Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941)
THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN CARTOONLAND BECOMES THE STRONGEST MAN ON THE SCREEN! All others pale in the light of this human fortress who finds no barrier too great in his amazing fight for justice.
IMDb Rating 7.8 (301 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
William Benedict
Jr. Frank Coghlan
Louise Currie Betty Wallace
Tom Tyler Captain Marvel
William "Billy" Benedict
Frank Coghlan
Frank Coghlan Jr. Billy Batson
William 'Billy' Benedict Whitey Murphy
Robert Strange John Malcolm
Harry Worth Prof. Luther Bentley
Bryant Washburn Harry Carlyle [Ch. 1-3]
The Greatest Serial of All Time!

Considered by many to be the finest serial ever made, The Adventures of Captain Marvel chronicles the exploits of "The World's Mightiest Mortal" as he combats the Scorpion, a hooded villain intent on obtaining six optical lenses that turn ordinary stones into gold! Highlighting the serial were the fabulous flying sequences by Republic's ace special effects team, Howard and Theodore Lydecker. Combining a wired dummy photographed against real backgrounds in natural sunlight, with spectacular take-off leaps and landings supplied by action ace, David Sharpe, the final effects are still as fascinating today as they were in 1941. The Adventures of Captain Marvel marked the very first time a comic book superhero's exploits were transferred to the silver screen, and the resulting 12 chapters have yet to be equaled in excitement and entertainment.
Movie Details
Genre Comic; Family
Republic Pictures
Movie Release Date 1941
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 216 mins
Color Black And White
Features Scene Index
Director John English; William Witney
Writer Bill Parker; C.C. Beck
Cinematography William Nobles
Producer Hiram S. Brown Jr.
User Credit 1 William P. Thompson; Edward Todd
Musician Cy Feuer
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 017153146202
Release Date 12/12/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 490
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Based On Comic Book, Scorpion, Mutant, Death Ray, Comic Strip
Also Known As:
Captain Marvel
Return of Captain Marvel (USA) (reissue title)

Filming Locations:
Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA (more)

Superman was originally considered for this project, however, when National Periodical Publications (now known as DC Comics) turned Republic down, the producers made the offer to Fawcett Comics for their top character and was accepted. (more)

Continuity: In chapter 10, Billy Batson, wearing a raincoat and life jacket over his suit, changes to Captain Marvel. When he changes back to Billy, the raincoat and life jacket are gone. (more)

[first lines]
[sound of a huge gong omninously echoes down the valley]
Billy Batson: What's that, Mr. Howell?
Howell [Ch. 1]: I don't know, Billy - let's find out. What do you make of that cymbal, Malcolm?
John Malcolm: I don't know, Howell. Does it mean anything to you, Tal Chotali?
Tal Chotali: The men of the hills are gathering. The cymbal says that the white men are to be driven from the Valley of Tombs.

Movie Connections:
Referenced in West Side Story (1961) (more)

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