Wikipedia:  "A serial, film serial, movie serial or chapter play, is a motion picture form popular during the first half of the 20th century, consisting of a series of short subjects exhibited in consecutive order at one theater, generally advancing weekly, until the series is completed. Generally, each serial involves a single set of characters, protagonistic and antagonistic, involved in a single story, which has been edited into chapters after the fashion of serial fiction and the episodes cannot be shown out of order or as a single or a random collection of short subjects.

"Each chapter was screened at a movie theater for one week, and ended with a cliffhanger, in which characters found themselves in perilous situations with little apparent chance of escape. Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story. Movie serials were especially popular with children, and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century a typical Saturday at the movies included at least one chapter of a serial, along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films....

"Many serials were Westerns, since those were the least expensive to film. Besides Westerns, though, there were films covering many genres, including crime fiction, espionage, comic book or comic strip characters, science fiction, and jungle adventures. Although most serials were filmed economically, some were made at significant expense. The Flash Gordon serial and its sequels, for instance, were major productions in their times....

"In the early 1930s a handful of independent companies tried their hand at making serials, but managed only two or three, including the once-prolific Weiss Brothers. The Weisses bought a little time when Columbia Pictures decided to take a try at serials, and contracted with them (as Adventure Serials Inc.) to make three chapterplays. They were successful enough that Columbia then established its own serial unit and the Weisses essentially disappeared from the serial scene. This was in 1937, and Columbia was probably inspired by the previous year's serial blockbuster success at Universal, Flash Gordon, the first serial ever to play at a major theater on Broadway; and by the success of that same year of the newly created Republic Pictures, which dedicated itself to a program of serials and westerns, eschewing major productions in their favor. The creation of Republic involved the absorption of Mascot Pictures, so that by 1937, serial production was now in the hands of three companies only - Universal, Columbia, and Republic, with Republic quickly becoming the acknowledged leader in quality serial product. Each company turned out four to five serials per year, of 12 to 15 episodes each, a pace they all kept up until the end of World War II when, in 1946, Universal dropped its serial unit along with its B-picture unit and renamed its production department Universal-International Pictures. Republic and Columbia continued unchallenged, with about four serials per year each, Republic fixing theirs at 12 chapters each while Columbia fixed at fifteen.

"By the mid-1950s, however, episodic television series and the sale of older serials to TV syndicators by all the current and past major sound serial producers, together with the loss of audience attendance at Saturday matinees in general, made serial-making a losing proposition."

The Mr. FAT-W serials are among the most popular of this genre; they are all available on, and will be available from our eBay store, which can be accessed from the buttons below.  We currently have twelve classic "cliffhanger" serials available:

1.  Dick Tracy (15 Chapter Serial)
2.  Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (12 Episode Serial)
3.  Flash Gordon Space Soldiers (14 Episode Serial)
4.  G-Men vs. The Black Dragon (15 Episode Serial)
5.  King of the Texas Rangers (12 Episode Serial)
6.  The Painted Stallion (12 Episode Serial)
7.  Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (14 Episode Serial)
8.  SOS Coastguard (12 Episode Serial)
9.  Undersea Kingdom (12 Episode Serial)
10. Zorro’S Black Whip (12 Episode Serial)

11.  Zorro Rides Again (12 Episode Serial)


Wikipedia: “Zorro's Black Whip is a 1944 Republic Pictures film serial starring Linda Stirling. The film was made after the 1940 20th Century-Fox remake of The Mark of Zorro and Republic wasn't able to use the character himself, but still wanted to capitalize on it. However, and despite the title, Zorro does not feature in this serial. The hero(ine) is actually called The Black Whip throughout. The serial is set in pre-statehood Idaho, and involves a fight to prevent and ensure statehood by the villains and heroes respectively. In Zorro's Black Whip the word Zorro never occurs, but a female who behaves like Don Diego in Idaho fights a cabal of corrupt politicians as "The Black Whip" after her brother (the original Black Whip) is killed. Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen on the council, is secretly opposed to Idaho becoming a state—because government protection would destroy the system and organization he has constructed—and conducts raids against citizens and settlers alike to prevent order, while keeping his own identity as the organization's leader secret. The town marshal is meanwhile powerless to act outside his jurisdiction beyond the town boundary. Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, as the Black Whip, opposes this scheme to defeat statehood, but one day he is killed after preventing yet another coup. Meredith's sister Barbara, expert with a bullwhip and pistol, dons Randolph's black costume and mask and becomes "The Black Whip" in her brother's place, dealing a blow to Hammond and his gang each time they perform some heinous act in their efforts to keep the town, and their power over it, unchanged.  Aided by recently arrived undercover US government agent Vic Gordon, Barbara (Linda Stirling) as The Black Whip is quite obviously female but, even after a bout of wrestling, the villains do not realise they aren't fighting a man. Some reference is made to this in the script, however, when the villains are trying to determine who the Black Whip's secret identity could be:

        Hammond:  "Barbara Meredith, she's the Black Whip! 
        Baxter:         "She couldn't be! The Black Whip's got to be a man! He's outshot us, outrode                                        us, and outfought us, stopped us at every turn!"

"Hammond orders her taken, but the day is saved when Vic Gordon discovers Barbara's secret and removes her from suspicion by appearing in her costume and overcoming her captors. From this point on, despite relinquishing the costume at her insistence that she must continue as the Black Whip, he tends to assume the hero role while Barbara becomes slightly more of a traditional damsel in distress, even while she still holds her own in successive violent confrontations with Hammond's henchmen, and more than once saves Vic's life. After the town has finally voted on whether or not to accept statehood, most of Hammond's gang are gunned down while attempting to steal the ballot boxes. Hammond escapes, and secretly trails and confronts Barbara in her cave when she removes her mask. He takes aim, but is struck down by the Black Whip's stallion. The reign of terror has ended. Vic remains with Barbara and the marshall to help maintain peace in the territory.

