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Vintage Movies and TV

Ace Drummond

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Show Name:Ace Drummond
Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:Ace Drummond 04 - The Radio Riddle | Uploaded: Nov 9, 2014
Release History:Episodes: 13 |  Dates: 1936 - 1936
Ace Drummond was an aviation comic strip scripted by Eddie Rickenbacker, the celebrated World War I aviator, and illustrated by Clayton Knight (1891-1969), well-known aviation author and artist, who was the father of illustrator Hilary Knight. In its five-year run, it followed aviator Ace Drummond on his adventures around the world.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, the comic strip ran as a Sunday page from 1935 to 1940. Rickenbacker was a key factor in the promotion of this strip through the formation of Eddie Rickenbacker's Junior Pilots Club, displaying the Ace Drummond characters on buttons distributed to listeners.

In 1936, the strip was adapted into a movie serial. The plot of which is as follows:

A mysterious villain who calls himself The Dragon is attempting to prevent International Airways from beginning service in Mongolia, in order to protect the secret of the mountain of jade for himself. It features a dungeon in the nearby monastery, the kidnapping of an archeologist who stumbles onto the secret, his daughter's attempts to rescue him with Ace's help, a death ray The Dragon uses on the airline pilots, a radio system by which The Dragon communicates with his henchmen via the rotation of Buddhist prayer wheels (each transmission concluding "The Dragon commands!"), and a squadron of his own fighter planes. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Adventures of Robin Hood

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Show Name:The Adventures of Robin Hood
Episodes Available:59
Latest Episode:Robin Hood s1 ep 01 - The Coming of Robin Hood | Uploaded: Nov 23, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Classic Tales
Airing History:Episodes: 143 |  Dates: Sep 25, 1955 - Mar 1, 1959
The Adventures of Robin Hood is a British television series comprising 143 half-hour, black and white episodes broadcast weekly between 1955 and 1959 on ITV. It stars Richard Greene as the outlaw Robin Hood and Alan Wheatley as his nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham. The show followed the legendary character Robin Hood and his band of merry men in Sherwood Forest and the surrounding vicinity. While some episodes dramatised the traditional Robin Hood tales, most episodes were original dramas created by the show's writers and producers.

The Adventures of Robin Hood was produced by Hannah Weinstein, who had left-wing political views. Weinstein hired many blacklisted American writers to script episodes of the series: these included Ring Lardner Jr., Waldo Salt, Robert Lees, and Adrian Scott. Howard Koch, who was also blacklisted, served for a while as the series' script editor. The blacklisted writers were credited under pseudonyms, to avoid the attention of studio executives

Each episode in the first two seasons started with a country scene of faux-normal life in Olde England during which an introductory poem in rhymed cadence to the tune of the English folksong "Early One Morning," which derived from a much later period than the series. The poem was a humorous summary vignette of what could be expected in the episode. An actor portraying the Ministrel would use the same melody at the final fade to black before the end credits for 1st run CBS sponsored screenings in the USA, letting viewers know that the sponsor "now begs a word with you." (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

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Show Name:The Adventures of Sir Lancelot
Episodes Available:20
Latest Episode:The Adventures of Sir Lancelot - 19 Sir Crustabread | Uploaded: Nov 27, 2014
Categories:Classic Tales | Adventure
Airing History:Episodes: 30 |  Dates: Sep 15, 1956 - Apr 20, 1957
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot is a British television series first broadcast in 1956, produced by Sapphire Films for ITC Entertainment and screened on the ITV network. The series starred William Russell as the eponymous Sir Lancelot, a Knight of the Round Table in the time of King Arthur at Camelot.

It is one of the very few British television series ever to have been screened on one of the major broadcast networks in the US (as opposed to on PBS or cable television stations). Its success on NBC led to it becoming the first British television series ever to be produced in colour, the last fourteen of the thirty half-hour episodes being shot on colour stock, although they were seen in colour only in the US.

As was common with other British television series of the time, the programme employed several American screenwriters who had moved to Britain after being placed on the Hollywood blacklist, often under pseudonyms. These included Ian McLellan Hunter and Ring Lardner Jr. The series was made at Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames.

The series debuted in the UK on Saturday 15 September 1956, on London weekend ITV franchise holder ATV, and on the NBC network in the United States nine days later. The last episode was shown on 20 April 1957 in the UK and 16 September 1957 on NBC. It later transferred networks in the US to ABC, who repeated the episodes from October 1957 to September 1958. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Adventures of Smilin' Jack

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Show Name:The Adventures of Smilin' Jack
Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:The Adventures of Smilin' Jack 11 - Held for Treason | Uploaded: Nov 10, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Aviation
Release History:Episodes: 13 |  Dates: 1943 - 1943
The Adventures of Smilin' Jack was an aviation comic strip that first appeared October 1, 1933 in the Chicago Tribune and ended April 1, 1973. After a run of 40 years, it was the longest running aviation comic strip. The strip was created by 27-year-old cartoonist and aviation enthusiast Zack Mosley, who had previously worked on the Buck Rogers and Skyroads strips.

In 1943 Universal created a Smilin' Jack movie serial. Although the serial was based on the strip very little of the original comic strip was used and a new character, Tommy Thompson, was created by Universal. The similarity to Tommy Tomkins, of the Tailspin Tommy stories, may imply a crossover of sorts. The plot of the the 13 part series is as follows:

In 1941, an American aviator, 'Smilin' Jack' Martin wishes to resign as an advisor to the Nationalist Chinese Army in order to return to the United States to enlist as an aviator in America's military buildup prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He is delayed when the Chinese discover that the neutral Tibetan like Mandon "Province" contains a secret road from India to China crucial for the Allied war effort. Determined to obtain the secret for themselves, or equally determined to have the secret destroyed is the Japanese espionage organisation "The Black Samurai" and the German intelligence agent Fräulein von Teufel who masquerades as an American newspaper reporter. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Adventures of William Tell

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Show Name:The Adventures of William Tell
Episodes Available:5
Latest Episode:The Adventures of William Tell - 03 Secret Death | Uploaded: Nov 27, 2014
Categories:Classic Tales | Adventure
Airing History:Episodes: 39 |  Dates: Sep 15, 1958 - Jun 15, 1959
The Adventures of William Tell is a British swashbuckler adventure series, first broadcast on the ITV network in 1958, and produced by ITC Entertainment. In the United States, the episodes aired on the syndicated NTA Film Network in 1958-1959.

The series was produced by Ralph Smart, who wrote a number of stories for the series and also produced Danger Man. The show was made at the National Studios in Elstree. The outdoor scenes were filmed around the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia in the UK.

An accident early occurred to the star, Conrad Phillips, during filming in Snowdonia. He was asked to keep stepping back until he stepped off a 12-foot drop, injuring his knee - which led to his retirement from acting. Phillips had to wear support bandages during filming but sometimes forgot, causing him to struggle with some action scenes.

