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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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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

I thought I'd revisit this post and give Smiley Burnette some attention. Smiley died of leukemia at age 55. He was a very talented musician and it was said could play around 100 instruments. He was also a singer and songwriter. The link is to Smiley and Gene singing what is probably Smiley's most famous composition. He wrote it while he and Gene were traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, by automobile, and passing through the desert southwest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6et5oL_ZnM


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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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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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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Universal had success with the "Flash Gordon" serial. So much Universal produced two more "Flash Gordon" serials. This led them to produce a serial featuring the other comic strip sci-fi hero, "Buck Rogers", also starring Buster Crabbe. I couldn't find the trailer for this, so here is a bit from Chapter One. BTW, if you look on Youtube for the "Buck Rogers" serial, you'll find "Planet Outlaws" which is an edited down version of the serial. Edited down versions of serials aren't worth watching when compared to the original serial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I61CZ7Uq67o


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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Today's serial is one I bet no one would have thought would have been filmed. It's about the boy genius, and the name is "Tom Swift and His Atomic Time Machine". If you guessed it was never filmed, you were right. Actually, this serial features Timely Comics, Timely morphed into Marvel, iconic hero. A lot of liberties were taken with this hero. The costume seems to be the only thing that resembles the hero. Oh, the title says "The Return Of...", but don't let that fool ya. Film companies did that quite often to serials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7GtCsXn1yE


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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I turn my attention to Dick Tracy. I think this is the best of the Dick Tracy serials. It features Tracy against an invisible villain, known as The Ghost. I saw this in the theater as a kid, and it scared me. I've watched it as an adult, and it is a good serial, but it didn't scare me. It stars my favorite Dick Tracy, Ralph Byrd. Byrd starred in four Dick Tracy serials, two features, and an early fifties TV show. Unfortunately, Byrd suffered a fatal heart attack during production of the TV show, so that ended that. I couldn't find a preview, so here is Chapter One:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMF1qKcBd9o


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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This next serial has nothing to do with science fiction. What it does have is a star who became a superstar. He starred in three serials and many "B" features before hitting the big time. You'll know him when you see him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmtuCFIH7zc


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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Buster Crabbe returns again, this time as Buck Rogers. The serial was re-released as "Planet Outlaws".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-lrz1apTvw&t=38s


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 Post subject: Re: The Adventures Of Captain Marvel
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Kane Richmond stars as comic book hero "Spy Smasher". This WWII serial is one of the best, and a feat is pulled off in this one that I don't think has been performed in any other movie. Trailer is not available, so here is Chapter One.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiWOz4MH7ms


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