"This serial was put into production, with Linda Stirling as the main star, following the actress' popular performance in The Tiger Woman. Zorro's Black Whip was budgeted at $134,899 although the final negative cost was $145,251 (a $10,352, or 7.7%, overspend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1944. It was filmed between 29 July and 26 August 1944 under the working title "The Black Whip."  The serial's production number was 1495. Despite physically wrestling with her, the villains never realize that the very obviously female Black Whip is a woman. This was one of two 12-chapter serials released in 1944, along with Linda Stirling's serial debut, The Tiger Woman. It had been Republic's standard pattern to produce two 12-chapter serials and two 15-chapter serials each year since 1938 but 1944 was the last year that occurred. In fact, Republic would only produce two more 15-chapter serials, Manhunt of Mystery Island and The Purple Monster Strikes, both in 1945 and both starring Linda Stirling. The surnames of the two lead characters, Meredith and Gordon, are an in-joke referencing two earlier Republic serials. The character Nyoka the Jungle Girl and her father had the surname Meredith in Jungle Girl, but their last name was Gordon in the semi-sequel Perils of Nyoka.

All Volumes:  Directors:  Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet), Wallace Grissell 
                        Cast:          Linda Stirling, George J. Lewis, Lucien Littlefield, Francis                                                     McDonald, Hal Taliaferro, John Merton, John Hamilton, Tom Chatterton, Tom                                     London, Jack Kirk, Jay Kirby, Si Jenks, Stanley Price, Tom Steele, Duke Green,                                   Dale Van Sickel, Roy Brent, Horace B. Carpenter, John L. Cason, Augie Gomez,                                   Fred Graham, Herman Hack, Nolan Leary, Carey Loftin, Cliff Lyons, Jack                                           O'Shea, Post Park, Cliff Parkinson, Marshall Reed, Vinegar Roan, Carl                                                 Sepulveda, Duke Taylor, Forrest Taylor, Ken Terrell, Robert J. Wilke, Bill                                               Yrigoyen


           1.  The Masked Avenger 
           2.  Tomb of Terror 
           3.  Mob Murder 
           4.  Detour to Death 


           5.  Take Off That Mask! 
           6.  Fatal Gold 
           7.  Wolf Pack 
           8.  The Invisible Victim – a re-cap chapter


           9.  Avalanche 
           10. Fangs of Doom 
           11. Flaming Juggernaut 
           12. Trial of Tyranny 

ZORRO RIDES AGAIN (to be released Summer 2017)

Wikipedia:  "Zorro Rides Again (1937) is a 12-chapter Republic Pictures film serial. It was the eighth of the sixty-six Republic serials, the third with a western theme (a third of Republic's serials were westerns) and the last produced in 1937. The serial was directed by William Witney & John English in their first collaboration. The serial starred John Carroll who also sang the title song as a modern descendant of the original Zorro with Carroll stunt doubled by Yakima Canutt. The plot is a fairly standard western storyline about a villain attempting to illicitly take valuable land (in this case a new railroad). The setting is a hybrid of modern (1930s) and western elements that was used occasionally in B-Westerns (such as the western feature films also produced by Republic). It was also the first in a series of five Zorro serials: Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939), Zorro's Black Whip (1944), Son of Zorro (1947) and Ghost of Zorro (1949).  Zorro Rides Again (1937) is a 12-chapter Republic Pictures film serial. It was the eighth of the sixty-six Republic serials, the third with a western theme (a third of Republic's serials were westerns) and the last produced in 1937. The serial was directed by William Witney & John English in their first collaboration. The serial starred John Carroll who also sang the title song as a modern descendant of the original Zorro with Carroll stunt doubled by Yakima Canutt. The plot is a fairly standard western storyline about a villain attempting to illicitly take valuable land (in this case a new railroad). The setting is a hybrid of modern (1930s) and western elements that was used occasionally in B-Westerns (such as the western feature films also produced by Republic). It was also the first in a series of five Zorro serials: Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939), Zorro's Black Whip (1944), Son of Zorro (1947) and Ghost of Zorro (1949).

"Zorro Rides Again was budgeted at $98,110 although the final negative cost was $110,753 (a $12,643, or 12.9%, overspend). It was filmed between 8 September and 5 October 1937.The serial's production number was 423.[Zorro Rides Again was influenced by the Singing Cowboy trend of the time. Carroll's "best moments" in costume were singing (Lyrics include "Zorro rides again into the night...") It was shot in Bronson Canyon, Iverson Movie Ranch, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Angeles National Forest, and Chatsworth, Los Angeles. In the opinion of Cline, one of the most memorable stunt scenes in the history of film serials is shown in Zorro Rides Again. Stuntman Yakima Canutt plays Zorro as he gallops up to the cab of a moving truck and swings from the saddle to its running board. Even a small mistake during this sequence would have been lethal for Canutt.  Zorro Rides Again's official release date is 20 November 1937, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges...."

All Volumes:  Directors:  John English, William Witney

                        Main Cast: Helen Christian, Reed Howes, Duncan Renaldo, Noah Beery,                                                 Richard Alexander, John Carroll, Nigel De Brulier, Bob Kortman, Jack Ingram,                                   Roger Williams, Edmund Cobb, Mona Rico, Tom London, Harry Strang, Jerry Frank
                        Supporting Cast:  Brooks Benedict, Forest Burns, Lane Chandler, Dice (Zorro's                                    Horse), Frank Ellis, Art Felix, Al Haskell, Jack Hendricks, Henry Isabell, Bob                                        Jamison, Ray Jones, Lew Kelly, Jack Kirk, Frank Leyva, Paul Lopez, Murdock                                    MacQuarrie, George Mari, Tony Martelli, Chris-Pin Martin, Frankie Marvin, Frank                            McCarroll, Merrill McCormick, Loren Riebe, Vinegar Roan, Jason Robards Sr.,                                  Hector V. Sarno, Josef Swickard, Al Taylor, Duke Taylor, Ray Teal, Dirk Thane, Rosa                          Turich     


                      1.  Death from the Sky -- Zorro, Joyce and Philip, aboard a train, are bombed from the                            air by El Lobo.
                      2. The Fatal Minute --  Knocked unconscious in a warehouse, Zorro is caught in the                                 detonation of a hidden bomb.
                      3. Juggernaut --   Zorro's foot is caught in the tracks of a railroad, helpless before an                                 oncoming Express Train.

