preserved. In accordance with current copyright law, no serials will be listed here if less than 75 years old or if made available as a commercial video product by the rightsholder (if any).


THE CALL OF THE SAVAGE (1935)
THE CALL OF THE SAVAGE (1935)
(12 Chapters)
Featuring Noah Beery Jr., Dorothy Short, Harry Woods and Walter Miller
Directed by: Louis Friedlander
Adapted from the Jan of the Jungle stories.
Excellent quality picture and sound. Restored and stabilized. Reel change markers removed; openings and closings restored & complete.
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CLANCY OF THE MOUNTED (1933)
CLANCY OF THE MOUNTED (1933)
(6 of 12 Chapters)
Featuring Tom Tyler and Jacqueline Wells
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Excellent quality picture and sound throughout. Ch. 1 fully restored shot by shot and stabilized, audio on all chapters restored & strong & clear, picture is pure black and white and very sharp. NOTE: Only 6 episodes of this serial are known to exist and that is what is available here.
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$ 12.00
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THE DESERT SONG (1929)
THE DESERT SONG (1929)
Featuring John Boles, Carlotta King, Edward Martindel, Johnnie Arthur, Myrna Loy, Louise Fazenda, John Miljan. Directed by Roy del Ruth
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. 2 acts with intermission, 121 minutes.
Source Material: Good to very good quality transfer from videotape of 16mm black and white TV print
Transfer Quality/Comments: Missing 30-40 seconds of picture in one musical number has been reconstructed from existing footage. Audio synch restored. 2-color Technicolor scenes as were present in the original are simulated & very light tones used on remainder of film, some of which was also originally released in color. Audio restored. Essentially complete and in good condition. Includes theatrical trailer.
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DEADWOOD DICK (1940)
DEADWOOD DICK (1940)
Featuring Don Douglas, Lorna Gray and ? as The Skull
A mysterious masked conspirator and his gang of killers terrorize the town and when they shoot down two of newspaper reporter Dick Stanley’s friends, he’s had enough--he dons a mask and gun belt and becomes the avenger known only as “Deadwood Dick” and tries to hunt them down. Directed by James Horne, of THE SPIDER’S WEB fame. Transfer quality Very Good/Excellent, with restored picture and audio. Will be added to the archive in November 2016; copies will ship when the restoration is complete.
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GRAFT (1931)
GRAFT (1931)
Featuring Regis Toomey, Sue Carol, Dorothy Revier, Boris Karloff, William B. Davidson, George Irving
Talky early sound feature in which Cub reporter Dusty investigates the murder of the District Attorney and stumbles into a plot involving a kidnapping and a crooked election. Boris Karloff plays a menacing hit man & the main interest here is in seeing him out of makeup just before he filmed FRANKENSTEIN. Not exactly a thriller, this film operates more on the level of a TV crime drama.
Source material: Digital transfer of 35mm original print.
Transfer Quality/Comments: Transfer is extremely sharp and clear, a little contrasty, it floats a little but not much, sound is a hair out of synch but this transfer is still what most would call superb picture quality.
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THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOK (1938)
THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOK (1938)
(15 Chapters)
Directed by Mack Wright and Sam Nelson
Featuring Gordon “Wild Bill” Elliott, Monte Blue, Kermit Maynard, Chief Thunder Cloud, Sammy McKim, Dickie Jones, Ray Mala, Reed Hadley, Carol Wayne
“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. Includes 3 familiar serial-kids in the cast: Darro, Jones and McKim, and future Zorro Reed Hadley. Excellent quality new digital transfer, sometimes a little hot in bright scenes, complete, some minor decomposition artifacts present in original have mostly been eliminated & quality restored.

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HEROES OF THE WEST (1932)
HEROES OF THE WEST (1932)
(12 Chapters)
Featuring Noah Beery Jr., Julie Bishop, Onslow Stevens, William Desmond
A railroad pioneer and his family defend their enterprise from hostile tribes and a conniving crook and his gang
Excellent quality picture and sound. Restored and stabilized. Borders adjusted properly. Most splices & reel change markers in original eliminated; openings and closings restored & complete.
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JUNGLE MENACE (1937)
JUNGLE MENACE (1937)
(15 Chapters)
Featuring Frank Buck, Duncan Renaldo, LeRoy Mason, John Davidson, Charlotte Henry
An animal trapper determines to help a young woman caught in the web of a rubber smuggling ring in Africa and faces threats from the thieves as well as wild beasts of the region. Transferred from 16mm, audio and picture restored.
