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 Post subject: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:05 pm 
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I am a fan of the old movie serials. Were they Academy Award contenders? No. However, they did leave their mark on today's action/adventure movies, particularly superhero films.

Republic Pictures had obtained the rights to film a Superman serial, but, for whatever reason, the deal fell through. Republic then decided to go with Fawcett's superhero, Captain Marvel. Filming started in Dec. 1940 and finished Jan. 1941. Directed by William Witney, starring Tom Tyler as Cap, FX by the Lydecker brothers, who invented a lot of the FX still in use today. Tom Tyler's stunt double was Dave Sharpe. Why is that worth mentioning? Tyler stood around 6'4" while Sharpe was around 5'8".

This is the first film of any type to bring a comic book superhero to the screen. It is also one of the best, despite the junk science and flimsy plot. So, SHAZAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mweCJeBk314


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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Here is another Republic flying hero. This character was popular enough that three serials and a summer TV replacement show were produced. Although the character has become known as "Rocket Man", Republic changed the name of the hero in each serial. In "King Of The Rocket Men" he was Jeff King. In "Radar Men From The Moon", he was Commando Cody. In "Zombies Of The Stratosphere", he was Larry Martin. Incidentally, Leonard Nimoy has a role in the last. Even more junk science and zaniness in these. BTW, "The Rocketeer" is something of a homage to these.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X21OJhiSV8

Edit: Clayton Moore, yes, The Lone Ranger, appears in "Radar Men From The Moon". He plays an evil henchman of the head villain. He's even seen smoking a cigarette, which is something The Lone Ranger would never do.


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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The next serial stars The Singing Cowboy in his first starring role. The 1935 Mascot production "The Phantom Empire". Gene Autry has his trusty sidekick, Smiley Burnette, along for the ride. All kinds of junk science in this one. BTW, Autry is the only entertainer to have 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. He was also a WWII veteran, serving with the Army Air Force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrO-8R-nEHw


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:37 pm 
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Here is the serial that was produced as an "A" feature. It even had a big Broadway opening, and was Universal's second highest grossing film of 1936. It was intended to lure adult audiences back to serials. The two leading women dress in some very interesting costumes. I always liked Princess Aura over Dale Arden.

The trailer for "Flash Gordon":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BQYT_NGRlA


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