                      4. Unmasked -- Under cover of his heavies' guns, El Lobo reaches to remove Zorro's                                 mask.


                      5. Sky Pirates -- Zorro's plane comes under fire as it taxies for takeoff
                      6. The Fatal Shot -- Fighting Trelliger, Zorro falls to the courtyard. El Lobo pulls a gun                           on the prone vigilante.
                     7. Burning Embers -- Zorro is caught in a burning building when the floor gives way                                beneath him.
                     8. Plunge of Peril -- Attempting to escape on a funicualr railway, Zorro plummets down                            a cliff.


                    9. Tunnel of Terror -- Zorro is trapped atop the carriage of a train as it enters a tunnel -                           which explodes.
                    10.Trapped --  In a rooftop chase, Zorro loses his balance and falls from the skyscraper.
                    11.Right of Way --  Zorro, in a truck, is set for a collision with El Lobo, in a train.


Wikipedia: “Dick Tracy (1937) is a 15-Chapter Republic movie serial starring Ralph Byrd based on the Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould. It was directed by Alan James and Ray Taylor....Dick Tracy's foe for this serial is the crime boss and Masked Mystery Villain The Spider/The Lame One (both names are used) and his Spider Ring. In the process of various crimes, including using his Flying wing and sound weapon to destroy the Bay Bridge in San Francisco and stealing an experimental "Speed Plane", the Spider captures Dick Tracy's brother, Gordon. The Spider's minion, Dr. Moloch, performs a brain operation on Gordon Tracy to turn him evil, making him secretly part of the Spider Ring and so turning brother against brother....Dick Tracy was budgeted at $112,334 although the final negative cost was $127,640 (a $15,306, or 13.6%, overspend). It was the most expensive Republic serial until S O S Coast Guard was released later in the year.It was filmed between 30 November and 24 December 1936 under the working titles Adventures of Dick Tracy and The Spider Ring. The serial's production number was 420.In this serial, Dick Tracy is a G-Man (FBI) in San Francisco rather than a Midwestern city police detective as in the comic strip. Most of the Dick Tracy supporting cast and rogues gallery were also dropped and new, original characters used instead. Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould approved the script despite these changes. There were three sequels to this serial. They were all permitted by an interpretation of the original contract, which allowed a "series or serial". That meant that Dick Tracy's creator, Chester Gould, was only paid for the rights to produce this serial but not for any of the sequels.”

All Volumes:  Directors:  Alan James, Ray Taylor

                        Cast: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette, Lee Van Atta, John Picorri, Carleton                            Young, Fred Hamilton, Francis X. Bushman, John Dilson, Richard Beach,                                                  Wedgwood Nowell, Theodore Lorch, Edwin Stanley, Harrison Greene,
                          Herbert Weber.  

IMDb Storyline: “A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.” 

Wikipedia:   “Cline states that the Dick Tracy serials were "unexcelled in the action field," adding that "in any listing of serials released after 1930, the four Dick Tracy adventures from Republic must stand out as classics of the suspense detective thrillers, and the models for many others to follow." He goes on to write that Ralph Byrd "played the part [of Dick Tracy] to the hilt, giving his portrayal such unbridled, exuberant enthusiasm that the resulting excitement was contagious." Byrd become identified with the character following the release of this serial.The final chapter reunion between Dick and Gordon Tracy, as Gordon lies dying and his memory returns, is "one of the few moments of real emotional drama ever attempted in serials". This added to the human quality of Dick Tracy, which was present in both this serial and Chester Gould's original strip.”

    49 Mins. B&W

    1.   The Spider Strikes (29 min 31s) – The Bay Bridge, under attack from the Spider's sonic weapon,     begins to collapse on top of Dick Tracy.
    2.   The Bridge of Terror (19 min 11s) – The Bridge of Terror: Dick Tracy's plane is damaged by

          gunfire and crashes into a rail bridge.


    3.    The Fur Pirates (20 min 25s) –  Chasing his brother and the Spider Ring by motorboat, Dick

           Tracy is crushed between two moored ships moving closer together.
     4.   Death Rides the Sky (20 min 49s) – Dick Tracy transfers to an unmanned, remote plane to save

          Junior but it is shot down by the Spider Ring.


    5.   Brother Against Brother (19 min 14s) – In a roof-top chase, Gordon shoots his brother Dick,

          sending him into a multi-storey fall.
     6.   Dangerous Waters (16 min 52s) – Dick Tracy's leg is caught in submarine's mooring line, pulling

          him under the waves.
      7.   The Ghost Town Mystery (20 Mins.11s) – Dick Tracy falls into a pit in a mine tunnel. Spider

           Ring thugs take aim.

    8.   Battle in the Clouds (18 min 40s) – Gordon shoots down his brother's plane.
    9.    The Stratosphere Adventure (18 min 00s) – Dick Tracy is knocked unconscious aboard a

           burning, crashing Zeppelin.
    10.   The Gold Ship (18 min 28s) – A steel plate from a ship's hull falls on top of Dick Tracy.

     11.    Harbor Pursuit (16 min 35s) – Dick Tracy's motorboat has its control s shot out by thugs,

              crashing into an oncoming ship.
     12.    The Trail of the Spider (17 min 39s) -- The lights go out, the Spider mark shines on Dick

              Tracy's forehead, several shots are fired.
     13.    The Fire Trap (16 min 45s) – Dick Tracy falls while escaping a burning ship.


