Classic Movie Serials

by CG | created - 15 Sep 2013 | updated - 07 Aug 2016 | Public

Serials, more specifically known as Movie serials, Film serials or Chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film.

They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.

Also known as "chapter plays", they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called "chapters" or "episodes". Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little apparent chance of escape.

Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.

Serials were especially popular with children and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century a typical Saturday at the movies included a chapter of at least one serial along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films.

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1. The Shadow (1940)

Approved | 285 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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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.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Victor Jory, Veda Ann Borg, Roger Moore, Robert Fiske

Votes: 175

2. Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)

Approved | 269 min | Action, Adventure

7.4
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The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Henry Brandon, William Royle, Robert Kellard, Gloria Franklin

Votes: 225

3. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

Approved | 211 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.2
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Using a diabolical disguise, Harry Crowel embarks on a vengeful career of destruction...opposed by three heroic daredevils.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Charles Quigley, Bruce Bennett, David Sharpe, Carole Landis

Votes: 152

4. The Spider's Web (1938)

Passed | 300 min | Crime, Action, Drama

7.3
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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.

Directors: James W. Horne, Ray Taylor | Stars: Warren Hull, Iris Meredith, Richard Fiske, Kenne Duncan

Votes: 88

5. Red Barry (1938)

Not Rated | 256 min | Action

7.0
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A famous detective sets out to discover who stole $2 million in bonds.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Alan James | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Frances Robinson, Edna Sedgewick, Cyril Delevanti

Votes: 33

6. The Return of Chandu (I) (1934)

208 min | Horror, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Maria Alba, Clara Kimball Young, Lucien Prival

Votes: 199

7. The Three Musketeers (1933)

Approved | 210 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he tries to wipe out the Foreign Legion.

Directors: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Francis X. Bushman Jr., John Wayne

Votes: 304

8. The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand (I) (1936)

Passed | 305 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.3
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A scientist discovers a formula for making synthetic gold.

Director: Albert Herman | Stars: Jack Mulhall, Rex Lease, Mae Busch, Ruth Mix

Votes: 72

9. Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936)

Approved | 256 min | Adventure, Romance

6.5
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A 14-episode serial in which Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence investigates sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which our ... See full summary »

Directors: Ray Taylor, Mack V. Wright | Stars: Mala, Rex, Buck the Dog, Mamo Clark

Votes: 78

10. The Fighting Marines (1935)

Approved | 216 min | Action, Adventure

6.4
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Corporal Larry Grant and Sergeant "Mac" McGowan, of the United States Marine Corps, are rival for the love of Frances Schiller, but team up to hunt down "The Tiger Shark," a mad, scientific... See full summary »

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane | Stars: Grant Withers, Adrian Morris, Ann Rutherford, Robert Warwick

Votes: 45

11. Young Eagles (1934)

Approved | 228 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.2
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Two Boy Scouts win an around-the-world trip with a crack aviator, and find themselves crash-landed in the South American jungles after the ace forgets to refuel in Ecuador.

Directors: Edward Laurier, Vin Moore, Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Bobby Cox, Jim Vance, Carter Dixon, Iron Eyes Cody

Votes: 24

12. The Shadow of the Eagle (1932)

Passed | 218 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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The Eagle uses sky writing to make threats against a corporation. Nathan Gregory owns a traveling fairground and is thought to be the Eagle. Craig McCoy is a pilot who goes looking for the Eagle when Gregory turns up missing.

Directors: Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: John Wayne, Dorothy Gulliver, Walter Miller, Kenneth Harlan

Votes: 273

13. The Hurricane Express (1932)

Passed | 227 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.6
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When his father is killed in a train wreck, Larry Baker vows to unmask a mysterious criminal called "The Wrecker," who has targeted the L&M Railroad for deadly" accidents."