Though in some ways the same as The Adventures of Robin Hood, a brave bowman fighting against a tyrant, this was a harder show with crossbow bolts killing people and Tell fighting hand-to-hand, which often resulted in the death of the bad guy. Unlike the foppish Sheriff of Nottingham, Gessler was a pig of a man, unshaven, often eating or drinking without manners and throwing his metaphorical as well as literal weight around. The series was repeated well into the 1960s. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Buccaneers

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Show Name:The Buccaneers
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:The Buccaneers - 11 Before the Mast | Uploaded: Dec 2, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Water/Boats | Pirates
Airing History:Episodes: 39 |  Dates: Sep 19, 1956 - Jun 12, 1957
The Buccaneers was a 1956 Sapphire Films television drama series for ITC Entertainment, networked by CBS in the US and shown on ATV and regional ITV companies as they came on air during the infancy of ITV in the UK. Starring Robert Shaw as Dan Tempest, the series, aimed at children, followed the adventures of Tempest and his crew of former pirates as they made their way across the seven seas in The Sultana.

This series was one of very many swashbuckling adventure series produced during the period by or for Lew Grade's ITC.

The series ran for 39 half-hour black-and-white episodes and was produced by Hannah Weinstein and Sidney Cole for Sapphire Films Limited. They were made at Nettlefold Studios at Walton-on-Thames using two studios with seven or eight standing sets. A real schooner was based at Falmouth, Cornwall and a faithful reproduction of part of it in a studio corner.

Rupert Evans, stunt artist, former army teacher of physical training taught Robert Shaw fencing.

Sources report that Robert Shaw was unavailable for the first few episodes, but nevertheless shooting went ahead without him. In the majority of episodes, he is listed as "With" rather than "Starring" in the title sequence, for reasons that are open to speculation. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Burn 'Em Up Barnes

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Show Name:Burn 'Em Up Barnes
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Burn 'Em Up Barnes 09 - The Man Higher Up | Uploaded: Nov 25, 2014
Categories:Automobiles | Crime
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Jun 16, 1934 - 1934
Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1934) is a Mascot movie serial. It was a loose remake of the 1921 film of the same name.

Marjorie Temple, owner of a bus line and an apparently worthless plot of land, is set upon by rich oil speculators who know her land actually is worth millions. When they try to put her out of business for good, young race driver Burn 'em Up Barnes comes to her rescue - again and again and again.

Jack Mulhall stars as Burn 'Em Up Barnes, the racing driver nicknamed the "King of the Dirt Track" and shortly the co-owner of the Temple Barnes Transportation school bus company. Frankie Darro plays Bobbie Riley, Barnes' kid sidekick and ward following his brother's accidental death.

Lola Lane plays Marjorie Temple, owner of the Temple (later Temple Barnes) Transportation school bus company and land with a hidden wealth of oil worth millions. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Captain Video and His Video Rangers

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Show Name:Captain Video and His Video Rangers
Episodes Available:5
Latest Episode:Captain Video and His Video Rangers 1952 - Unknown 1 | Uploaded: Nov 12, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Airing History: Dates: Jun 27, 1949 - Apr 1, 1955
Captain Video and His Video Rangers is an American science fiction television series, which was aired on the DuMont Television Network, and was the first series of its kind on American television.

The series aired between June 27, 1949 and April 1, 1955, originally Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, and then Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET. A separate 30-minute spinoff series, The Secret Files of Captain Video, aired Saturday mornings, alternating with Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, from September 5, 1953 to May 29, 1954 for a total of 20 episodes.

Even for its time, the quality of the show is often considered crude or low-budget, owing much to the fact that the show was done live and DuMont had a meager budget to work with. In the early days of the series, the show featured often incoherent and nonsensical scripts, along with jarring plot shifts to old cowboy movies. This improved after 1952 when scripts were written by major science fiction writers active at the time, including Damon Knight, James Blish, Jack Vance and Arthur C. Clarke. These late scripts displayed more intelligence, discipline and imagination than most of the other children's sci-fi series scripts of the era.

Few special effects were seen on the series until the team of Russell and Haberstroh was hired in September 1952. For the rest of the program's episodes, they provided surprisingly effective model and effects work, prefilmed in 16 mm format and cut into the live broadcast as needed. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Clutching Hand

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Show Name:The Clutching Hand
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:The Clutching Hand: Chapter 07 - The Invisible Enemy | Uploaded: Nov 23, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective | Adventure
Release History:Episodes: 15 |  Dates: 1936 - 1936
The Clutching Hand was produced by the Weiss Brothers and based on the final Craig Kennedy novel of the same name by Arthur B. Reeve. A 70 minute feature film using a condensed version of the serial was also released in the same year as was a radio serial of the same name.

In it, the famous detective (portrayed by Jack Mulhall, who had portrayed the Black Ace in the serial The Mystery Squadron three years before) is assigned to solve the disappearance of Dr. Paul Gironda (Robert Frazer), a scientist who has developed a formula for synthesizing gold but vanishes before he has a chance to reveal it to his board of directors. It was the last Craig Kennedy serial and the only one to be filmed as a talkie. One of the criminals, Hobart, is played by Charles Locher, who is better known nowadays as Jon Hall, and it appears that Gironda is being held prisoner by Craig Kennedy's old foe, the Clutching Hand (a faceless presence apparently played by Bud Geary, an actor who was frequently cast in such roles, and voiced by Robert Frazer).

The serial was based very loosely on Arthur Reeve's final novel and in it, the Clutching Hand has a new secret identity - Dr. Paul Gironda, the very man whom Kennedy is looking for. Having almost exhausted the estate of his young ward Vera, he has come up with the idea of using a fake synthetic gold formula to recoup his losses on the stock market, but just before he disappears, one of his assistants steals the notebook containing the formula. Unable to find it, he fakes his disappearance and goes into hiding, assuming the identity of Craig Kennedy's foe, the Clutching Hand, who was seemingly disposed of in The Exploits of Elaine years before. The fact that the Clutching Hand had a totally different identity in that serial is enough for me to go into detail about his new identity here. Supposedly holding Gironda captive in an induced coma, the Hand demands the missing pages of the gold formula from his wife and "daughter." At the same time as Gironda vanishes, Mitchell - Vera's real father and Mrs. Gironda's first husband - is released from prison after serving a full sentence on a blackmail charge, forcing the Hand to try to dispose of Mitchell before Vera can learn of her true identity. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Dick Tracy

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Show Name:Dick Tracy
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:Dick Tracy 15 - Brothers United | Uploaded: Nov 8, 2014
Categories:Crime | Adventure
Release History:Episodes: 15 |  Dates: Feb 20, 1937 - 1937
Dick Tracy is a comic strip featuring Dick Tracy (originally Plainclothes Tracy), a square-jawed, hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and intelligent police detective. Created by Chester Gould, the strip made its debut on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror. It was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977.

Dick Tracy made his film debut in Dick Tracy (1937), a Republic Pictures movie serial starring Ralph Byrd. The serial 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.