     14.    The Devil in White (20 min 35s) – A steel plate from a ship's hull falls on top of Dick Tracy.
     15.   Brothers United (16 min 59s) – Dick Tracy is strapped to an operating table to undergo the

             same brain operation as his brother Gordon.

Wikipedia: “Flash Gordon is a 1936 science fiction film serial. Shown in 13 installments, it was the first screen adventure for the comic-strip character Flash Gordon that was invented by Alex Raymond only two years earlier in 1934. It tells the story of Flash Gordon's first visit to the planet Mongo and his encounter with the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson and Frank Shannon played the central roles. In 1996, Flash Gordon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".”

“The most expensive and elaborate serial of the 1930s (it was budgeted at a then-astronomical $350,000) Flash Gordon proved to be well worth the extra cost and effort, earning millions at the box office, not to mention overwhelmingly positive reviews from such influential publications as Time and Variety. Olympic swimming champ Buster Crabbe stars as virtuous, clean-limned intergalactic adventurer Flash Gordon, while Jean Rogers, clad in a variety of skimpy costumes, trembles and screams convincingly as heroine Dale Arden. Thoroughly dominating the serial's 13 chapters is Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless, the despotic, megalomanic ruler of the planet Mongo. Closely following the continuity of the Alex Raymond comic strip on which it was based, the story begins as the Earth faces imminent destruction at the hands of the maleficent Ming. Kidnapped by brilliant but eccentric scientist Dr. Zharkov (Frank Shannon), Flash Gordon and Dale Arden blast off in Zharkov's rocketship, bound for Mongo. Hoping to negotiate a truce with Ming, Zharkov and Flash are imprisoned by the evil ruler, while poor Dale is prepared for a forced marriage with the libidinous emperor. Several perils later, Flash, Zarkov and Dale befriend King Thun (James Pierce) of the Lion Men and deposed Mongo regent Prince Barin (Dick Alexander), and find an unlikely ally in the form of the portly, winged Vultan (John Lipson) of the Flying City. Meanwhile, Ming steps up his efforts to kill Flash, much to the dismay of his daughter Aura (Priscilla Lawson), who's developed a crush on the handsome earthling. Though its special effects are primitive compared to the brilliant creations of Republic's Lydecker Brothers, Flash Gordon remains an exhilarating experience even today. Understandably, the serial yielded a brace of equally successful sequels, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.” Rotten

IMDb Storyline: “ A rogue planet is 'rushing madly toward the earth.' Impending doom creates worldwide pandemonium. But maverick scientist Dr. Zarkov hopes to stay disaster by travelling to the new planet in his experimental rocket. Two chance-met strangers, athletic Flash Gordon and damsel in distress Dale Arden, go with him. Arrived, the trio find Mongo to be a planet of wonders, warring factions, and deadly perils, its orbit controlled by Emperor Ming who has his own sinister plans for earth. Can our heroes, armed only with science and sex appeal, stop him? 

IMDb Review: “Flash Gordon is, undoubtedly, the best of all American serials. In a date so early as 1936,Universal was capable of making such an entertainment story, and twenty years later when I watched it for the first time as a kid it involved me in a great adventure and emotion. Buster Crabbe was the hero we always wanted to be in our childhood, and Jean Rogers the beautiful girl we always dreamt to be in love with. Dragons, octopus, monsters,gorillas were also the attraction. Charles Middleton was a great presence as Ming, the Merciless....”

All Volumes:  Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor

                        Cast: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson, Frank

                        Shannon, Richard Alexander, Jack 'Tiny' Lipson, Theodore Lorch, Richard Tucker,

                       George Cleveland, James Pierce, Duke York, Muriel Goodspeed, Earl Askam, House

                       Peters Jr., John Bagni, Roy Barcroft, Carroll Borland, Lynton Brent, Don Brodie, Lane

                       Chandle,; Howard Christie, Jim Corey, Ray Corrigan, William Desmond, Al Ferguson,

                       Jerry Frank, Sig Frohlich; Saul A. Goodkind.     


     1. The Planet of Peril (“The planet Mongo is on a collision course with Earth. Dr. Alexis Zarkov                takes off in a rocket ship to Mongo, with Flash Gordon and Dale Arden as his assistants. They                find that the planet is ruled by the cruel Emperor Ming, who lusts after Dale and sends Flash to            fight in the arena. Ming's daughter, Princess Aura, tries to spare Flash's life.”)
     2.  The Tunnel of Terror (“Aura helps Flash to escape as Zarkov is put to work in Ming's laboratory           and Dale is prepared for her wedding to Ming. Flash meets Prince Thun, leader of the Lion Men,           and the pair return to the palace to rescue Dale.”)
     3.  Captured by Shark Men (“Flash stops the wedding ceremony, but he and Dale are captured by               King Kala, ruler of the Shark Men and a loyal follower of Ming. At Ming's order, Kala forces                 Flash to fight with a giant octosak in a chamber filling with water..”) (Synopses: Wikipedia)

     4.  Battling the Sea Beast (“Aura and Thun rescue Flash from the octosak. Trying to keep Flash                   away from Dale, Aura destroys the mechanisms that regulate the underwater city.” 
     5.  The Destroying Ray (“Flash, Dale, Aura and Thun escape from the underwater city, but are                    captured by King Vultan and the Hawkmen. Dr. Zarkov befriends Prince Barin, and they race              to the rescue.”)
     6.  Flaming Torture (“Dale pretends to fall in love with King Vultan in order to save Flash, Barin                  and Thun, who are put to work in the Hawkmen's Atom Furnaces.”) (Synopses: Wikipedia)