Directors: J.P. McGowan, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Tully Marshall, Conway Tearle, John Wayne, Shirley Grey

Votes: 426

14. Jungle Jim (1937)

Approved | 232 min | Adventure

6.7
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Two safaris enter the African jungle intent on finding a white girl who is the heiress to a fortune. One safari, led by Jungle Jim, wants to make sure she gets the news that she is now a ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: Grant Withers, Betty Jane Rhodes, Raymond Hatton, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 72

15. The Galloping Ghost (1931)

Passed | 226 min | Adventure, Crime, Sport

5.8
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A gambling ring run out of the Mogul Taxi company is intent on fixing college football games. Football star Harold "Red" Grange is a target for the gamblers, whose thugs try to eliminate ... See full summary »

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Harold 'Red' Grange, Dorothy Gulliver, Tom Dugan, Gwen Lee

Votes: 111

16. Hawk of the Wilderness (1938)

Approved | 213 min | Adventure

7.5
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An expedition arrives on an uncharted jungle island to rescue the local natives, led by a jungle boy, from a volcano that is about to erupt.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Bruce Bennett, Mala, Monte Blue, Harley Wood

Votes: 50

17. Darkest Africa (1936)

Approved | 269 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.6
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A 15-episode serial in which Beatty goes to darkest Africa to rescue the Goddess of Joba, who is being held by the high priest.

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane | Stars: Clyde Beatty, Manuel King, Elaine Shepard, Lucien Prival

Votes: 78

18. The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)

Approved | 204 min | Adventure

7.2
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The US marine corps must battle a would-be world conqueror who uses electricity as a weapon.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Lee Powell, Bruce Bennett, Eleanor Stewart, Montagu Love

Votes: 75

19. Perils of Pauline (1933)

Approved | 231 min | Adventure

6.1
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A famous scientist and his beautiful daughter travel to Indochina to find an ivory disc that has the formula for a deadly gas engraved on it. An evil doctor and his gang are also looking for it.

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Evalyn Knapp, Craig Reynolds, James Durkin, John Davidson

Votes: 88

20. The Last of the Mohicans (1932)

231 min | Action, Adventure

6.3
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Natty Bumppo, known as Hawk-Eye, is a frontiersman in the American wilderness. Together with his Indian friends Chingachgook and Uncas, he fights battles against nefarious white soldiers as... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Harry Carey, Hobart Bosworth, Frank Coghlan Jr., Edwina Booth

Votes: 88

21. Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)

Passed | 212 min | Action, Western

7.3
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The masked hero leads a fighting force to fight a villian who plots the conquest of The Republic of Mexico.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Reed Hadley, Sheila Darcy, William Corson, Leander De Cordova

Votes: 315

22. Zorro Rides Again (1937)

Approved | 212 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists hoping to force its sale; no one can prove their connection to profiteer Marsden.... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Helen Christian, Reed Howes, Duncan Renaldo, Noah Beery

Votes: 216

23. Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery (1935)

Passed | 236 min | Adventure, Action

6.8
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A 12-episode serial in which Tailspin Tommy evades volcanoes, anti-aircraft shells, and time bombs as he foils a plan by corrupt profiteers to steal an island's oil reserves.

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Clark Williams, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr., Delphine Drew

Votes: 31

24. Secret Agent X-9 (1937)

Approved | 294 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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A secret agent goes after the gang that stole the crown jewels of a European monarchy.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: Scott Kolk, Jean Rogers, David Oliver, Monte Blue

Votes: 52

25. The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936)

Approved | 219 min | Adventure

6.8
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A 12-episode serial in which scholastic sports star Frank Merriwell leaves school to search for his missing father. His adventures involve a mysterious inscription on a ring, buried ... See full summary »

Directors: Clifford Smith, Lew Landers | Stars: Donald Briggs, Jean Rogers, John 'Dusty' King, Carla Laemmle

Votes: 21

26. Ace Drummond (1936)

Approved | 255 min | Adventure, Action

7.1
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This 13 chapter serial is based on the comic strip character Ace Drummond created by Eddie Rickenbacker. Ace is a 'G-Man of the sky' working out of Washington D.C. He is sent to Mongolia to... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: John 'Dusty' King, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr., Guy Bates Post

Votes: 335

27. The Adventures of Rex and Rinty (1935)

Approved | 229 min | Action, Adventure

6.2
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A 12 episode serial starring Rex, the King of the Wild Horses and Rin-Tin-Tin, Jr. Rex is brought from the island of Sujan, where he is worshiped as a God-Horse, to the U.S. to be trained ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Rex, Rin Tin Tin Jr., Kane Richmond, Norma Taylor