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. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Don Winslow of the Navy

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Show Name:Don Winslow of the Navy
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Don Winslow of the Navy 03 - Weapons of Horror | Uploaded: Nov 10, 2014
Categories:War/Armed Forces | Water/Boats
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: 1941 - 1941
Don Winslow of the Navy was an American comic strip distributed by the Bell Syndicate from 1934 to 1955. The title character was a spychasing Lieutenant Commander in Naval intelligence. The comic strip led to a radio adventure serial that began in 1937, as well as a film serial that began in 1942. Original comics stories also appeared in Fawcett comic books starting in 1943.

The idea for Don Winslow was conceived by Lieutenant Commander Frank V. Martinek USNR, himself a storied veteran of World War I Naval intelligence, after Admiral Wat T. Cluverius complained to him about the difficulties of recruiting in the Midwest. Martinek decided that a comic strip that focused on Naval tradition and courage would educate and fascinate America's youth. He had previously used the character Don Winslow in some novels he wrote, so he had the main concept readymade. Colonel Frank Knox, later Secretary of the Navy helped sell the idea to the Bell Syndicate. The strip gained new meaning with the approach of World War II, which would also affect the serial. The plot of the the 12 part series is as follows:

US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of the islands near Pearl Harbor. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort. He sets out with three assistants to find the mastermind behind the activities ... (Source: wikipedia.org)


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Show Name:Dragnet
Episodes Available:39
Latest Episode:Dragnet s3 ep16 - The Big Thief | Uploaded: Dec 16, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History:Episodes: 276 |  Dates: Dec 16, 1951 - Aug 23, 1959
Dragnet is an American radio, television and picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from the police term "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting.

When television was interested in Dragnet, Webb bucked the prevailing argument that radio staff could not adapt to the new medium. He insisted on hiring actors, writers, and production staff from radio as much as was feasible to work on the television version. This loyalty would endear Webb to many Dragnet colleagues for decades to come, but more important was that it brought continuity between the television and radio series. This made it possible for a busy person to listen to the audio and get the whole story.

Television offered Webb the opportunity to increase realism to a point unmatched by any other program for years. Many early episodes involved cases handled by the Robbery or Homicide Divisions, located in the ground floor of the Los Angeles City Hall. Webb's set designers duplicate the office, including details like the remnant of a notice torn from the bulletin board, leaving only one corner. He insisted that Friday and his partner use badges in the unique shield shape used by LAPD. This led to the loan of LAPD badges, brought in every morning from the Office of the Chief of Police in the care of an officer who acted as technical advisor. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Flash Gordon (Television Series)

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Show Name:Flash Gordon (Television Series)
Episodes Available:6
Latest Episode:Flash Gordon 1955-03-08 - Struggle to the End | Uploaded: Nov 13, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Airing History:Episodes: 39 |  Dates: Oct 15, 1954 - Jul 15, 1955
Flash Gordon is a science fiction television series based on the characters of the Alex Raymond-created comic strip of the same name. Diverging from the storyline of the comics, the series set Flash, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov in the year 3203. As agents of the Galactic Bureau of Investigation, the team travels the galaxy in their ship the Sky Flash, battling cosmic villains under the order of Commander Paul Richards.

The series was filmed in West Berlin and Marseille as a West German, French and American co-production by Intercontinental Television Films and Telediffusion. Shooting got underway in May 1953, with an abandoned beer hall in Spandau serving as the principal shooting location. Among the cast and crew, only the lead actors and director Worsley spoke English. The series was budgeted at $15,000 per episode on a three-day-per-episode shooting schedule.

The series aired in syndication throughout most of the U.S. but also aired on the east coast on the DuMont Television Network. It proved popular with American audiences and critical response, though sparse, was positive. Flash Gordon has garnered little modern critical attention. What little there is generally dismisses the series, although there has been some critical thought devoted to its presentation of Cold War and capitalist themes. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe

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Show Name:Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe 08 - The Fiery Abyss | Uploaded: Nov 8, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Mar 3, 1940 - 1940
Flash Gordon is the hero of a science fiction adventure comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond. First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers strip. Flash Gordon was featured in three serial films starring Buster Crabbe: Flash Gordon (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938), and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
The first Flash Gordon serial remains copyrighted, but the compilation made of the second serial, and the third serial itself are in the public domain.

The plot for Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe is as follows:

A deadly plague is ravaging the Earth, known as the Purple Death because of the spot left on victims' foreheads. Ming the Merciless is suspected to be behind the plague and it is discovered that his spaceships have been dropping "Death Dust" in the Earth's atmosphere. Flash Gordon, along with Dr. Alexis Zarkov and Dale Arden, is sent to the planet Mongo to find a possible cure for the plague. They eventually find an antidote, called polarite in the Kingdom of Frigia. Flash and Zarkov distribute the antidote the same way the original Death Dust was spread. Ming sends an army of robot bombs after the three and he succeeds in capturing Zarkov for a short time before Flash frees him.

The trio continue to battle Ming and his allies. Ming's Captain Torch is the "head villain" of this serial. He is in charge of stopping the Earthlings. Before Flash and his team leaves, they kill Ming by locking him in a tower and crashing a rocket ship loaded with Solarite into it. Prince Barin takes his rightful place as ruler of Mongo. Ming's last words are "I am the universe!". Zarkov announces that Flash Gordon has conquered the universe. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Follow That Man

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Show Name:Follow That Man
Episodes Available:31
Latest Episode:Follow That Man s5 ep05 - Murder in the Rough | Uploaded: Dec 11, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History:Episodes: 122 |  Dates: Oct 7, 1949 - Jun 27, 1954
Man Against Crime (also known as Follow That Man) starring Ralph Bellamy, one of the first television programs about private eyes, ran on CBS, the DuMont Television Network and NBC from October 7, 1949 to June 27, 1954. The show was created by Lawrence Klee and was broadcast live until 1952. The series was one of the few television programs ever to have been simulcast on more than one network: the program aired on both NBC and DuMont during the 1953-1954 television season.

Man Against Crime stars Ralph Bellamy as Mike Barnett, a New York freelance private eye. In the 1951 season, Robert Preston co-starred as Mike Barnett's brother, Pat (who also assumed the lead while Bellamy was on vacation that summer). In the summer of 1956, Frank Lovejoy took over the role of Mike Barnett until the series' end that same year.

The show's first prime-time episode aired on CBS on 7 October 1949, and the final prime-time episode was broadcast, on NBC, on 26 August 1956.

The R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Camel cigarettes) sponsored the series, as well as holding a monetary share in the program and a copyright on the series. Mike Barnett was frequently shown smoking a cigarette (and occasionally flashing a pack at the camera), and at the conclusion of the program, Ralph Bellamy would put on reading glasses and read a list of veterans' hospitals and military bases to which "the makers of Camels" was donating cigarettes that week. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Gang Busters (Serial)

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Show Name:Gang Busters (Serial)
Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:Gang Busters 02 - The Death Plunge | Uploaded: Dec 7, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Release History:Episodes: 13 |  Dates: 1942 - 1942
The 1942 Gang Busters serial made by Universal Studios is based on the radio series Gang Busters.

