Pulp Magazine Adaptations

These live-action feature films, TV series and serial films are based on the pulp magazines, also collectively known as pulp fiction, refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s.
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1.
The Stolen Heirlooms (1915 Short Film)
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A detective is drugged with flowers and tied to a sawmill while saving an ex-gambler from a jewel theft charge.
Director: Charles Raymond
 
2.
The Mark of Zorro (1920)
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A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed. (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
3.
The Further Exploits of Sexton Blake: The Mystery of the S.S. Olympic (1920)
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A detective saves the kidnapped daughter of an inventor murdered for his formula.
Director: Harry Lorraine
 
4.
Unseen Foes (1922 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Alex Hall
 
5.
Doddington Diamonds (1922 Short Film)
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Director: Jack Denton
 
6.
A Game of Graft (1922 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
7.
The Last Call (1922 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
8.
The Spirit of Evil (1922 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
9.
Don Q Son of Zorro (1925)
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Don Cesar, son of Zorro, is framed for murder while visiting Spain, and becomes the whip-wielding outlaw Don Q. (111 mins.)
Director: Donald Crisp
 
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The Bold Caballero (1936)
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The Commandant is making life rough for the colonials in Spanish California. While trying to help, Zorro is charged with the murder of the new Governor, but in the end he triumphs over the evil Commandant. (67 mins.)
Director: Wells Root
 
13.
The Shadow Strikes (1937)
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Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office... (61 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shores
 
14.
Zorro Rides Again (1937)
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The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists... (212 mins.)
 
15.
Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (1938)
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Sexton Blake and Tinker foil criminal plot connected with the Tongs, and master-minded by "famous stamp collector" and millionaire. (70 mins.)
Director: George King
 
16.
The Spider's Web (1938)
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A crime fighter known as The Spider battles a villain called The Octopus, who is out to sabotage America and install his own government. (300 mins.)
 
17.
International Crime (1938)
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Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper... (62 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
 
18.
Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)
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The masked hero leads a fighting force to fight a villian who plots the conquest of The Republic of Mexico. (212 mins.)
 
19.
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
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Detective Nick Carter is brought in to foil spies at the Radex Airplane Factory, where a new fighter plane is under manufacture. (59 mins.)
 
20.
The Shadow (1940)
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The Shadow battles a villain known as The Black Tiger, who has the power to make himself invisible and is trying to take over the world with his death ray. (285 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
21.
Sky Murder (1940)
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A body is found in a locked airplane compartment and a German female refugee is a suspect. Passenger detective Nick Carter is convinced she didn't do it and works to solve the mysterious murder. (72 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
22.
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
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A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California. (94 mins.)
 
23.
Phantom Raiders (1940)
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An insurance company tasks Carter and Beeswax to Panama as cargo ships are mysteriously exploding and sending their valuable cargoes to the bottom with all hands. (70 mins.)
 
24.
The Spider Returns (1941)
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The evil and masked "Gargoyle" is sabotaging all of America's industrial plants. It is up to the Spider to save the country. (300 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
25.
Zorro's Black Whip (1944)
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Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idaho becoming a state... (211 mins.)
 
26.
Meet Sexton Blake! (1945)
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Famous detective and his trusty side-kick Tinker are called in by the War Office to find some important... (80 mins.)
Director: John Harlow
 
27.
The Echo Murders (1945)
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The police are investigating the suspicious death of a mine owner when they stumble upon a strange Nazi plot to invade England. (75 mins.)
Director: John Harlow
 
28.
The Shadow Returns (1946)
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People are literally flying off balconies to their deaths as Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, tries to make sense out of a confusing jumble of murders... (61 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
29.
Blackmail (1947)
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A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment executive to stop a blackmail scheme against him... (67 mins.)
Director: Lesley Selander
 
30.
Son of Zorro (1947)
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A man returning home after having fought in the Civil War discovers that corrupt politicians have taken... (100 mins.)
 
