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The Green Archer (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 October 1940 (USA)
Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
James Craven ...
Brad - Henchman
Inspector Ross
Capt. Thompson
Dinky Stone - Henchman / Radio Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henchman (scenes deleted)


Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the same reactions that served him well in Laurel and Hardy films would work well in action serials where he has all hands, heroes and villains alike, doing some kind of over-the top "take", no matter the situation. This loose adaptation of an Edgar Wallace story finds Michael Bellamy (Kenne Duncan in his Kenneth Duncan period) inheriting Garr Castle, but his brother, Abel Bellamy (James Craven, as usual making Oil-Can Harry look smooth), has him imprisoned unjustly and moves into the castle himself. When Michael's wife, Elaine Bellamy (Dorothy Fay), fails to return after visiting Abel, her sister Valerie Howett (Iris Meredith), accompanied by their father, Parker Howett (Forrest Taylor) and private detective Spike Holland (Victor Jory, who even when playing the lead hero gets a villain's name), rent ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HITS THE BULL'S- EYE FOR THRILL LOVERS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'archer vert  »

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(15 episodes) | (chapter 2) | (chapter 3-) | (chapter 1)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter one: Spike is riding in a modern up-to-date taxi, but when a truck smashes into it, it turns into a square-bodied open drivers seat. See more »


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Si J'étais Roi
(If I Were King)
Composed by Adolphe Adam
Used throughout the serial
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A Good Serial
9 June 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

Altho QUITE a bit different than the Edgar Wallace story on which it's based, this is an excellent serial, none-the-less. Why? Because it's QUITE a bit different than the usual "mad-genius-taking-over-the-world" sort of thing that was the usual theme of serials at that time.

A crook & his henchmen move into a castle (to be used as a "base of operations"), but they didn't reckon on the "ghost" of the Green Archer who haunts the place. He continually thwarts the crooks in their shady deeds, and it's quite a surprise when he is unmasked at the end of the film.

An enjoyable film!

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