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The Serial Squadron is a multimedia archive -- the home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes, and our goal is to preserve and restore and make available for viewing or study the jungle, mystery, western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.
We are a soon-to-be non-profit library/archive supported by enthusiasts of the form, historians, and in cooperation with the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, the Library of Congress, and private collectors, which restores, repairs, and re-creates movie and audio serials in video, audio, and printed form which are not now available or have never been been commercially released by studios or legitimately licensed rightsholders.
These titles have been scheduled for restoration in 2019 and in various stages of production.
If you have a film print of a serial for which no high quality transfer exists that you would like to see us restore, please contact us.
Here are links to FLASH GORDON, ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, COMMANDO CODY and other currently available high quality commercial serial releases. We do not work on titles which have been released commercially by studios or those which have received legitimate distribution by secondary agencies.
This is the index page to the Squadron DVD collection of restorations produced since 2002, when Squadron members raised funds to publish the first-ever serial on DVD, ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION (now being remastered). Archive titles are not available commercially, only to those who request copies from this site. Restorations of public domain titles are available for redistribution/quantity discount.
ANNOUNCING THE LATEST SQUADRON DVD RELEASES/ARCHIVE ADDITIONS:
A collector's dream: 10 hours of "lost" and restored serial episodes!
THE WHARTON STUDIO SERIAL COLLECTION
2 DL-DVD Set
Featuring Grace Darling, Harry Fox, Olive Thomas, Betty Howe, Warner Oland, Irene Castle, Milton Sills, Jean Sothern, Howard Estabrook, Mike Rale, Oliver Hardy, Lionel Barrymore, and Pearl White
Restored and upgraded editions of the serials shot at the Wharton Studio in Ithaca, New York, 1915-1918: BEATRICE FAIRFAX -- THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA -- PATRIA -- THE EAGLE'S EYE -- THE ROMANCE OF ELAINE -- THE NEW ADVENTURES OF J RUFUS WALLINGFORD
Including never-before-seen content, new slideshows, documentaries and re-creations of "lost" episodes, new musical scores compiled and sometimes composed and performed by Eric Stedman, and newly transferred content which has been restored from new HD transfers. A whopping 10 hours of content in this multi-disc set.
Click to see complete contents list
This release is available for commercial distribution
THE SCARLET HORSEMAN
Featuring Paul Guilfoyle
and Victoria Horne
Rarely-seen masked-rider serial in which the title character poses as a mythological figure during a conflict with the Comanche. A greedy woman uses the alias "Matoska" and the acquisition of a sacred sword to try to divide Texas.
13 Episodes / Black and White
4 hours 40 minutes
Restored picture and audio
Extras: The Scarlet Cloak audition program
This archive title is not available commercially.
UPCOMING ARCHIVE EDITIONS/RELEASES
These are the next projects to be completed.
"Buy it now" buttons will appear on these titles when they are ready to ship.
The fan-favorite serial in a new HD transfer, for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Really.
PREORDERS WILL BE TAKEN SOON FOR THIS TITLE.
OF THE WEST
A crooked oil man and his ruthless gang attempt to force ranchers off their land
Visit the Squadron Youtube channel to watch additional episodes
SPY SMASHER - THE DESERT HAWK - DAUGHTER OF DON Q
THE SCARLET HORSEMAN - THE SPIDER'S WEB
BOB BURNS TALKS ROCKETMAN/THE PURPLE MONSTER
MYSTERIES OF MYRA - PERILS OF PAULINE - THE EAGLE'S EYE
INDEX OF ALL SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available or In Production
All our serials on DVD are restored for picture/and or sound quality, mostly from original film prints, and some are also newly scored, stabilized, reconstructed, and often include extras.