     7.  Shattering Doom (“Flash, Barin, Thun and Zarkov create an explosion in the atomic furnaces.”)       8.  Tournament of Death (“Dr. Zarkov saves the Hawkmen's city from falling, earning Flash and                his friends King Vultan's gratitude. Ming insists that Flash fight a Tournament of Death against            a masked opponent, revealed to be Barin, and then a vicious orangopoid.”)
     9.  Fighting the Fire Dragon (“Flash survives the tournament with Aura's help, after she discovers             the weak point of the orangopoid. Still determined to win Flash, Aura has him drugged to make             him lose his memory.”) (Synopses: Wikipedia)

     10.The Unseen Peril (“Flash recovers his memory. Ming is determined to have Flash executed.”) 
     11.  In the Claws of the Tigron (“Zarkov invents a machine that makes Flash invisible. Flash                        torments Ming and his guards. Barin hides Dale in the catacombs, but Aura has her tracked by              a tigron.”)
     12.  Trapped in the Turret (“Aura realizes the error of her ways, and falls in love with Barin. She                    tries to help Flash and his friends to return to Earth — but Ming plots to kill them.”
     13. Rocketing to Earth (“Ming orders that the Earth people be caught and killed, but Flash and his              friends escape from the Emperor's clutches, and Ming is apparently killed in the flames of the                "sacred temple of the Great God Tao". Flash, Dale and Zarkov make a triumphant return to                  Earth.”) (Synopses: Wikipedia)


Wikipedia: “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe is a 1940 American twelve chapter black-and-white science fiction serial film from Universal Pictures, produced by Henry MacRae, directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor, that stars Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles B. Middleton, Frank Shannon, and Roland Drew. The serial was written by George H. Plympton, Basil Dickey, and Barry Shipman and was adapted from Alex Raymond's syndicated newspaper comic strip of the same name. It was the last of the three Universal Flash Gordon serials made between 1936 and 1940. During the 1950s, all three of these Flash Gordon serials were directly syndicated to television, by Motion Pictures for Television, along with many of Universal's other serial output. To avoid confusion with the Flash Gordon TV series airing around the same time, they were retitled Space Soldiers, Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars, and Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe."

"In 1966 Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe was then edited into two feature-length films for television syndication, Purple Death from Outer Space and Perils from the Planet Mongo, by King Features Syndicate. In the early 1970s, a third feature version was edited for the 16mm home movie market, using material from the entire serial, bearing the title "Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe": this later appeared on television during the 1980s. All three feature versions afterward became available, through various public-domain video sellers, on videotape and DVD.In the mid-1970s all three Universal Flash Gordon serials were shown by PBS stations across the US, bringing its iconic hero to a new generation, a full two years before Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind re-ignited interest into a waning science fiction film genre. During the late 1980s, they all became available on videotape, and later DVD, in restored versions (including the original titles) from commercial sources.”

IMDb Storyline: “A mysterious plague, the Purple Death, ravages the earth. Dr. Zarkov, investigating in his spaceship, finds a ship from planet Mongo seeding the atmosphere with dust. Sure enough, Ming the Merciless is up to his old tricks. So it's back to Mongo for Flash, Dale, and Zarkov, this time with ready-made allies waiting: Prince Barin of Arboria and Queen Fria of the frozen northern land of Frigia; where, it so happens, is found polarite, antidote to the plague. But Ming will use all his forces to keep our heroes from thwarting his plans of conquest..."

IMDb Review: “I love and have a great affinity for serials from the golden age of cinema, and this was definitely one of the better ones I have seen. Previously, I had really enjoyed Buster Crabbe's presence in the post-Weissmuller era of Tarzan, and I have had the DVD of Hodges' 1980 'Flash Gordon' for eons, but wanted to first get to the root of the phenomenon by checking out the serials.... the special effects and production values were quite decent--you could tell it had been made both by a high-quality studio, in Universal, and by directors quite used to the serial format, in Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor.There are some goofs (for example, when Ming's henchmen are looking at a mountainside for the four protagonists, and five are shown), but it's action-packed, with interestingly stylized wipe-edits, and I can see how it later influenced the likes of both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. As well, it's very interesting how the filmmakers were subtly able to use the film to offer social commentary to the growing Nazi/Fascist movements worldwide that were wreaking havoc across the globe in the Axis of Evil. Heartily recommended to anyone who enjoys the fun side of cinema.” 

 Contents:  Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But           Ming the Merciless has other plans for them... 

All Volumes:  Directors:  Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor

                        Cast: Buster Crabbe; Carol Hughes; Charles Middleton; Anne Gwynne; Frank                                         Shannon; John Hamilton; Herbert Rawlinson; Tom Chatterton; Shirley Deane; Lee                                 Powell; Roland Drew; Don Rowan; Victor Zimmerman; Edgar Edwards; Ben Taggart;                           Michael Mark; Earl Dwire; Harry C. Bradley; Sigurd Nilssen; Mimi Taylor; Byron                                 Foulger; William Royle; Ernie Adams; Roy Barcroft; Robert Blair; Jean Brooks; Allan                           Cavan; Wheaton Chambers; Lane Chandler; Donald Curtis; Carmen D'Antonio;                                     Harold Daniels; Luli Deste; Paul Douglas.   



                1. The Purple Death! 
                2. Freezing Torture! 
                3. Walking Bombs! 


                4. The Destroying Ray! 
                5. The Palace Of Terror! 
                6. Flaming Death! 


                7. The Land Of The Dead! 
                8. The Fiery Abyss! 
                9. The Pool Of Peril! 
                10. The Death Mist! 
                11. Stark Treachery! 
                12. Doom Of The Dictator! 