The city is terrorized by a crime wave masterminded by the elusive, soft-spoken Professor Mortis (Ralph Morgan). Police detective Bill Bannister (Kent Taylor), his partner Tim Nolan (Robert Armstrong), and police chief Martin O'Brien (Joseph Crehan) investigate the activities of Mortis and his gang, and discover that the crimes were all perpetrated by men who had died some time ago. Following the story is journalist Vicki Logan (Irene Hervey) and her photographer 'Happy' Haskins (Richard Davies).

Gang Busters is one of Universal's most elaborate serials, with many chase and thrill scenes expertly staged in outdoor locations. The directors were Ray Taylor, veteran director responsible for many hit serials, and Noel M. Smith, former silent-screen director who specialized in fast action (Smith directed many of Larry Semon's action-filled comedies of the 1920s).

This is mostly a crime film but contains a small science fiction element. The villains, The League of Murdered Men, are all dead criminals killed and revived by Professor Mortis using his own mysterious poison.(Source: wikipedia.org)

Gang Busters (TV Show)

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Show Name:Gang Busters (TV Show)
Episodes Available:11
Latest Episode:Gang Busters - The Phantom Case | Uploaded: Dec 7, 2014
Airing History: Dates: Mar 20, 1952 - Oct 23, 1952
Gang Busters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as 'the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories.' It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by Chevrolet, on July 20, 1935. The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. Joan Banks was a regular cast member

The radio series was adapted for DC Comics and Big Little Books.

Universal Pictures made a very popular Gang Busters movie serial in 1942, starring Kent Taylor, Irene Hervey, Ralph Morgan and Robert Armstrong.

NBC aired a 30 minute television series version in 1952, hosted by Chester Morris. Episodes of the show were later reedited into two feature films, Gang Busters (1955, with Myron Healey as Public Enemy No. 4) and Guns Don't Argue (1957, with Healey as John Dillinger). (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Green Archer

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Show Name:The Green Archer
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:The Green Archer 10 - The Dagger that Failed | Uploaded: Nov 8, 2014
Categories:Masked/Mystery Men | Crime
Release History:Episodes: 15 |  Dates: Oct 1, 1940 - 1940
The Green Archer is the 12th serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was based on Edgar Wallace's 1923 novel The Green Archer, which had previously been adapted into the silent serial of the same name in 1925 by Pathé Exchange.

The struggle over the Bellamy estate ends with Michael Bellamy accused of murder and killed on the way to prison, while his brother, Abel Bellamy, takes control of the estate for his own nefarious plans. Bellamy is using Garr Castle as a base for his jewelry-theft ring, and he kidnaps his brother's wife to keep things quiet. Insurance investigator Spike Holland enters the case, and Bellamy continually dispatches his resident gang to do away with him. Detective Thompson, representing the law, is seldom of any help. Meanwhile, the estate's fabled "Green Archer", a masked, leotard-clad marksman, steals silently through Garr Castle and the estate grounds, confounding the enemy forces.

This serial is an example of a fifteen-episode production that could have been rented for a twelve-episode run, as three episodes use an entirely self-contained subplot concerning the theft of a synthetic radium formula. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Green Hornet Strikes Again!

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Show Name:The Green Hornet Strikes Again!
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:The Green Hornet Strikes Again! 01 - Flaming Havoc | Uploaded: Nov 24, 2014
Categories:Masked/Mystery Men | Crime
Release History:Episodes: 15 |  Dates: Jan 4, 1941 - 1941
The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1941) is a Universal movie serial based on The Green Hornet radio series by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. It is a sequel to the 1940 serial The Green Hornet. This was Universal's 117th serial (the 49th with sound) of the 137 the studio produced. The plot involves racketeering and is unusual for a film serial in having mostly stand alone episodes instead of a continuous story (although this was also the case for the original Green Hornet serial).

The plot is as follows:

Wealthy publisher Britt Reid and his trusted Asian servant disguise themselves as the vigilantes; The Green Hornet, and his faithful servant, Kato as they battle the growing power of a ruthless Crime Lord Boss Crogan and his varied rackets across the city. All of which have strong links to foreign powers... (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Green Hornet

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Show Name:The Green Hornet
Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:The Green Hornet 07 - Bridge of Disaster | Uploaded: Nov 19, 2014
Categories:Masked/Mystery Men | Crime
Release History:Episodes: 13 |  Dates: Jan 9, 1940 - 1940
The Green Hornet is a fictional character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, with input from radio director James Jewell, in 1936. Since his radio debut in the 1930s, the Green Hornet has appeared in numerous serialized dramas in a wide variety of media.

The Green Hornet (1940) is a Universal movie serial based on The Green Hornet radio series by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. Disliking the treatment Republic gave The Lone Ranger in two serials, George W. Trendle took his property to Universal Pictures, and was much happier with the results. The first serial, titled simply The Green Hornet and released in 1940, starred Gordon Jones in the title role, albeit dubbed by original radio Hornet Al Hodge whenever the hero's mask was in place,

The story is as follows:

Newspaper publisher Britt Reid, secretly The Green Hornet, and his Korean valet Kato investigate and expose several seemingly separate rackets. This leads them into continued conflict with the Leader, the criminal mastermind behind the Syndicate and the individual crimes. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Holt of the Secret Service

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Show Name:Holt of the Secret Service
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:Holt of the Secret Service 06 - Deadly Doom | Uploaded: Nov 25, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Release History:Episodes: 15 |  Dates: Nov 21, 1941 - 1941
Holt of the Secret Service (1941) was the 16th serial released by Columbia Pictures. Jack Holt strictly played himself with all the gimmicks he had used at silent and talkie movies still very much in evidence. Producer Larry Darmour felt the serial was made for adults and not children by making it thrilling and logical but never impossible. He also felt that this was the first film with the lead actor's name in the title.

The plot for Holt of the Secret Service is as follows:

A murderous gang of counterfeiters has kidnapped John Severn, the U.S. government's best engraver, who is being held against his will and is forced to print virtually undetectable phony cash. The United States Secret Service sends its toughest agent, Jack Holt, and his female partner Kay Drew after the gang. Holt and his boss Malloy decide to try to pass Holt off as escaped tough guy, Nick Farrel. Masquerading as the bickering Mr. and Mrs. Farrel, Holt and Drew manage to infiltrate the ruthless gang of thugs and the tough talk and action never stops from there on. Holt's hunches lead him to the culprits and into trouble on a canoe ride and in an outlaw camp, as the action moves from the gang's hideout in a lost canyon to a gambling ship on the high seas to a small island country where the gang hopes to escape U.S. extradition.