The Black Box
Daughter of Uncle Sam
The Eagle's Eye
The Flame Fighter
The Green Archer
The Hawk's Trail
The Hope Diamond Mystery
The House of Hate
Isle of Sunken Gold
The Liberty Boys
The Lightning Raider
The Master Mystery
The Masked Rider
The Mysteries of Myra
The Mystery Mind
New Adventures of
J. Rufus Wallingford
The Perils of Pauline
The Romance of Elaine
Strange Case of Mary Page
The Trey O'Hearts
The Ventures of Marguerite
The Trail of the Octopus
Under the Crescent
Daredevils of the West
Desperadoes of the West
The Devil Horse
Great Adventures of
Wild Bill Hickok
Heroes of the West
James Brothers of Missouri
Jesse James Rides Again
Last of the Mohicans
The Lightning Warrior
The Lone Defender
The Painted Stallion
The Red Rider
The Rustlers of Red Dog
The Sign of the Wolf
The Vanishing Legion
Roy Rogers Show
Tales of the Texas Rangers
MORE TITLES IN PRODUCTION
COMING SOON ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND IN PRINT
THE SQUADRON GUIDE TO
THE MOVIE SERIALS
A 400 page book which includes concise descriptions of every cliffhanger serial and film series from 1912-1956, listed in order of release date, stills from hundreds of rare titles, feature versions and re-releases, TV cliffhangers, serial merchandise, serials on videotape and DVD, serial novelizations, big little books, comics, even sheet music. Created to be a useful, handy reference no cliffhanger serial fan will want to be without!
SPECIAL PROJECT NEWS
UP TO $4000 VALUE REWARD
For original audio from the 1929 Mascot serial
THE KING OF THE KONGO
The Serial Squadron, Grapevine Video and Sara Karloff will be joining forces soon to produce a new restoration of the 1929 part-sound serial The King of the Kongo featuring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff.
Dialogue sequences for this serial were recorded on Vitaphone disks, some of which may be lost forever, and some of which are in the hands of private collectors. Missing dialogue will be included in the release in newly dubbed and in optional subtitle-view form. But the more original audio that can be included on this DVD, the better the final result will be and the more delighted film fans who will be able to view the serial in more complete form than ever before.
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ABOUT THE SERIAL SQUADRON
It is our mission at the Squadron to preserve and restore the rarest of all historical theatrical cliffhanger movie serials of 1912-1956 and related series films and create restored editions of serials as yet unseen by the general public, or which are only viewable in poor or incomplete condition, and to keep all these titles available for purposes of historical research, study, remembrance value or to be seen by new audiences unfamiliar with the content. Most titles here come from new transfers done from original films and include restored picture and sound. Silent titles include new scores and missing content in any serial is re-created or summarized. Subscribers help us continue to restore new titles and when special projects surface we sometimes use pledge drives to help fund restorations.
The Squadron also publishes novelizations of lost serials and serial-related comics.
And some lost serials have been re-created as audio dramas and more will be presented in that form as time goes on.
Note: EVERYTHING here is an "upgrade." We will offer NO DVD copy of a serial that we believe exists in better condition anywhere else. If a studio releases a serial from original material we will usually remove it from our list.
Section 108 of the Copyright Act permits libraries and archives to make certain uses of copyrighted materials in order to serve the public and ensure the availability of works over time. Among other things, Section 108 provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives to make copies in specified instances for preservation, replacement and patron access. Section 108 was enacted as part of the Copyright Act of 1976, then amended in 1998 by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act, and in 2005 by the Preservation of Orphan Works Act.
In accordance with current copyright law, no serials will be listed here unless they are public domain and/or more than 75 years old or in their last 20 years of a copyright term and not currently available as a commercial video product by a studio or legitimately licensed rights holder (if any). Copies of orphaned 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.”
SQUADRON RESTORATIONS CONTAINING ORIGINAL CONTENT ARE NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN. BUY FROM THIS SITE OR LICENSED VENDORS ONLY
We have regrettably recently received reports of unlicensed vendors selling copies of copyrighted Squadron DVDs at conventions, in email lists, and on websites, including THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY and even advertising illegal copies for sale in periodicals. Only Peter C. Walther of Rome NY, Norman Kietzer and the Lone Ranger Fan Club 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 may 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.
By ordering a copy of one of the restored public domain titles you agree to respect its copyright as a new version of a public domain work by the Squadron and not to copy or resell the DVD. In regards to orphaned (abandoned) 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.
"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!" -- Pioneer serial producer/director George B. Seitz