G-Men vs. The Black Dragon (1943) is a Republic Pictures movie serial. It is noteworthy among adventure serials as containing an unusually high number of fistfights, all staged by director William Witney and a team of stuntmen. This was Witney's last production before leaving to serve in World War II, he actually shipped out before filming was complete. It also sees Witney's wife, Maxine Doyle, returning to acting for the first time since they met on the set of an earlier serial, S O S Coast Guard (1937). Rod Cameron's characterization of federal agent Rex Bennett was so successful that Republic hurriedly made changes to Cameron's next serial, already in production. It became an unofficial sequel, Secret Service in Darkest Africa, with Cameron's character renamed Rex Bennett, and the feminine lead Joan Marsh becoming a British character, as in G-Men vs. the Black Dragon.”  Wikepedia

IMDb Review: “G-Men vs. the Black Dragon was the first of two serials released in 1943 starring Rod Cameron as Government Agent Rex Bennett. Loaded with action, it is one of the best of Republic's serials. There's at least two knock down drag out fights in every chapter, enhanced by Cameron's athletic prowess, which allowed him to be clearly a part of the fisticuffs (although he is clearly doubled in the more difficult stunts). The story, set during WWII, involves the evil Japanese price Haruchi (Nino Pipitone) and his secret organization The Black Dragon, trying to sabotage American War efforts while planning an invasion of the U.S. Aided by his two henchmen Rango (Noel Cravat) and Lugo (George J. Lewis), The Black Dragon attempts to steal secret plans, blow up strategic installations and the like only to be thwarted at every turn by Bennett and his two assistants (Constance Worth, Roland Got). All of the serial cliches are here, the exploding bridge, cars/trucks going over the cliff, warehouses blowing up, narrow last minute escapes etc. The stuntwork is excellent as always and the special effects created by the Lydecker Brothers are amazing for their time. Director William Witney keeps the action flowing and the fights a coming. Cameron (before going on to bigger and better things) is excellent as Rex Bennett, who just can't seem to stay away from fist fights. Pipitone, Cravat, and Lewis add admirably to Republic's gallery of hissable serial villains. The only weakness in the cast are the wooden performances of Worth and Got as Bennett's assistants. Still and all, G-Men vs. The Black Dragon represents one of the best examples of the lost art of Saturday matinee serials and should not be missed.”

All Volumes:  Directors:  Spencer Gordon Bennet, William Witney
                        Cast: Rod Cameron, Roland Got, Constance Worth, Nino Pipitone; Noel Cravat, George                         J. Lewis;,Maxine Doyle, Donald Kirke, Ivan Miller, Walter Fenner, C. Montague Shaw,                           Harry Burns, Forbes Murray, Hooper Atchley, Robert Homans, Allen Jung, Mary                                   Bayless, Sam Bernard, Virginia Carroll, Edmund Cobb, Bill Cody, John Daheim, Arvon                         Dale, George DeNormand, Eddie Dew, Martin Faust, Charles Flynn, William Forrest,                             Dick French, Paul Fung, Bud Geary, Lawrence Grant, John Hamilton.


            1. Yellow Peril
            2.  Japanese Inquisition
            3. Arsenal of Doom
            4. Deadly Sorcery

            5. Celestial Murder
            6.  Death and Destruction
            7. The Iron Monster
            8. Beast of Tokyo

            9.  Watery Grave
            10. The Dragon Strikes
            11. Suicide Mission

            12.  Dead On Arrival
            13.  Condemned Cargo
            14.  Flaming Coffin
            15.  Democracy in Action 


Wikipedia: “The Painted Stallion is a 1937 Republic movie serial. It was the sixth Republic serial of the sixty-six made by that company. Western serials such as this made up a third of the serials from Republic, a studio that was also heavily involved in making B-Western feature films at the time. This serial saw the directorial debut of William Witney, who would become one of the star directors at Republic....Witney had been working as an editor on earlier serials but made the switch when another director became unable to work due to heavy drinking. [The Plot:] A wagon train travelling from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe means trouble for Alfredo Dupray, his authority from Spain will end with the arrival of a Mexican Governor. He plots to solve this by intercepting a trade agreement, to be negotiated by Clark Stuart on the wagon train, and disrupt Mexico–United States relations. Repeated attacks are thwarted, however, by the appearance of a mysterious Rider on a Painted Stallion who issues warnings with her whistling arrows. With her help Clark Stuart, along with historical characters, Kit Carson, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett work to defeat Dupray. Eventually, they assist the arrival of the United States Cavalry and the treaty is signed, leaving Stuart and the Rider to ride away together.... The serial was filmed between February 10 and March 3, 1937.The serial's production number was 421. The Painted Stallion was budgeted for $102,157 but went over budget by $7007 (6.9%). The final cost of production was $109,164. This made the serial the cheapest republic serial of 1937 and the fourth cheapest of all Republic serials.Portions of the film were shot in the Coachella Valley, California....The Painted Stallion's official release date is 5 June 1937, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges....A 67-minute feature film version, created by editing the serial footage together, was released on 11 February 1938. It was one of fourteen feature films Republic made from their serials....In the early 1950s, The Painted Stallion was one of fourteen Republic serials edited into a television series. It was broadcast in six 26½-minute episodes.....Raymond Stedman describes Thyer as quiet yet impressive and William Nobles is noted for his sweeping camera work. Raoul Krausharr's musical score is a bridge between the "synthetic fusions" of earlier sound serials and the "creative scorings" of his successors at Republic. According to Cline, The Painted Stallion is an outstanding example of the Western "Covered Wagon" (wagon train based) subgenre.”

All Volumes:  Director:    William Whitney

                       Main Cast:     Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Hoot Gibson, LeRoy Mason, Duncan Renaldo,                              Sammy McKim, Hal Taliaferro, Jack Perrin, Oscar and Elmer
                       Supporting Cast:  Julia Thayer, Yakima Canutt, Matson Williams, Duke Taylor, Loren                            Riebe, George DeNormand, Gordon De Main, Charles King, Vinegar Roan


        1.  Trail to Empire – Clark is shot from his horse and falls under the hoofs of attacking Indians.
        2.  Rider of the Stallion – Clark is knocked unconscious while fording a river in a wagon,
        which begins to sink.
        3.  The Death Leap – Escaping on horseback, Clark and the Rider are chased over a cliff
        into a lake.
        4.  Avalanche – An explosion catches Clark in a landslide


        5.  Volley of Death – Clark hides in a cupboard but has been seen - a firing squad opens
        6.  Thundering Wheels – Clark is in a burning wagon full of gunpowder as it falls over 
        a cliff.
        7.  Trail Treachery – Attempting to reign in a runaway stagecoach, Clark falls under their
        8.  The Whistling Arrow – Clark falls into a trapdoor.