The brains heavy is a man named Lucky Arnold but he hides behind the facade of one of his loyal henchmen, Quist, to shield himself from the Secret Service, and lets another one of his men, Valden, do most of his dirty work. The island nation has its own pocket dictator who is also trying to rub out our hero. During the 15 episodes, Holt endures numerous brushes with death, emerging from all of them with nary a hair out of place nor a crease in his well-tailored business suit. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Invisible Man

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Show Name:The Invisible Man
Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:The Invisible Man S2 Ep12 - Shadow Bomb | Uploaded: Dec 6, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Crime | Spy/Espionage | Classic Tales
Airing History:Episodes: 27 |  Dates: Spring 14, 1958 - Jul 5, 1959
The Invisible Man (later known as H.G. Wells' Invisible Man) is a British science fiction/adventure/espionage television series that aired on ITV from September 1958 to July 1959. The series was networked on CBS in the United States. It ran for 26 half-hour black-and-white episodes for two series and was nominally based on the novel by H. G. Wells, one of four such television series. The deviation from the novel went as far as changing the main character's name from Dr. Griffin to Dr. Peter Brady who, in this version, remained a sane man, not a power-hungry lunatic as in the book or the 1933 film adaptation. None of the other characters from the novel appeared on the series.

The series follows the adventures of Dr. Peter Brady, a scientist who is attempting to achieve invisibility with light refraction - a completely different technique than the protagonist of the novel utilized. However, the experiment goes wrong and turns him permanently invisible. He is initially declared a state secret and locked up, but eventually convinces the UK government, represented by Sir Charles Anderson, to allow him to return to his laboratory and search for an antidote ("Secret Experiment"). Almost immediately, British Intelligence recruits him for an assignment ("Crisis in the Desert"), but soon security is breached ("Behind the Mask") and he becomes a celebrity ("Picnic with Death"), consequently also using his invisibility to help people in trouble, as well as solve crimes and defeat spies for his country. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Martin Kane, Private Eye

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Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:Martin Kane - Season X Episode XX - Nightclub Murder | Uploaded: Nov 14, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History:Episodes: 120 |  Dates: Sep 1, 1949 - Jun 17, 1954
Martin Kane, Private Eye was an American radio series and television crime series sponsored by United States Tobacco Company. It aired as a radio series from 1949 to 1952 and was simultaneously also a TV series around the same time, until 1954.

William Gargan, Nolan, Tracy, and Mark Stevens played the title role in Martin Kane, Private Eye on live television, airing on NBC Television Network from 1 September 1949 until 17 June 1954. The series, sponsored by United States Tobacco Company, integrated commercials into the detective drama by having Martin Kane enter his favorite tobacco shop where he discussed pipe tobaccos and cigarettes with the tobacconist Happy McMann (Walter Kinsella), before leaving to continue the mystery narrative.

Walter Greaza portrayed Capt. Leonard. Captain Evans was played by Loring Smith, Capt. Burke by Frank M. Thomas, King Calder as Lt. Gray, Sgt. Ross by Nicholas Saunders, and Sgt. Strong by Michael Garrett. Frank Burns produced and directed shows scripted by Harry Kane and Lawrence Young. Charles Paul provided the music. At the start and finish of the show, Kane was shown in shadow, lighting his pipe.

Gargan returned to the role for 39 episodes of the syndicated series The New Adventures of Martin Kane, premiering September 14, 1957, filmed in Europe for United Artists. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Meet Corliss Archer

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Show Name:Meet Corliss Archer
Episodes Available:29
Latest Episode:Meet Corliss Archer - The Personality Test | Uploaded: Nov 16, 2014
Categories:Humor | Leading Ladies
Airing History:Episodes: 39 |  Dates: Apr 2, 1954 - Dec 24, 1954
Meet Corliss Archer, a program from radio's Golden Age, ran from January 7, 1943 to September 30, 1956.

Like many other radio shows, Meet Corliss Archer made the leap to television with live performances in 1951 and 1952, and from 1954 to 1955, as a syndicated television show starring Ann Baker and Mary Brian. One of the show's unique features was the occasional cut to a comic-book-style drawing, with announcer's commentary, that illustrated the current story situation and was used several times during each episode.

Corliss Archer is a lovable blonde teenager delicately balancing her high-school life and relationship with goofy boyfriend Dexter Franklin, and her homelife with parents Harry and Janet Archer.

Meet Corliss Archer was executive produced by Frederick W. Ziv, and produced by ZIV Television Programs. (Source: wikipedia.org)

My Little Margie

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Show Name:My Little Margie
Episodes Available:5
Latest Episode:My Little Margie - Season 4 Episode 30 - Corpus Delicti | Uploaded: Nov 13, 2014
Categories:Humor | Leading Ladies
Airing History:Episodes: 126 |  Dates: Jun 16, 1952 - Aug 24, 1955
My Little Margie is an American situation comedy starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell that alternated between CBS and NBC from 1952 to 1955. The series was created by Frank Fox and produced in Los Angeles, California at Hal Roach Studios by Hal Roach, Jr. and Roland D. Reed.

My Little Margie premiered on CBS as the summer replacement for I Love Lucy on June 16, 1952, under the sponsorship of Philip Morris cigarettes (when the series moved to NBC for its third season in the fall of 1953, Scott Paper Company became its sponsor). In an unusual move, the series-with the same leads-aired original episodes on CBS Radio, concurrently with the TV broadcasts, from December 1952 through August 1955. Only 23 radio broadcasts are known to exist in recorded form.

Set in New York City, the series stars Gale Storm as 21-year-old Margie Albright and former silent film star Charles Farrell as her widowed father, 50-year-old Vern Albright. They share an apartment at the Carlton Arms Hotel. Vern Albright is the vice-president of the investment firm of Honeywell and Todd, where his bosses are George Honeywell (Clarence Kolb) and Todd (George Meader). Roberta (Hillary Brooke) is Vern's girlfriend, and Margie's boyfriend is Freddy Wilson (Don Hayden).

The series was canceled in 1955. Gale Storm went on to star in The Gale Storm Show which ran for 143 episodes from 1956-1960. Zasu Pitts joined Gale Storm in this series too, originally entitled Oh! Susanna. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The New Adventures of Tarzan

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Show Name:The New Adventures of Tarzan
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:The New Adventures of Tarzan 09 - Doom's Brink | Uploaded: Nov 17, 2014
Categories:Jungle | Classic Tales
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: May 21, 1935 - 1935
The New Adventures of Tarzan is a 1935 American film serial in 12 chapters starring Herman Brix. The serial is a more authentic version of the character than most other adaptations, with Tarzan as a cultured and well educated gentleman as in the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. It was filmed during the same period as the Johnny Weissmuller/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Tarzan films. Film exhibitors had the choice of selecting the serial or the episodes edited into two separate films, The New Adventures of Tarzan and Tarzan and the Green Goddess.

Several plot elements bring the characters together in search (and pursuit) of the Guatemalan idol known as The Green Goddess: Tarzan's friend D'Arnot has crash landed in the region and is in the hands of a lost tribe of jungle natives. Major Martling is leading an expedition to find the fabled artefact for a powerful explosives formula hidden within it. Ula Vale's fiancé died in an earlier expedition to rescue the artefact for its archaeological benefit and so she starts one of her own in his honour. Raglan has been sent by Hiram Powers, Ula's lawyer, to steal the valuable idol for himself - in addition to containing the explosives formula, it also holds a fortune in jewels.Tarzan, Ula and Major Martling find the idol and rescue D'Arnot from the natives that worship it in the 70-minute-long first episode.

