Republic Serials

(May 2001)

Serials (or Chapterplays as they were first called and are sometimes still referred to) and popularly known as Cliffhangers, have been around since the silent film era. The Perils of Pauline from 1914, starring Pearl White, is certainly one of the most famous of the silents.

By the late 1930s, serials were action or adventure stories spread out over 12 to 15 chapters. Captain MarvelThey were aimed primarily at children and a chapter would play weekly at local theaters as part of a kiddy morning or matinee show. The end of each episode would leave the hero or heroine in inescapable mortal danger (the "cliffhanger"). The next week's chapter would start with their miraculous escape and the heros would be on to more adventures.

Republic Studio Pictures, under the iron fist of Herbert Yates, became the most popular producer of Serials in the sound era. Nicknamed "The Thrill Factory", from 1935 until 1955 Republic produced more than 60 of the greatest classic Serials ever made. Many of these stories are available on video.

Below is a list of those Republic Serials that have been transferred to opticalThe Mav video (laserdiscs or DVDs). For more detailed information and an exhaustive list of almost every Serial ever made (not just Republic's) please visit The Maverick's exciting page.  (Click Here)


Republic Serials on Laserdisc (LD) or DVD (DVD) or both (LD / DVD)

 

  1. Adventures of Captain Marvel (Mar 1941)- LD / DVD
  2. Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (Aug 1948)
  3. Adventures of Red Ryder (Jun 1940)- DVD
  4. The Black Widow (Jul 1947)
  5. Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders (Jun 1953)
  6. Captain American (Jan 1944)
  7. Commando Cody, Sky Marshal of The Universe (Feb 1953)
  8. The Crimson Ghost (Aug 1946)
  9. Dangers of The Canadian Mounted (Feb 1948)
  10. Daredevils of The Red Circle (Jun 1939)
  11. Daredevils of The West (May 1943)
  12. Darkest Africa (Feb 1936)
  13. Daughter of Don Q (Jun 1946)
  14. Desperadoes of The West (Aug 1950)- LD
  15. Dick Tracy (Feb 1937)- DVD
  16. Dick Tracy Returns (Oct 1938)
  17. Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (Jan 1942)
  18. Dick Tracy’s G-Men (Sep 1939)
  19. Don Daredevil Rides Again (May 1951)
  20. Drums of Fu Manchu (Mar 1940)- DVD
  21. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Jungle Girl (Jun 1941)- DVD
  22. Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. (Nov 1948)
  23. Federal Operator 99 (Jun 1945)
  24. The Fighting Devil Dogs (Jun 1938)
  25. The Fighting Marines: U.S. Marines Follow the Trail of Adventure (Dec 1935)
  26. Flying Disc Man From Mars (Dec 1950)
  27. Ghost of Zorro (Apr 1949)
  28. G-Men Never Forget (Nov 1947)
  29. G-Men vs. the Black Dragon (Dec 1942)- LD
  30. Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion (Aug 1951)- LD
  31. Haunted Harbor (Aug 1944)
  32. Hawk of The Wilderness (Dec 1938)
  33. The Invisible Monster (Jun 1950)
  34. The James Brothers of Missouri (Oct 1949)- LD
  35. Jesse James Rides Again (Jun 1947)- LD
  36. Jungle Drums of Africa (Dec 1952)
  37. King of The Carnival (May 1955)
  38. King of The Forest Rangers (Feb 1946)
  39. King of The Mounties (Oct 1942)
  40. King of The Rocket Men (Jun 1949)- LD
  41. King of The Texas Rangers (Oct 1941)- LD
  42. The Lone Ranger (Mar 1938)
  43. The Lone Ranger Rides Again (Feb 1939)
  44. Man with The Steel Whip (Jul 1954)
  45. Manhunt in The Africa Jungle (Aug 1943)- LD
  46. Manhunt of Mystery Island (Jan 1945)- LD
  47. The Masked Marvel (Nov 1943)
  48. Mysterious Doctor Satan (Dec 1940)
  49. Nyoka and The Tigermen (Jun 1942)- LD
  50. The Painted Stallion (Jun 1937)- LD / DVD
  51. Panther Girl of The Kongo (Jan 1955)- LD
  52. Perils of The Darkest Jungle (May 1944)- LD
  53. The Phantom Rider (Oct 1945)
  54. The Purple Monster (Aug 1945)
  55. Radar Men from The Moon (Jan 1952)- LD / DVD
  56. Radar Patrol vs. Spy King (Jan 1950)
  57. Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (Nov 1936)- LD
  58. S.O.S. Coast Guard (Sep 1937)- LD / DVD
  59. Son of Zorro (Jun 1947)- LD
  60. Spy Smasher (Apr 1942)
  61. Trader Tom of The China Seas (Jan 1953)
  62. Undersea Kingdom (May 1936)- LD / DVD
  63. The Vigilantes Are Coming (Oct 1936)
  64. Zane Grey’s King of The Royal Mounted (Sep 1940)
  65. Zombies of The Stratosphere (Jul 1952)- LD
  66. Zorro Rides Again (Dec 1937)- LD
  67. Zorro’s Back Whip (Nov 1944)- DVD
  68. Zorro’s Fighting Legion (Dec 1939)- LD / DVD

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