THE GREEN ARCHER Columbia 1940 / 15 Chapters / Mystery Source: The Green Archer by Edgar Wallace Hero: Spike Holland (Victor Jory) Leading Lady: Valerie Howett (Iris Meredith) Mystery Hero: The Green Archer Villain: Abel Bellamy (James Craven) Main Henchmen: Savini (Robert Fiske), Dinky (Kit Guard), Brad (Jack Ingram) Supporting Cast: Dorothy Fay, Forrest Taylor, Joseph W. Girard, Fred Kelsey, Kenne Duncan
Directed by: James W. Horne
Plot: A mysterious archer in medieval attire and his imitator -- sometimes we don't know which is which -- prowl the grounds of the villain's modern castle and adjoining house while insurance investigator Spike Holland tries to make sense of the whole business. Operating from the castle is a jewel ring run by blackguard Abel Bellamy, who takes over the property after sending his innocent brother to prison for one of the ring's capers.
Notes: Remake of the earlier silent serial version which featured Walter Miller and Allene Ray, made on similar, sometimes identical sets.
Reviews: "James W. Horne's first two solo sound serials (The Shadow and The Green Archer) are also his best. Both move lightning fast without a loss of coherence, and neither descend into obnoxious and idiotic self-parody like some of his later serials (Captain Midnight and Terry and the Pirates for instance). Green Archer is not a serious serial though -- it's an "old dark house" style mystery/comedy showcasing the same comedic talent Horne showed in such films as Laughing Gravy and Way Out West with Laurel and Hardy." -- Green Hornet Chapter Titles 1: Prison Bars Beckon 2: The Face at the Window 3: The Devil's Dictograph 4: Vanishing Jewels 5: The Fatal Spark 6: The Necklace of Treachery 7: The Secret Passage 8: Garr Castle is Robbed 9: The Mirror of Treachery 10: The Dagger that Failed 11: The Flaming Arrow 12: The Devil Dogs 13: The Deceiving Microphone 14: End of Hope 15: Green Archer Exposed