        9.  The Fatal Message – Clark and Kit are caught in a burning building.
        10. Ambush – While jumping a ravine, Clark slips from the saddle and falls.
        11. Tunnel of Terror – Dupray's henchmen cause a landslide to fall on Jamison and the
        13. Human Targets 


Wikipedia: “Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936) is a Republic Movie serial starring Ray Mala. It was the fourth of the 66 serials produced by Republic and the last (of four) to be released in 1936. Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island is notable for being the first Republic serial to contain another common aspect of serials - a Re-Cap Chapter, similar to a clipshow in modern television where the events of the previous chapters are repeated via clips (in order to save money). This, contrary to popular belief was not the invention of the concept, which had been routinely used in serial production before the release of this serial....Agent Mala, an intelligence operative, investigates sabotage on the remote Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which Mala is blamed. He convinces the native Princess Melani of his innocence and helps her ward off a takeover by rival High Priest and spy collaborator Porotu and discover the identity of spy ringleader H.K..... Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island was budgeted at $106,779 although the final negative cost was $111,848 (a $5,069, or 4.7%, overspend). It was filmed between August 31 and September 25, 1936 under the working title Robinson Crusoe. The serial's production number was 419. This serial has very little to do with Robinson Crusoe.”

All Volumes:  Directors:  Ray Taylor, Mack V. Wright 
                        Cast:   Mala, Rex - the Wonder Horse, Buck the Dog, Mamo Clark, Herbert
                        Rawlinson, William Newell, John Ward, John Dilson, Selmer Jackson, John
                        Picorri (as John Piccori), George Chesebro, Bob Kortman, George Cleveland,
                        Lloyd Whitlock, Tiny Roebuck, Tracy Layne, Herbert Weber, Anthony Pawley,
                       Allen Connor, Frazer Acosta, Don Brodie, Ed Cassidy, Allan Cavan, Edmund
                       Cobb, Lester Dorr, Val Duran, Frank Ellis, Roscoe Gerald, Henry Hale, Oscar
                       'Dutch' Hendrian, F. Herrick Herrick, David S. Horsley, Jerry Jerome, Cactus
                       Mack, Charles Marsh, Allen Mathews, Ralph McCullough, Charles McMurphy,
                       Bud Osborne, Eddie Phillips, Loren Riebe, Buddy Roosevelt, Jack Stewart,
                       Harry Strang, Henry Sylvester, Al Taylor, Evan Thomas, Larry Thompson, 
                       Francis Walker

            1.  The Mysterious Island – The burning mainmast of the Tuloa falls on Mala.
            2.  Flaming Danger – Mala is captured by natives and forced to fall into a volcano.
            3.  Fathoms Below – While diving, and with the ship above being shelled by a submarine,                              Mala begins to suffocate.

           4.   Into the Enemy's Camp – Mala and Lamar are caught in the explosion of an overheated                          boiler.
           5.  Danger in the Air – The plane carrying Mala crashes into the Pacific 
           6.  The God of the Volcano – Mala and Melani are caught in a landslide
                 caused by an earthquake.
           7.  Trail's End – While escaping from aggressive natives, Mala and Melani
                 slip off a cliff.


          1.  The Jaws of the Beast – With his vine cut, Mala falls into alligator-infested water.
          2.  The Cave of the Winds – While scaling a cliff, Mala is shot at and falls.
          3.  Wings of Fury – Struggling with the pilot of a biplane causes it to crash
                into the Pacific Ocean.
          4.  Agents of Disaster –  Mala's car is forced off the road and over an


         1.  The Sea Trap – Mala and Melani, escaping in a motorboat, are shot at by
              a cannon.
        2.  Mutiny – Mala is caught by gas aboard an airship, which begins to crash.
        3.  Thunder Mountain 


Wikipedia: “S O S Coast Guard is a 1937 Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and in the midst of Byrd's notoriety for the highly popular Dick Tracy serials.  Boroff is a mad scientist who has invented a "disintegrator gas" and plans to smuggle it to his buyers in Morovania. When his ship, the Carfax, gets stranded on outlying rocks in the first chapter, the Coast Guard comes to rescue him. Recognised by the reporters, Jean and Snapper, Boroff runs and kills the pursuing coast guard Ensign Jim Kent, who turns to be Lt Terry Kent's brother. As the gas is made from the rare substances Arnatite (which is radioactive) and Zanzoid, Boroff attempts to acquire more of these materials to create more (including salvaging supplies of arnatite from the sunken Carfax). Hot on his heels are the Coast guard, led by Lt Kent, and the two reporters, with the expert aid of Jean's chemist brother, Dick.  
Eventually Terry finds, and leads a squad against, Boroff's cave-based hideout, with disintegrator gas bombs exploding around them.  S O S Coast Guard was budgeted at $107,217 although the final negative cost was $128,530 (a $21,313, or 19.9%, overspend). It was the most expensive Republic serial of 1937 and the most expensive of all Republic serials until the release of The Lone Ranger in 1938. It was filmed between 10 June and 15 July 1937. The serial's production number was 422. SOS Coast Guard's official release date is 28 August 1937, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges. A 71-minute feature film version, created by editing the serial footage together with some additional scenes shot during the serial's production, including a new shot featuring Bela Lugosi, was released on 16 April 1942. The new scenes involved a substantial plot alteration to feature a made-up chemical, called arnatite, as a deadly explosive in and of itself, and other dialogue to cover continuity gaps arising from the editing.”