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THE LOST SPECIAL (1932)
THE LOST SPECIAL (1932)
(12 Chapters)
Featuring Frank Albertson, Cecilia Parker, Frank Glendon, Francis Ford, Joe Bonomo. Directed by Henry McRae
Restored from videotape source. Print quality is excellent with no scratches, artifacts, or splices. Transfer quality is not great; image is stable but focus is soft and contrast is sometimes OK sometimes not. Ch. 11 is grainy and has been partially smoothed. Audio restored to remove 95% of hiss; some auto-level artifacts remain; missing sound at end of Ch. 8 replaced. Complete. General effect is average old VHS quality with strong sound.
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RADIO PATROL (1937)
RADIO PATROL (1937)
(12 Chapters)
Directed by Ford Beebe and Cliff Smith
Featuring Grant Withers, Adrian Morris, Catherine Hughes, Frank Lackteen
Digital transfer from excellent quality original 16mm print with one chapter in lesser quality than others; audio restored
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THE RED RIDER (1934)
THE RED RIDER (1934)
(15 Chapters)
Directed by Louis Friedlander
Featuring Buck Jones, Walter Miller, Grant Withers
Digital transfer from excellent quality original 16mm print. Complete, with original beginning and end logos. Missing & truncated chapter endings fully restored; audio restored & brought up to proper level; picture element adjusted for contrast when possible; sounds and looks excellent all around.
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THE RUSTLERS OF RED DOG (1935)
THE RUSTLERS OF RED DOG (1935)
(12 Chapters)
Directed by Louis Friedlander
Featuring Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton, Walter Miller, Harry Woods, Joyce Compton
Digital transfer from excellent quality original 16mm print; picture, opening summaries and audio restored.
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THE SECRET OF TREASURE ISLAND (1938)
THE SECRET OF TREASURE ISLAND (1938)
(15 Chapters)
Directed by Mack Wright and Sam Nelson
Featuring Don Terry, Gwen Gaze, Grant Withers, Walter Miller, Dave O’Brien, Yakima Canutt
Larry Kent, searching for a lost reporter, and Toni Morrell, who has half of an old treasure map battle snarling, greedy Collins, aka, “The Shark,” master of Treasure Island, his hired gunman Gridley, pirate-costumed henchmen, the weird underground “Mole Men,” an erupting volcano, and the apparent ghost of “The Black Pirate” battle over the two halves of the map in the attempt to recover a reputed treasure.
Source Material: High quality 16mm original print with a few minor lines & splices and excellent contrast
Transfer quality: Generally excellent contrast & sharp picture and excellent strong sound on this new digital transfer. Chapter openings/closings all restored, audio noise reduced & normalized.
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SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN (1929)
SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN (1929)
Featuring Creighton Hale and Thelma Todd
Another long-thought-lost epic found again and restored by the Squadron! 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! This one is really not to be missed, and a hell of a lot better than LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT! 116 min.
Source Material: Poor quality video transfer with Italian subtitles, NOT our usual digital transfer, so will not blow up well to large-screen TVs, and is therefore recommended for laptop PC, tablet, or other small-screen viewing. But it will look and sound really cool there!
Transfer Quality: Titles entirely redone in new English translation. Color tints and new score and sound effects improve poor picture quality in original.
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THE SPIDER'S WEB (1938)
THE SPIDER'S WEB (1938)
(Columbia 1938 / 15 Chapters)
Featuring Warren Hull as Richard Wentworth/The Spider, Kenneth Duncan, Richard Fiske, Nita Van Sloan)
Directed by Ray Taylor, James W. Horne
The mysterious white-robed Octopus raids one industry after another in a systematic grab for power. The Spider, a masked vigilante who looks upon the underworld as his own private shooting gallery, is feared by criminals and civilians alike. When these two powerful figures fight to destroy each other, the result is bloody mayhem. This was the first serial to feature a 1930s pulp magazine crime-fighter character. The look of the serial Spider, with his webbed mask and light flowing cape, was a definite improvement over either previous form and certainly influenced that of the more familiar current comic book character Spider-Man. An exciting serial packed with non stop action and a fine cast.
Source Material: 16mm original print, complete
Transfer Quality: Excellent, usually very sharp picture, stabilized, exposure-corrected, with normalized and noise-reduced audio
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TAILSPIN TOMMY in THE GREAT AIR MYSTERY (1935)
TAILSPIN TOMMY in THE GREAT AIR MYSTERY (1935)
(12 Chapters)
Directed by Ray Taylor
Featuring Clark Williams, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr.
Digital transfer from excellent quality original 16mm print; audio restored
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THE VANISHING SHADOW (1934)
THE VANISHING SHADOW (1934)
(12 Chapters)
Featuring Onslow Stevens, Ada Ince and Walter Miller
Incredible Devices: Belt of invisibility, destroying ray, robot
Directed by: Louis Friedlander
Sharp digital transfer from high quality stable original film print. Excellent quality picture and sound throughout. Full-quality restored edition, never before made available in DVD quality. Complete.
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