Votes: 54

28. Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939)

Passed | 302 min | Action, Mystery, Crime

7.0
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A mad doctor named Zanoff uses a drug to bring himself back from the dead after his execution in prison. Dick Tracy sets out to capture Zanoff before he can put his criminal gang back together again.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Irving Pichel, Ted Pearson, Jennifer Jones

Votes: 252

29. The Phantom (1943)

Passed | 299 min | Action, Adventure

7.2
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Professor Davidson and his niece Diana Palmer search Africa for the Lost City of Zoloz, reputed to be the source of a large hidden treasure. Also searching is a local crook, Singapore Smith... See full summary »

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Tom Tyler, Jeanne Bates, Ernie Adams, John Bagni

Votes: 288

30. Dick Tracy Returns (1938)

Approved | 260 min | Action, Romance

7.3
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Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lynne Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker

Votes: 299

31. Burn 'Em Up Barnes (I) (1934)

Passed | 210 min | Action, Adventure

6.6
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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... See full summary »

Directors: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Jack Mulhall, Frankie Darro, Lola Lane, Julian Rivero

Votes: 45

32. Dick Tracy (1937)

Approved | 290 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette, Lee Van Atta

Votes: 475

33. The Lost Jungle (I) (1934)

243 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.0
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Animal trainer Clyde Beatty heads a rescue party in search of his girl, Ruth, and her father who get lost looking for an uncharted island. His dirigible crashes into the jungles of the ... See full summary »

Directors: David Howard, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Clyde Beatty, Cecilia Parker, Syd Saylor, Warner Richmond

Votes: 167

34. Shadow of Chinatown (I) (1936)

Not Rated | 281 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.4
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A madman sets out to destroy a group of Chinatown merchants.

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters

Votes: 171

35. The Phantom Empire (1935)

Approved | 245 min | Musical, Sci-Fi, Western

6.4
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When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried ... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross, Dorothy Christy

Votes: 356

36. The Phantom Creeps (1939)

Approved | 265 min | Sci-Fi

4.6
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A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold, Edwin Stanley

Votes: 677

37. Buck Rogers (1939)

Approved | 237 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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A 20th Century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Jack Mulhall

Votes: 638

38. Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | 299 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, Frederick Stephani | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon

Votes: 691

39. The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 263 min | Western

7.5
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Homesteaders are moving into the valley settled many years ago by rancher Craig Dolan. He wants to keep them out by legal means but his nephew Bart brings in outlaws to drive them out. The ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Robert Livingston, Chief Thundercloud, Silver Chief, Duncan Renaldo

Votes: 78

40. The Vigilantes Are Coming (1936)

Approved | 229 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.6
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A masked hero called "The Eagle" leads California ranchers in a struggle against Russian Cossacks who are plotting to take over California and turn it into a Russian colony.

Directors: Ray Taylor, Mack V. Wright | Stars: Robert Livingston, Kay Hughes, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 50

41. The Painted Stallion (1937)

Approved | 212 min | Western

6.6
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The period is the 1820's and the first wagon train leaves Independence heading west to Santa Fe. In order to maintain his power, the ruthless Official at Santa Fe must not let them arrive ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor, William Witney | Stars: Ray Corrigan, Hoot Gibson, LeRoy Mason, Duncan Renaldo

Votes: 128

42. The Oregon Trail (1939)

Passed | 320 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.7
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Wagon trains are not making it to Oregon and Jeff Scott has been sent to investigate. Morgan, the representitive of an eastern syndicate, controls the fur trade and does not want the area ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Louise Stanley, Fuzzy Knight, Bill Cody Jr.

Votes: 29

43. Law of the Wild (1934)

Passed | 225 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.6
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Rex, a wild stallion, and Rinty, a police dog, are pals. Their master , John Sheldon, is framed for murder, and Alice Ingram plans to race Rex for money to pay for John's legal defense. ... See full summary »

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Rex, Rin Tin Tin Jr., Ben Turpin, Bob Custer

Votes: 47

44. The Devil Horse (1932)

Passed | 216 min | Western

6.7
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Bob Norton, seeking his brother's killer, tangles with outlaws, wild horses, and a "wild" boy.