All Chapters: Directors:  Alan James, William Witney
                        Main Cast:  Ralph Byrd, Bela Lugosi, Maxine Doyle, Richard Alexander,
                        Lee Ford as Snapper McGree, Reporter
                        Supporting Cast:  Herbert Rawlinson, John Picorri, Lawrence Grant, Thomas Carr,                               Carleton Young, Allen Connor, George Chesebro, Ranny Weeks


        1.  Disaster at Sea: Terry and Thorg fight on a Tramp steamer as it sinks.
        2.  Barrage of Death: Terry is tied up aboard a boat as the Coast guard open fire unawares.
        3.  The Gas Chamber: Terry and Snapper are trapped in a glass cabinet as the Disintegration Gas         melts the room.


        4.  The Fatal Shaft: A freight elevator crashes down onto Terry.
        5.  The Mystery Ship: Whilst attempting to shut them down, Terry is caught in a boiler explosion.
        6.  Deadly Cargo: A water tower, weakened by the Disintegration Gas, collapses on Terry.


        7.  Undersea Terror: While fighting underwater, Thorg cuts through Terry's air line.
        8.  The Crash!: The car carrying Terry, Jean and Snapper plunges down a steep slope after                     Boroff's henchmen shoot out a tyre.
        9.  Wolves at Bay: Terry, Jean and Snapper are caught inside an exploding warehouse.


        10. The Acid Trail: When Terry attempts to rescue Dick Norman from a
         burning truck, the brake line melts and it plunges over a cliff into the sea.
        11. The Sea Battle: Terry is caught by Thorg and pulled into the water to drown.
        12. The Deadly Circle


Wikipedia:“Undersea Kingdom (1936) is a Republic Pictures film serial released in response to Universal's Flash Gordon. It was the second of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. In 1966 scenes from the serial were edited into a 100-minute television film titled Sharad of Atlantis. Following a suspicious earthquake, and detecting a series of signals, Professor Norton leads an expedition, including Lt Crash Corrigan and Reporter Diana Compton, in his Rocket Submarine to the suspected location of Atlantis. Finding the lost continent they become embroiled in an Atlantean civil war between Sharad (with his White Robes) and the usurper Unga Khan (with his Black Robes) who wishes to conquer Atlantis and then destroy the upper world with earthquakes generated by his Disintegrator. Thus he will rule the world unless he can be stopped in time. The star of the serial is Ray "Crash" Corrigan, using that screen name for the first time. The name was created to sound similar to "Flash Gordon", in one of many similarities. Formerly a stunt man — he was the person swinging on vines in Tarzan the Ape Man — Corrigan went on to use this screenname for the rest of his career in serials and B-Westerns.

“The plot revolves around the main character "Crash" Corrigan trying to stop an evil tyrant ruler of Atlantis from conquering the lost continent and then the entire upper world. Lieutenant Crash Corrigan, in his last year at Annapolis, is invited by Billy Norton to visit his father, Professor Norton, after a wrestling match. At their house, the professor is demonstrating his new invention, which can detect and prevent (at short range) earthquakes, to Diana Compton and his theory about regular tremours from the area where Atlantis used to be. When Atlantean tyrant Unga Khan and his Black Robe army turn their Disintegrator beam on St Clair, Professor Norton leads an expedition to investigate. Along with him in his Rocket Submarine are Crash, Diana, three sailors (Briny Deep, Salty, Joe) and their pet parrot Sinbad. Unknown to the expedition until it is underway and in trouble, Billy has stowed away on the Rocket Sub as well. Problems for the expedition begin when Joe, in charge of the engine room, is driven mad by the fear that the submarine cannot survive such depths. In order to prove this, he locks the engine room door and sends the sub into a fatal dive. As soon as this crisis is averted, Unga Khan and Captain Hakur detect their approach and bring them through a tunnel into the Inland Sea with a Magnetic Ray.

Undersea Kingdom was budgeted at $81,924 although the final negative cost was $99,222 (a $17,298, or 21.1%, overspend). It has the lowest budget of any Republic serial but it was only the third cheapest in actual production cost. The serial was filmed between 3 March and 28 March 1936 under production number 417....”

All Volumes:   Directors:  B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane

                          Main Cast:  Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Lois Wilde,  Monte Blue,  William Farnum,                                       Boothe Howard,  Raymond Hatton,  C. Montague Shaw,  Lee Van Atta,  Smiley                                         Burnette, Frankie Marvin 
                          Supporting Cast: Lon Chaney, Jr.,  Lane Chandler,  Jack Mulhall,  John Bradford,

                          Malcolm McGregor, Ralph Holmes,  John Merton, Ernie Smith,  Lloyd Whitlock 


           1.  Beneath the Ocean Floor  – Flying torpedoes cause a landslide and blow Crash and Billy off a                 cliff as they try to escape the Volkites.
           2.  Undersea City – Crash is hit by an atom gun and falls down an elevator shaft.
           3.  Arena of Death –  Crash is dragged behind a chariot.


          4.  Revenge of the Volkites – During a siege, Crash and Moloch fall into the path of a                                    Black Robe cavalry charge.
          5.  Prisoners of Atlantis – Diana is trapped in the brainwashing Transformation                                                Chamber.
          6.  The Juggernaut Strikes - Crash (with Billy on his back) walks a tightrope across a chasm,                        Ditmar snaps the cable with torpedoes.



          7.  The Submarine Trap – Crash is caught an explosion when an arrow hits the cylinders of                             Priming Powder.
          8.  Into the Metal Tower – Crash is tied to the front of the Juggernaut (The Black Robe Tank)

               as it rams the gates of the sacred city.
          9.  Death in the Air  – Death in the Air: The heroes' aircraft is  shot down by Unga


        10. Atlantis Destroyed  – The heroes are caught in the Sacred City under aerial bombardment.
        11. Flaming Death – Crash and Professor Norton are caught in the jets of Unga Khan's rocket                     engines.
        12. Ascent to the Upperworld