However, Raglan escapes with the Green Goddess and heads through the jungle for the coast. Tarzan and the others pursue him across the jungle, encountering many perils, including recapture by the natives to whom the idol belonged. The adventures end out at sea where, during a hurricane, they are able to permanently secure the idol while Raglan is killed by another of Powers' agents because of his failures. The murderer perishes when the ship sinks. Returning to Greystoke Manor in England with Tarzan, Ula consigns the explosives formula to fire in the final episode, where she and Tarzan also recount several adventures from the first part of the serial to an assembled party of friends and colleagues. (Source: wikipedia.org)

One Step Beyond

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Show Name:One Step Beyond
Episodes Available:41
Latest Episode:One Step Beyond S3 Ep13 - Legacy Of Love | Uploaded: Dec 6, 2014
Airing History:Episodes: 96 |  Dates: Jan 20, 1959 - Jul 4, 1961
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (also known as One Step Beyond) is an American anthology series created by Merwin Gerard. The original series ran for three seasons on ABC from January 1959 to July 1961.

Created by Merwin Gerard and produced by Collier Young, One Step Beyond was hosted by John Newland, "your guide to the supernatural" (also credited as "Our guide into the world of the unknown"). Newland presented tales that explored paranormal events and various situations that defied "logical" explanation. Unlike other anthology programmers, the ABC network series episodes were presented in the form of straightforward thirty-minute docudramas, all said to be based on true events. Initially, the program included the corporate name of sponsor Alcoa as part of its full title.

One Step Beyond filled the time slot at 10 p.m. Tuesday vacated by the crime/police reality show Confession. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Phantom Creeps

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Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:The Phantom Creeps 05 - Thundering Rails | Uploaded: Nov 23, 2014
Categories:Crime | Spy/Espionage
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Jan 7, 1939 - 1939
The Phantom Creeps is a 1939 serial about a mad scientist who attempts to rule the world by creating various elaborate inventions. In a dramatic fashion, foreign agents and G-Men try to seize the inventions for themselves.

It was the 112th serial released by Universal Pictures and the 44th to have sound. The serial stars Béla Lugosi as the villainous Doctor Zorka with Dorothy Arnold and Robert Kent.

The plot is as follows:

Dr. Zorka, a rogue scientist, is the creator of various weapons of warfare, including a devisualizer belt which renders him invisible; an eight-foot tall slave robot (Ed Wolff), robot spiders that can destroy life or paralyse it and he also has a deadly meteorite fragment from which he extracts an element which can induce suspended animation in an entire army. Foreign spies, operating under the guise of a foreign language school, are trying to buy or mostly steal the meteorite element, while his former partner, Dr. Fred Mallory, miffed that Zorka will not turn his inventions over to the U.S. Government, blows the whistle on him to Captain Bob West of the Military Intelligence Department. Tired of answering the door and saying no to the spies and the government, Zorka moves his lab. When his beloved wife is killed, Zorka, puttering around for his own amusement up to this point, is crushed and swears eternal vengeance against anyone trying to use his creations to make himself world dictator. And would have if not for his assistant Monk, an escaped convict virtually enslaved by Zorka, who is cowardly, treacherous and totally incompetent, and whose accidental or deliberate interference with Zorka's efforts repeatedly frustrates his master's own plans... (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Phantom Empire

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Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:The Phantom Empire 06 - Disaster from the Skies | Uploaded: Nov 25, 2014
Categories:Western | Science Fiction | Western Stars
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Feb 23, 1935 - 1935
The Phantom Empire is a 1935 American Western serial film directed by Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason and starring Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, and Betsy King Ross. This 12-chapter Mascot Pictures serial combined the western, musical, and science fiction genres. This was Gene Autry's first starring role, playing himself as a singing cowboy.

Gene Autry is a singing cowboy who runs Radio Ranch, a dude ranch from which he makes a daily live radio broadcast at 2:00 pm. Gene has two kid sidekicks, Frankie Baxter (Frankie Darro) and Betsy Baxter (Betsy King Ross), who lead a club, the Junior Thunder Riders, in which the kids play at being armored knights of an unknown civilization, the mysterious Thunder Riders who make a sound like

thunder when they ride. The kids, dressing up in capes and water-bucket helmets, play at riding "To the rescue!" (their motto). A chance to become real heroes occurs when Betsy, Frankie, and Gene are kidnapped by the real Thunder Riders from the super-scientific underground empire of Murania, complete with towering buildings, robots, ray-guns, elevator tubes that extend miles from the surface, and the icy, blonde, evil Queen Tika. On the surface, criminals led by Professor Beetson plan to invade Murania and seize its radium wealth, while in Murania, a group of revolutionaries plots to overthrow Queen Tika.

The inhabitants of Murania are the lost tribe of Mu, who went underground in the last glacial period 100,000 years ago, and now live in a fantastically advanced city 25,000 feet below the surface. They cannot now breathe the air at ground level and must wear oxygen masks. (Surface dwellers have no trouble breathing Muranian air.) The Thunder Guard emerges to the surface world from a cave with a huge rock door that swings up like a garage door. Both Muranians and Professor Beetson want to get rid of Autry, so he loses his radio contract and Radio Ranch is vacated. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Phantom

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Show Name:The Phantom
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:The Phantom 07 - The Mystery Well | Uploaded: Nov 23, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Masked/Mystery Men | Crime
Release History:Episodes: 15 |  Dates: Dec 24, 1943 - 1944
The Phantom is a 1943 classic Columbia Pictures cliffhanger serial starring Tom Tyler in the title role. The serial is based on Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom. The serial also features Jeanne Bates as the Phantom's girlfriend Diana Palmer, and Ace the Wonder Dog as the Phantom's trusty German shepherd Devil (who is a wolf in the original comic).

The plot is as follows:

Professor Davidson plans an expedition to find the Lost City of Zoloz. The location of the city is contained on seven pieces of ivory, three of which Davidson already possesses. Doctor Bremmer, however, intends to find the lost city and use it as a secret airbase for his unnamed country. To remove him as an obstacle, he kills The Phantom, only for his recently returned son, Geoffrey Prescott, to inherit the family identity and take over the mantle of The Phantom.

Three of the remaining ivory pieces are owned by Singapore Smith, who initially steals Davidson's pieces. The seventh, and most important, piece is missing at first but turns up in the possession of Tartar (which The Phantom acquires by wrestling Tartar's pet gorilla). (Source: wikipedia.org)

Radar Men from the Moon

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Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Radar Men from the Moon 10 - Mass Execution | Uploaded: Nov 25, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Jan 9, 1952 - 1952
Radar Men from the Moon is a 1952 Republic Pictures' 12-chapter movie serial, the first Commando Cody serial starring newcomer George Wallace as Cody, Aline Towne as his sidekick Joan Gilbert, and serial veteran Roy Barcroft as the evil Retik, the Ruler of the Moon. The director was Fred C. Brannon, with a screenplay by Ronald Davidson, and special effects by the Lydecker brothers. This serial recycles the flying sequences from Republic's earlier 1949 serial King of the Rocket Men. It was later released by Republic in 1966 as the 100-minute television film Retik the Moon Menace.

