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Old 04-04-2015, 07:56 AM   #1
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Republic presents the most outstanding serial of all time! The Adventures Of Captain Marvel!

I've been a fan of the old serials for many years. Overall, Republic made the best. The FX, by the Lydecker Brothers, was ahead of it's time. The Captain Marvel serial ranks right up there, although it didn't follow the comic book to the letter. It is worth watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmf6HcXBdbY
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you ever read anything about the history of captain marvel. if not, it can make for some interesting reading. I am going to have to watch some of those youtube serials thanks for the link.

on a side note, you ever listen to any of the old radio shows from the same period?
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That one was 11 years old by the time I was born......my mother was 10 when it was made......

I'll have to check on the series.....I do like older movies and often check Turner Classic Movies to see what's on. Universal made some good movies back then.....Hammer is another good one.
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you ever read anything about the history of captain marvel. if not, it can make for some interesting reading. I am going to have to watch some of those youtube serials thanks for the link.

on a side note, you ever listen to any of the old radio shows from the same period?
Oh yeah, I've read a lot about Capt. Marvel. How he outsold Superman, how he was so popular, he was published twice a month... My uncle worked for Fawcett, and he'd bring over runs to us kids.

Yep, I'm a fan of oldtime radio, or OTR as it's known. Got quite a collection of those shows. Liked mostly westerns, suspense, weird...
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There were several serials made based on comic book characters. Spy Smasher, two Batman, two Superman, Blackhawk. Spy Smasher is excellent.

The inspiration for The Rocketeer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X21OJhiSV8
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Yep, I'm a fan of oldtime radio, or OTR as it's known. Got quite a collection of those shows. Liked mostly westerns, suspense, weird...
I don't listen to much OTR but I'm sure I could find plenty on YouTube. One of my regular channels on TV is Encore Classic Westerns......many of the shows were aired when I was 7 years old.......
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I didn't like TV westerns much. There were some exceptions, like "The Wild, Wild West".

The Rocketman serials, the preview of the first is above, were popular enough that three were made, and a TV show. The sequels were "Radar Men From The Moon" and "Zombies Of The Stratosphere", in which Leonard Nimoy had a bit role. Only problem is the name of the hero was changed in each. The most famous is probably Commando Cody, who was the hero in "Radar Men" and the TV show.

The most expensive serial that was filmed was the first Flash Gordon. Cost as much as a lot of feature films of that era. Universal spared no expense. It even had a grand opening in New York, not as a Sat. afternoon matinee opener, but billed as the feature for the Sat. night movie. Reviews of the time called it "Spectacular", "Outstanding", "Like Nothing That's Been Seen Before", etc. Of course, by today's standards, the FX were crude. It's still decent to watch, though. It was straight from the comic strip.
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