Director: Otto Brower | Stars: Harry Carey, Noah Beery, Frankie Darro, Apache

Votes: 25

45. The Lightning Warrior (1931)

Passed | 250 min | Adventure, Western

6.3
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A Rin-Tin-Tin serial presented in 12 episodes. The mysterious Wolf Man is terrorizing settlers in a western town. With the help of Rinty, young Jimmy Carter unmasks the Wolf Man and foils ... See full summary »

Directors: Benjamin H. Kline, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Frankie Darro, Hayden Stevenson, George Brent

Votes: 53

46. The Lone Defender (1930)

217 min | Western, Action, Adventure

5.7
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A prospector is murdered by The Cactus Kid and his gang, who hope to find the murdered man's goldmine. The miner's dog, Rin-Tin-Tin, recognizes the killers, who thereafter seek to use the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Walter Miller, June Marlowe, Josef Swickard

Votes: 38

47. Custer's Last Stand (I) (1936)

Approved | 328 min | Adventure, History, Romance

4.5
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When some men are attacked by Indians, a survivor obtains an Indian medicine arrow. An Indian tells Blade he has found gold but will not tell him where until he has that arrow. So Blade ... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Rex Lease, Lona Andre, William Farnum, Ruth Mix

Votes: 171

48. Mystery Mountain (1934)

Approved | 223 min | Adventure, Western

7.3
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Ken Williams is determined to discover the identity of the mysterious Rattler, who preys upon railroads and transportation companies like that owned by Jane Corwin. The Rattler is ... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Ken Maynard, Tarzan, Verna Hillie, Syd Saylor

Votes: 56

49. Fighting with Kit Carson (1933)

Passed | 250 min | Western

6.7
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A pack train led by Kit Carson is attacked by Kraft and his Mystery Riders, who want a government shipment of gold carried by the wagons. Matt Fargo manages to hide the gold, but Carson ... See full summary »

Directors: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Betsy King Ross, Noah Beery, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 40

50. The Vanishing Legion (1931)

220 min | Action, Western, Adventure

7.1
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A mysterious master criminal known as The Voice plots with his gang to sabotage the Milesburg Oil Company, but the rightful heir has a secret army of her own to protect her rights.

Directors: Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Rex the Wonder Horse, William Desmond

Votes: 44

51. The Phantom of the West (1931)

Passed | 172 min | Romance, Western

6.3
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A young man's father is murdered and the man convicted of the crime escapes prison, leaving a note intimating that seven local men know the real killer's true identity. The murdered man's ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Tom Tyler, William Desmond, Tom Santschi, Dorothy Gulliver

Votes: 35

52. Rustlers of Red Dog (1935)

Approved | 231 min | Western

7.4
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Three friends make a journey across the West and come up against rustlers, Indian attacks and outlaw gangs.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Joyce Compton, Raymond Hatton, Walter Miller

Votes: 25

53. Flaming Frontiers (1938)

Approved | 298 min | Action, Western

6.9
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Tom Grant has found a rich gold vein and Bart Eaton is after it. Tom's sister Mary heads for the gold fields and Eaton and his men follow. Eaton teams up with Ace Daggett who plans to ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Eleanor Hansen, John Archer, William Royle

Votes: 37

54. The Lone Ranger (1938)

Approved | 264 min | Western

7.1
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CHAP. 1, HI YO SILVER: An outlaw leader planning to take control of Texas after the Civil War kills Colonel Jeffries, a man empowered to levy taxes, and assumes his identity. His men then ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Silver King the Horse, Chief Thundercloud, Lynne Roberts, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 143

55. Battling with Buffalo Bill (1931)

Passed | 217 min | Romance, Western

5.8
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A western adventure serial in 12 episodes. Buffalo Bill battles gambler Jim Rodney who is trying to scare off the townspeople so he can gain possession of a gold strike discovered in the ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Tom Tyler, Lucile Browne, William Desmond, Rex Bell