31.
Ghost of Zorro (1949)
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It's 1865 and the telegraph is heading west. George Crane, wanting to keep law and order out of his territory... (167 mins.)
Director: Fred C. Brannon
 
32.
The Shadow (1954 Short Film)
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Lamont Cranston, a psychiatrist on retainer to the police department, is asked to assist in the Case of the Cotton Kimono murder investigation... (25 mins.)
Director: Charles Haas
 
33.
Zorro (1957 TV Series)
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Don Diego de la Vega opposes the corrupt tyrants of Spanish California as the masked swordsman, Zorro. (30 mins.)
 
34.
The Sign of Zorro (1958)
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In this film, edited from eight episodes of Disney's hit TV series, Don Diego returns home to find his town under the heel of a cruel dictator... (91 mins.)
 
35.
Invisible Avenger (1958)
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Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow, investigates the murder of a New Orleans bandleader. (60 mins.)
 
36.
Zorro, the Avenger (1959)
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Compiled from six episodes of the original Disney Zorro series, this film has El Zorro, "The Fox," battling Jose Sebastian Varga, "The Eagle," a corrupt dictator set on taking control of all of Spanish California. (91 mins.)
Director: Charles Barton
 
37.
Murder at Site 3 (1959)
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(67 mins.)
Director: Francis Searle
 
38.
Biggles (1960 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Derek Bennett
 
39.
Nick Carter and Red Club (1965)
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Nick Carter, the French counterpart of James Bond, tries to recover some stolen nuclear missiles. (90 mins.)
 
40.
Sexton Blake (1967 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
41.
Adventures of Nick Carter (1972 TV Movie)
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Detective discovers that a colleague's death is tied into the disappearance of a wealthy playboy's wife. (73 mins.)
Director: Paul Krasny
 
42.
The Mark of Zorro (1974 TV Movie)
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In the 1840s, the foppish Don Diego de la Vega returns from Spain to his family in California to find... (78 mins.)
Director: Don McDougall
 
43.
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
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Doc and the Amazing Five battle Captain Seas and "the green death" for control of a fabulous resource. (112 mins.)
 
44.
Sexton Blake and the Demon God (1978 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
45.
Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981)
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Mexico, 1840s. When the new Spanish Governor begins to grind the peasants under his heel, wealthy landowner... (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
46.
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
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A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy. (129 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
47.
Zorro and Son (1983 TV Series)
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Twenty five years after defending the people of California, Zorro has fallen a victim of age. The people are still being oppressed... (30 mins.)
 
48.
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
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Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess. (103 mins.)
 
49.
Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)
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Daring British WWI fighter pilot James "Biggles" Bigglesworth and 1980s low-level business executive Jim Ferguson discover that they can time travel to each other's eras. They try to stop the Germans from changing the outcome of WWI. (108 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
50.
Zorro (1990 TV Series)
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In nineteenth century Spanish California, heroic masked swordsman Zorro, who's actually a local nobleman, must protect his friends and small town (or pueblo) of Los Angeles from its corrupt magistrate (or alcalde) and other menaces. (30 mins.)
 
51.
Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective (1990 Video)
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Sent to keep an eye on a studio head's girlfriend at a Northern California film shoot, hardboiled P.I... (92 mins.)
 
52.
The Shadow (1994)
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In 1930's New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb. (108 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
53.
Kull the Conqueror (1997)
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An barbarian warrior becomes a king when he defeats a king in armed combat and the king's heir conspire to overthrow him and reclaim the throne by resurrecting an evil sorceress. (95 mins.)
Director: John Nicolella
 
54.
Conan (1997 TV Series)
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TV series featuring the mythical barbarian. (43 mins.)
 
55.
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
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A young thief, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who also pursues vengeance of his own. (136 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
56.
Queen of Swords (2000 TV Series)
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A young woman, returns to her home in California after her father's mysterious death. There, she becomes a symbol, the queen of swords, fighting for justice and trying to right the wrongs the colonel has done. (30 mins.)
 
57.
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
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Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
58.
Solomon Kane (2009)
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A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil. (104 mins.)
 
59.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
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A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy. (113 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
 
60.
John Carter (2012)
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Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior. (132 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
 
61.
The Legend of Conan (????)
The plot is unknown at this time.
 
62.
Doc Savage (????)
Doc Savage, the man of bronze, was raised from childhood by a team of scientists to become the original "super" hero of the 1930s. A man of great mental and physical strength, he went around the world battling larger than life villains.
Director: Shane Black