The Adventures of Captain Marvel

The Adventures of Captain Marvel

Tom Tyler
Director: John English, William Witney Cast: Tom Tyler
Tom Tyler
, Frank Coghlan Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr.
John English, William Witney,


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The Adventures of Captain Marvel is a 12-episode Republic serial based on the comic book character of the same name. Young Billy Batson (Frank Coghlan Jr.) is part of a scientific expedition in a remote section of Siam. Trapped in an ancient tomb, Billy happens upon an ancient shaman acronymically named Shazam (each letter in his name stands for a famous Greek or Roman god). Because Billy has obeyed the warnings written on the sacred chamber, the old man rewards the boy with the ability to turn into superhero Captain Marvel (Tom Tyler). Billy can make the transformation only by uttering the word "Shazam!"--which explains why the script, for suspense purposes, contrives to have Billy bound and gagged at crucial moments. Young Batson finds that his alter ego comes in handy in determining the identity of "the Scorpion," a member of the expedition who plans to kill his colleagues after learning the secret hiding places of the components of a super-weapon called the Golden Scorpion. A well-above-average Republic entry, The Adventures of Captain Marvel is distinguished by the eye-popping stunt work of David Sharpe and by Captain Marvel's utterly convincing flying scenes, courtesy of special-effects maestros Howard and Theodore Lydecker.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827527120
Original Release: 1941
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 13,559

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Tyler Captain Marvel
Frank Coghlan Billy Batson
William Benedict Murphy
Louise Currie Betty Wallace
Robert Strange John Malcolm
Harry Worth Prof. Bentley
Bryant Washburn Harry Carlyle
John Davidson Tal Chotali
George Pembroke Dr. Stephen Lang
Peter George Lynn Dwight Fisher
Reed Hadley Rahman Bear
Jack Mulhall Howell
Kenne Duncan Barnett
Nigel de Brulier Shazam
John Bagni Cowan
Carleton Young Martin
Leyland Hodgson Major Rawley
Stanley Price Owens
Ernest Sarracino Akbar
Tetsu Komai Chan Lai

Technical Credits
John English Director
William Witney Director
Morris Braun Art Director
Hiram S. Brown Producer
Ronald Davidson Screenwriter
Cy Feuer Score Composer
Norman Hall Screenwriter
Arch B. Heath Screenwriter
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Bob Mark Makeup
William Nobles Cinematographer
Joseph F. Poland Screenwriter
Sol Shore Screenwriter
William P. Thompson Editor
Edward Todd Editor
Al Wilson Production Manager

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The Adventures of Captain Marvel [Serial] 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up watching Captain Marvel in the 70's, but I'm also a fan of the serials and this is no doubt the best of the serials. Believe the hype! My children absolutely LOVE this movie and request it daily. We've yet to tire of it. The plot is unique, the flying scenes are very cool, the acting is great considering the era and the target audience, and the digital restoration was nicely done. The price is right too! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is one of the all-time great serials. But the special thing about this version is its technical quality. Don't be fooled by the low price. This is a super-sharp DVD transfer, much better than the videotape version and superior to many of the $30 serials available from other outfits. Let's hope more are to come.
voicez More than 1 year ago
Great fun and good quality video. One of the best old time serials.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The box of this DVD says that it's the greatest serial ever made. For once, the hype just might be true; I was very skeptical, but this really might be the greatest serial ever made. It's loads of fun, even if it's not very faithful to the comic-book version of the SHAZAM!/ Captain Marvel character. Fun, fun, FUN!!!
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