Votes: 33

56. Gang Busters (1942)

251 min | Crime

7.2
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Detective Lt.Bill Bannister has the assignment to run down an unknown gang of terrorists spreading a net of crime over the city. Aiding him is Detective Tim Nolan, news photographer Vicki ... See full summary »

Directors: Noel M. Smith, Ray Taylor | Stars: Kent Taylor, Irene Hervey, Ralph Morgan, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 58

57. The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)

Approved | 265 min | Action, Adventure, War

7.5
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Just before World War II, the Chinese and American governments mount a joint operation to prevent the Germans and Japanese from taking over the strategic island of Mandon.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Tom Brown, Rose Hobart, Edgar Barrier, Marjorie Lord

Votes: 292

58. Congo Bill (1948)

Approved | 270 min | Adventure, Action

7.3
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A girl is about to inherit a fortune, but she is missing in Africa. Only then, family charges Congo Bill, an adventurer, to find her, and bring her back to civilization. He follows a legend about some White Queen, but his path is full of difficulties, by an inhospitable jungle, and the man who will lose the fortune if the girl is found alive.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr | Stars: Don McGuire, Cleo Moore, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley

Votes: 43

59. Sky Raiders (1941)

Passed | 227 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Enemy spies try to steal a new fighter plane.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Donald Woods, Billy Halop, Robert Armstrong, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 169

60. Riders of Death Valley (1941)

Approved | 283 min | Action, Western

6.4
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Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Buck Jones, Charles Bickford

Votes: 46

61. Junior G-Men of the Air (1942)

Approved | 225 min | Action, Adventure, War

6.2
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A group of street kids battle a terrorist gang led by a Japanese spy.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Billy Halop, Gene Reynolds, Lionel Atwill, Frank Albertson

Votes: 43

62. Junior G-Men (1940)

Approved | 240 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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A gang of street kids work with the FBI in their attempt to find and rescue their leader's father, a scientist who has been kidnapped by a terrorist group.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 62

63. Sea Raiders (1941)

Approved | 229 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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The Dead End Kids go after a gang known as the Sea Raiders, which is sinking Allied shipping.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 39

64. King of the Texas Rangers (1941)

Approved | 215 min | Adventure, Western

7.6
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Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Sammy Baugh, Neil Hamilton, Pauline Moore, Duncan Renaldo

Votes: 44

65. Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940)

Approved | 267 min | Adventure, Action, Crime

7.2
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A mad scientist plots the domination of America and only the masked hero, The Copperhead, can stop him.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Eduardo Ciannelli, Robert Wilcox, William Newell, C. Montague Shaw

Votes: 158

66. The Crimson Ghost (1946)

Approved | 167 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.1
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A criminal mastermind known as the Crimson Ghost is out to steal a device called the Cyclotrode, which can short-circuit all electrical currents on the planet.

Directors: Fred C. Brannon, William Witney | Stars: Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling, Clayton Moore, I. Stanford Jolley

Votes: 285

67. Perils of Nyoka (1942)

Approved | 261 min | Action

7.2
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It's intrepid Nyoka and her friends versus Vultura, Queen of the Desert, on a quest for the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore, William 'Billy' Benedict, Lorna Gray

Votes: 116

68. Radar Patrol vs. Spy King (1949)

Approved | 167 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.8
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The war lords of a potential enemy of the US has the spy ring, led by John Baroda, the Spy King and his aide Nitra, sabotaging the plans for a vast defense system of radar stations along ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Brannon | Stars: Kirk Alyn, Jean Dean, Anthony Warde, George J. Lewis

Votes: 160

69. The Secret Code (1942)

Approved | 275 min | Action, Drama

7.9
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A superhero known as The Black Commando battles Nazi agents who use explosive gases and artificial lightning to sabotage the war effort.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Paul Kelly, Anne Nagel, Trevor Bardette, Rudolph Anders

Votes: 37

70. Spy Smasher (1942)

Passed | 215 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Kane Richmond, Marguerite Chapman, Sam Flint, Hans Schumm

Votes: 194

71. The Spider Returns (1941)

Approved | 300 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.8
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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.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Warren Hull, Mary Ainslee, Dave O'Brien, Joseph W. Girard

