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The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

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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.

Cast

Bryant Washburn
as Harry Carlyle
Leyland Hodgson
as Major Rawley
Frank Coghlan Jr.
as Billy Batson
Tetsu Komai
as Chan Lai
Kenne Duncan
as Barnett
Robert Strange
as John Malcolm
Reed Hadley
as Rahman Bear
Tom Tyler
as Captain Marvel
Peter George Lynn
as Dwight Fisher
George Pembroke
as Dr. Stephen Lang
John Davidson
as Tal Chotali
Louise Currie
as Betty Wallace
Harry Worth
as Prof. Bentley
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All Critics (4)

The cliff-hanger serial was great fun.

January 25, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

THE best serial ever made, a true B-movie classic.

September 26, 2005 | Rating: 5/5
Video-Reviewmaster.com

One of the best of all classic cliffhangers.

March 1, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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