The odd naming choice of the serial's main hero, "Commando Cody," was possibly an attempt by Republic to make young audiences think they were seeing another adventure of Commander Corry, the hero of the popular ABC TV and radio series Space Patrol (1950-1955). There is, however, no surviving evidence that this was a consideration by anyone at Republic.

The plot for Radar Men from the Moon is as follows:

Commando Cody (George Wallace) is a civilian researcher and inventor with a number of employees. He uses a streamlined helmet and a sonic-powered rocket backpack attached to a leather flying jacket. Cody also uses a rocket ship capable of reaching the Moon. When the U. S. finds itself under attack from a mysterious force that can wipe out entire military bases and industrial complexes, Cody surmises (correctly) that the Earth is coming under attack from our own Moon. He then flies his rocket ship there and confronts the Moon's dictator, Retik (Roy Barcroft), who boldly announces his plans to both conquer Earth and then move the Moon's entire population here using spaceships.

On Earth, Cody battles an elusive lunar warrior named Krog (Peter Brocco) and his gang of human henchmen, hired to steal and stockpile various supplies for the coming invasion. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Return of Chandu

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Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:The Return of Chandu 02 - The House in the Hills | Uploaded: Nov 23, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Superhero
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Oct 1, 1934 - 1934
Béla Lugosi, in a rare sympathetic role, plays Frank Chandler: a powerful but kind man who has spent most of his life in the Orient, where he is renowned under the name of "Chandu the Magician" for his tremendous skill with White Magic. He is in love with the Princess Nadji of Egypt, who has lately escaped to America and is now staying with the Chandler family at their home in Beverly Hills, California. Princess Nadji believes she has left her troubles behind in Egypt, but when the Chandlers hold a party in her honor, she learns that her life is still in jeopardy, as are the lives of her friends. Chandu, presently arriving home from Egypt himself, is pursued by enemies at the airport, and only escapes by using his magic ring. At the party, some shady guests conspire to poison Princess Nadji, and Chandu arrives just in time to snatch the glass of deadly wine out of her hand.

Chandu explains to Nadji what has happened, and why she is in danger. A cult of Black Magic sorcerers, the Sect of Ubasti, have recently recovered the perfectly preserved body of their last high priestess, Ossana. Legend tells that Ossana will one day be resurrected and will rule the "lost continent" of Lemuria again; however, in order to resurrect her, the Ubasti must make a human sacrifice, and the sacrifice must be an Egyptian princess of royal blood. "Princess Nadji is the only living Egyptian princess," says Chandu, "and the Ubasti will stop at nothing." The cult are determined to capture Nadji and sacrifice her to their god.

The twelve chapters of The Return of Chandu follow Chandu and his family (his sister, his nephew, and his niece) on various adventures while they struggle, by both magical and not-so-magical means, to rescue and protect Princess Nadji from the Sect of Ubasti. Their journey brings them finally to the land of Lemuria itself, where Chandu must decide whether he can renounce his love for Nadji in order to save her life. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Sherlock Holmes

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Show Name:Sherlock Holmes
Episodes Available:29
Latest Episode:Sherlock Holmes 10 - The Mother Hubbard Case | Uploaded: Nov 22, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective | Classic Tales
Airing History:Episodes: 39 |  Dates: Oct 18, 1954 - Oct 17, 1955
The first American television series of Sherlock Holmes adventures aired in syndication in the fall of 1954. The 39 half-hour mostly original stories were produced by Sheldon Reynolds and filmed in France by Guild Films, starring Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard) as Holmes and Howard Marion Crawford as Watson. Archie Duncan appeared in many episodes as Inspector Lestrade (and in a few as other characters). Richard Larke, billed as Kenneth Richards, played Sgt. Wilkins in about fifteen episodes. The series' associate producer, Nicole Milinaire, was one of the first women to attain a senior production role in a television series.

Several sets were built in Paris for the street outside 221B Baker Street and the flat itself, both of which were designed by Michael Weight, the same man who built the Festival of Britain 221B exhibit. There were a number of other sets built for a variety of locations and then redressed as necessary.

There was very little location work and most of the series was filmed in the studio with many stock shots giving the impression of London. However, on a few occasions, such as "The Case of the Eiffel Tower", the French filming locations were used. French actors were extensively used in small parts and several affected English accents with varying levels of success.

Many of the episodes were directed by Steve Previn, the brother of composer André Previn. In 1980, Reynolds produced a second Sherlock Holmes TV series, entitled Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Many of the 1954 TV episodes were remade in the second series. (Source: wikipedia.org)


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Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:Superman - The Mad Scientist | Uploaded: Nov 17, 2014
Release History:Episodes: 17 |  Dates: Sep 26, 1941 - Jul 30, 1943
Superman makes his first animated appearance in this series of animated shorts. The pilot and first eight of which were produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942, the final eight were produced by a successor company, Famous Studios from 1942 to 1943. The first cartoon in the series, simply titled Superman, was released on September 26, 1941, and was nominated for the 1941 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. It lost to Lend a Paw, a Pluto cartoon from Walt Disney Productions and RKO Pictures.

The voice of Superman was initially provided by Bud Collyer, who also performed the lead character's voice during the Superman radio series. Joan Alexander was the voice of Lois Lane, a role she also portrayed alongside Collyer. Music for the series was composed by Sammy Timberg, the Fleischers' long-time musical collaborator.

Rotoscoping, the process of tracing animation drawings from live-action footage, was used minimally to lend realism to the character's bodily movements. Many of Superman's actions, however, could not be rotoscoped (e.g., flying, lifting very large objects, etc.). In these cases, the Fleischers' lead animators-many of whom lacked training in figure drawing-animated "roughly" and depended upon their assistants (many of whom were inexperienced animators, but trained figure-drawers) to keep Superman "on model" during his action sequences.

The Fleischer cartoons were responsible for giving Superman the superpower of flight. When the Fleischers started work, Superman could only leap from place to place (hence the classic phrase, "able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"). After seeing the leaping fully animated the Fleischers deemed it "silly looking", and asked Action Comics' (later DC Comics) permission to have him fly instead; the publisher agreed, and wrote the flight ability into the comics. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Tarzan the Tiger

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Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:Tarzan the Tiger - 11 The Jaws of Death | Uploaded: Nov 16, 2014
Release History:Episodes: 15 |  Dates: Oct 1929 - 1929
Tarzan the Tiger (1929) is a Universal movie serial based on the novel Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It stars Frank Merrill as Tarzan, Natalie Kingston as Jane, and Al Ferguson. It was written by Ian McClosky Heath and directed by Henry MacRae.It was considered lost at one time but a copy has since been found.