Votes: 215

72. The Masked Marvel (1943)

Passed | 197 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A superhero called The Masked Marvel battles Japanese saboteurs intent on blowing up America.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: William Forrest, Louise Currie, Johnny Arthur, Rod Bacon

Votes: 123

73. The Tiger Woman (1944)

Approved | 196 min | Adventure, Thriller

7.3
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Greedy oil speculators, led by Morgan, are trying to force Tiger Woman and her band of warriors from their jungle home. Allen Saunders of Inter-Ocean Oil wants to develop the oil, too, but fights with Tiger Woman to stop the bad guys.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell | Stars: Allan Lane, Linda Stirling, Duncan Renaldo, George J. Lewis

Votes: 86

74. Captain America (1944)

Approved | 244 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

Directors: Elmer Clifton, John English | Stars: Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill, Charles Trowbridge

Votes: 578

75. The Monster and the Ape (1945)

Passed | 295 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.2
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At the Bainbridge Research Foundation, Professor Franklin Arnold, displays his creation, the Metalogen Man, a robot, to Professor Ernst and three other colleagues. Shortly afterward, the ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Robert Lowery, George Macready, Ralph Morgan, Carole Mathews

Votes: 42

76. Batman (1943)

Approved | 260 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson

Votes: 1,497

77. The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940)

Approved | 293 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.2
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A wealthy publisher uses a disguise and calls himself the Green Hornet to fight crime in his city.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Warren Hull, Wade Boteler, Anne Nagel, Keye Luke

Votes: 267

78. The Green Hornet (1940)

Approved | 258 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A newspaper publisher and his Korean servant fight crime as vigilantes who pose as a notorious masked gangster and his aide.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Gordon Jones, Wade Boteler, Keye Luke, Anne Nagel

Votes: 385

79. Zorro's Black Whip (1944)

Approved | 211 min | Western

6.7
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Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idaho becoming a state, and kills Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, for endorsing it. ... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell | Stars: George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling, Lucien Littlefield, Francis McDonald

Votes: 161

80. Winners of the West (1940)

Approved | 247 min | Western

6.7
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One of the writers of this serial, George H. Plympton, dusted the story off and re-sold it to Sam Katzman for a Columbia 1951 serial called "Roar of the Iron Horse". "Winners of the West" ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Dick Foran, Anne Nagel, Tom Fadden, James Craig

Votes: 35

81. Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)

Approved | 243 min | Action, Adventure, War

7.4
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An American secret agent travels to Africa to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Rod Cameron, Joan Marsh, Duncan Renaldo, Lionel Royce

Votes: 59

82. The Green Archer (1940)

Approved | 285 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.7
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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.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Victor Jory, Iris Meredith, James Craven, Robert Fiske

Votes: 103

83. Jungle Girl (1941)

Passed | 267 min | Adventure

7.1
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Dr. John Meredith has been driven from civilization by the criminal activities of his twin brother Bradley Meredith. With his infant daughter, he settles in the African jungle, where his ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Frances Gifford, Tom Neal, Trevor Bardette, Gerald Mohr

Votes: 150

84. Jungle Queen (1945)

Approved | 219 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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A young girl journeys to Africa to find her father, an explorer who vanished in the jungle.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Edward Norris, Eddie Quillan, Douglass Dumbrille, Lois Collier

Votes: 43

85. Raiders of Ghost City (1944)

Approved | 225 min | Action, Adventure, History

6.4
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During the latter stages of the Civil War, a gang of supposed Confederates, headed by Alex Morel (Lionel Atwill), raid all gold shipments destined for Washington from Oro Grande, California... See full summary »

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Dennis Moore, Wanda McKay, Lionel Atwill, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 31

86. Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948)

Approved | 156 min | Action, Adventure

5.5
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Crooks discover a Genghis Khan treasure ship on the Canada-Alaska border but the treasure is hidden somewhere on land. In their efforts to find the hidden treasure they resort to murder and... See full summary »

Directors: Fred C. Brannon, Yakima Canutt | Stars: Jim Bannon, Virginia Belmont, Anthony Warde, Dorothy Granger

Votes: 107

87. King of the Royal Mounted (1940)

Approved | 211 min | Action, Adventure

7.4
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Canadian Tom Merritt has discovered a substance, Compound X, that will cure infantile paralysis, which he extracts from a mine at Caribou, Canada. A country at war with Canada (unnamed ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Allan Lane, Robert Strange, Robert Kellard, Lita Conway

Votes: 65

88. King of the Mounties (1942)

Approved | 196 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.8
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The chapter-crunched version of this 196 minutes, 12-episode serial from Republic finds Canada being bombed mercilessly by a mysterious-enemy plane (shaped like a boomerang) called the ... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Allan Lane, Gilbert Emery, Russell Hicks, Peggy Drake

Votes: 22

89. Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945)

Approved | 243 min | Crime, Action, Drama

7.0
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Chapter 1 finds Daily Flash newspaper reporter Brenda Starr (Joan Woodbury), and her photographer, Chuck Allen (Syd Saylor), assigned to cover a fire in an old house where they discover the... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Joan Woodbury, Kane Richmond, Ernie Adams, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 45

90. Ghost of Zorro (1949)

Approved | 167 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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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, is out to stop the construction. The engineer on the job is Ken Mason and he ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Brannon | Stars: Clayton Moore, Pamela Blake, Roy Barcroft, George J. Lewis

Votes: 97

91. Hop Harrigan America's Ace of the Airways (1946)

Approved | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Hop Harrigan (William Bakewell) and his pal "Tank" Tinker (Sumner Getchell) operate a small airport and flying service, and are hired by J. Westly Arnold (Emmett Vogan) to fly an eccentric ... See full summary »

Director: Derwin Abrahams | Stars: William Bakewell, Jennifer Holt, Robert 'Buzz' Henry, Sumner Getchell

Votes: 32

92. The Iron Claw (1941)

Approved | 289 min | Crime

6.5
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Miserly old Anton Benson once recovered a treasure in gold from a sunken Spanish galleon, and in his greed murdered anyone who got in his way of keeping it. Now his family is gathered at ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Charles Quigley, Joyce Bryant, Forrest Taylor, Walter Sande

Votes: 30

93. Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Approved | 220 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.1
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Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 935

94. Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943)

Approved | 245 min | War, Action, Drama

6.3
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A Coast Guard officer is assigned to protect the coastline from spies, saboteurs and enemy agents.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Don Terry, Walter Sande, Elyse Knox, Philip Ahn

Votes: 31

95. Jack Armstrong (1947)

Not Rated | 279 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy, battles the evil Dr. Grood, who has placed a death ray aboard his spaceship orbiting Earth.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: John Hart, Rosemary La Planche, Claire James, Joe Brown Jr.

Votes: 37

96. Secret Agent X-9 (1945)

Approved | 246 min | Action, Adventure

6.8
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American, Chinese and Australian agents join forces to stop the Nazis from obtaining the formula for synthetic fuel.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Keye Luke, Jan Wiley, Victoria Horne

Votes: 59

97. Tex Granger: Midnight Rider of the Plains (1948)

Approved | 270 min | Action, Western

6.9
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When Tex Granger rides into Three Buttes, Helen Kent persuades him to buy the local newspaper. However, loan shark Rance Carson appoints the bandit Blaze Talbot as town marshal to act as ... See full summary »

Director: Derwin Abrahams | Stars: Robert Kellard, Peggy Stewart, Robert 'Buzz' Henry, Smith Ballew

Votes: 19

98. Brick Bradford (1947)

Approved | 257 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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An adventurer travels to the moon to stop a madman from getting hold of the Interceptor Ray, a weapon that could destroy Earth.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr | Stars: Kane Richmond, Rick Vallin, Linda Leighton, Pierre Watkin

Votes: 45

99. Tailspin Tommy (1934)

Approved | 248 min | Action, Drama, Crime

6.7
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A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Maurice Murphy, Noah Beery Jr., Patricia Farr, Walter Miller

Votes: 31

100. Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)

Approved | 242 min | Adventure

6.5
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A group of flying cadets have to clear themselves of a murder charge, while trying to stop a traitorous scientist from selling secrets to the Nazis.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Johnny Downs, Bobby Jordan, Ward Wood, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 44