Tarzan the Tiger was a transitional film with one version released as a silent and the other with a partial soundtrack. The soundtrack only covered music and sound effects, but does include the first Tarzan yell, although it does not sound like the now traditional call that was first used in the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie Tarzan the Ape Man.

The story is as follows:

Lord Greystoke (Tarzan) returns to Africa, with Lady Jane and friend Albert Werper, in order to return to Opar. He needs the treasure of Opar in order to secure his estates in England. Werper, however, is actually interested in the gold himself. He is in league with Arab slave trader Achmet Zek who wishes revenge on Tarzan and Lady Jane for himself. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

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Show Name:Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
Episodes Available:5
Latest Episode:Tom Corbett, Space Cadet 1955-02-26 - Assignment Mercury | Uploaded: Nov 12, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Airing History: Dates: Oct 2, 1950 - Jun 25, 1955
Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett - Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, and other media in the 1950s.

The stories followed the adventures of Corbett, Astro, originally Roger Manning and later T.J. Thistle, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkrooms, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.

Tom Corbett first appeared on television. The stories initially closely followed the scripts written for the unpublished newspaper comic strip Tom Ranger, Space Cadet, by Joseph Greene from 1949.

Tom Corbett is one of only six TV series to appear on all four networks of the time, along with The Arthur Murray Party, Down You Go, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Pantomime Quiz, and The Original Amateur Hour. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Undersea Kingdom

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Show Name:Undersea Kingdom
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Undersea Kingdom 06 - The Juggernaut Strikes | Uploaded: Nov 23, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Water/Boats
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: May 30, 1936 - 1936
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.

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. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Veil

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Episodes Available:10
Latest Episode:The Veil 07 - Destination Nightmare | Uploaded: Dec 6, 2014
Airing History:Episodes: 10 |  Dates: 1958 - 1958
The Veil is an American horror/suspense anthology television series produced in 1958 by Hal Roach Studios.

The series was hosted by Boris Karloff, who also acted in every episode but one, and was allegedly based upon real-life reports of supernatural happenings and the unexplained. Ten of the twelve episodes began and ended with Karloff standing in front of a roaring fireplace and inviting viewers to find out what lies "behind the veil."

Hailed by critics as "the greatest television series never seen" (according to DVD release publicity) The Veil was never broadcast. Troubles within the studio (and the collapse of a preliminary co-production arrangement with National Telefilm Associates) resulted in production being cancelled after only 10 episodes (an additional episode called "Jack the Ripper" had been produced by another studio and was acquired by the Roach Studios; Boris Karloff only introduces the episode). This was considered too few to justify sales to a network or to syndication. In the late 1960s, footage from several episodes was combined to make films that aired on late night television. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Whispering Shadow

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Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:The Whispering Shadow 05 - Wanted for Murder | Uploaded: Nov 25, 2014
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: 1933 - 1933
The Whispering Shadow (1933) is a Serial film, starring Béla Lugosi in his first of five serial roles. Lugosi received $10,000, the highest known salary of his career, for this film. (He also received the same amount for The Mystery of the Marie Celeste aka The Phantom Ship in 1935). The serial was filmed in only 12 days. It was the last film for actor Karl Dane.

The plot for The Whispering Shadow is as follows:

The Shadow in The Whispering Shadow is the underworld mastermind. He has invented a device that allows him to kill by radio control. He, along with several other persons, seeks the Czar's jewels. The series is notable for the constant false clues and decoy actions that make nearly everybody a suspect. Despite being the voice of The Shadow, Lugosi is a red herring.

The cinematography mimicked that of Karl Freund in Universal's Dracula - for example, using close ups of the actors' eyes - in order to take advantage of Bela Lugosi's fame as the star of that film. The shadow of The Shadow is not real; It was drawn in later by animators. The serial was later edited down to a feature length edition (as was common in those days). (Source: wikipedia.org)

Zorro Rides Again

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Show Name:Zorro Rides Again
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Zorro Rides Again 12 - Retribution | Uploaded: Nov 21, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Masked/Mystery Men | Classic Tales
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Nov 20, 1837 - 1937
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 and starred John Carroll as a modern descendant of the original Zorro. 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).

In contemporary (for the 1937 production) California, villain J. A. Marsden aims to take over the California-Yucatan Railroad with the aid of his henchman El Lobo. The rightful owners, Joyce and Phillip Andrews, naturally object. Their parter, Don Manuel Vega summons his nephew, James Vega, to help them as he is the great grandson of the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega. He is disappointed, however, to find that his nephew is a useless fop (presumably Don Manuel had not paid too much attention to his family history).

Nevertheless, James Vega installs himself in the original Zorro's hideout and adopts the Zorro identity to defeat Marsden and El Lobo. This Zorro uses twin pistols and (like the original Zorro) a whip as his main weapons of choice, rather than a more traditional sword. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Zorro's Black Whip

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Show Name:Zorro's Black Whip
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Zorro's Black Whip 03 - Mob Murder | Uploaded: Nov 9, 2014
Categories:Masked/Mystery Men | Classic Tales
Release History:Episodes: 12 |  Dates: Dec 16, 1944 - 1945
Zorro was created in 1919 by New York-based pulp writer Johnston McCulley. He debuted in "The Curse of Capistrano", serialized in five parts in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly. At the denouement, Zorro's true identity is revealed to all. The character has been adapted for over forty films, but this serial is the most tenuous of them all!

Zorro's Black Whip is a 1944 Republic Pictures film serial starring Linda Stirling. The film was made after the popular 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 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 and was filmed between 29 July and 26 August 1944.

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. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Zorro's Fighting Legion

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Show Name:Zorro's Fighting Legion
Episodes Available:12
Latest Episode:Zorro's Fighting Legion 11 - Face to Face | Uploaded: Nov 9, 2014
Categories:Masked/Mystery Men | Classic Tales
Release History: Dates: Dec 16, 1939 - 1940
Zorro's Fighting Legion is a 1939 Republic Pictures film serial consisting of twelve chapters. It features Reed Hadley as Zorro. The plot revolves around his alter-ego Don Diego's fight against the evil Don Del Oro.

A trademark of this serial is the sudden demise of at least one native informant in each episode. The direction was identical for each informant's death, creating a source of unintentional humor: each informant, upon uttering the phrase, "Don Del Oro is ...", is shot by a golden arrow and dies before being able to name the villain's alter ego. The serial is also unusual in featuring a real historical personage, Mexican President Benito Juárez, as a minor character.

The mysterious Don Del Oro ("Lord of Gold"), an idol of the Yaqui Indians, has emerged and attacks the gold trade of the Republic of Mexico, planning to take over the land and become Emperor. A man named Francisco is put in charge of a fighting legion to combat the Yaqui tribe and protect the gold, but he is attacked by men working for Don Del Oro. Zorro comes to his rescue, but it is too late for him. Francisco's partner recognizes Zorro as the hidalgo Don Diego Vega. Francisco asks Diego, as Zorro, to take over the fighting legion and defeat Don Del Oro. (Source: wikipedia.org)
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