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Release Date:
25 October 1940 (USA) See more »
HITS THE BULL'S- EYE FOR THRILL LOVERS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »
Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle")... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Victor Jory ... Spike Holland
Iris Meredith ... Valerie Howett
James Craven ... Abel Bellamy
Robert Fiske ... Savini
Dorothy Fay ... Elaine Bellamy
Forrest Taylor ... Parker Howett
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Brad
Joseph W. Girard ... Inspector Ross
Fred Kelsey ... Capt. Thompson
Kit Guard ... Dinky Stone, Henchman-Radio Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Lloyd ... Henchman (scenes deleted)
Jack Cheatham ... Cop / Detective Charlie (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Stevens / Agent 4-X / Thug Pilot (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Frank (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Thug (uncredited)
Kenne Duncan ... Michael Bellamy (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Brewster (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Henderson (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Pete (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Butch (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Turk Martin (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Kardak (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Martin (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Cop (uncredited)
Jack Hendricks ... Lab Guard (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Worthington (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Theater Attendant Charlie (uncredited)
John Paul Jones ... Tinder (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier ... Jake (uncredited)
Charles King ... Tardoni (uncredited)
Tom London ... Detective with Shiner (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Thug (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Mrs. Patton (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Cop (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Lanton (uncredited)
Fred Parker ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... West (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Cop (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Darcy (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Vrooner (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Lefty Brent (uncredited)
Duke York ... Martel aka Harry Madison (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Biff (uncredited)

Directed by
James W. Horne 
Writing credits
Morgan Cox (screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox) &
John Cutting (screenplay) &
Jesse Duffy (screenplay) (as Jesse A. Duffy) &
James W. Horne (screenplay)

Edgar Wallace  novel

Produced by
Larry Darmour .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lee Zahler 
Cinematography by
James S. Brown Jr. 
Film Editing by
Dwight Caldwell 
Earl Turner 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Hiecke .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Hendricks .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunt double: Victor Jory (uncredited)
Duke York .... stunts (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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285 min (15 episodes) | USA:21 min (chapter 2) | USA:19 min (chapter 3-) | USA:32 min (chapter 1)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #6016) (Chapter 5) | USA:Approved (PCA #6578) (Chapter 1) | USA:Approved (PCA #6605) (Chapter 2) | USA:Approved (PCA #6606) (Chapter 3) | USA:Approved (PCA #6615) (Chapter 4) | USA:Approved (PCA #6616) (Chapter 5) | USA:Approved (PCA #6625) (Chapter 6) | USA:Approved (PCA #6645) (Chapter 7) | USA:Approved (PCA #6646) (Chapter 8) | USA:Approved (PCA #6651) (Chapter 9) | USA:Approved (PCA #6664) (Chapter 10) | USA:Approved (PCA #6666) (Chapter 11) | USA:Approved (PCA #6669) (Chapter 12) | USA:Approved (PCA #6685) (Chapter 13) | USA:Approved (PCA #6700) (Chapter 14) | USA:Approved (PCA #6710) (Chapter 15)

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
All of the Serial Cliches Are Here!, 19 June 2004
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Green Archer" is an action packed 15 chapter serial from Columbia. It has all of the serial cliches that we've all come to know.

First we have the masked hero whose identity is unknown, The crusading crime reporter Spike Holland (Victor Jory), the mad villain with dreams of glory Abel Bellamy (James Craven), the helpless heroine Valerie Hewett (Iris Meredith), her sister Elaine (Dorothy Fay), the dumb cop Captain Thompson (Fred Kelsey), the lame brained henchman Dinky (Kit Guard), secret passage ways, trap doors, numerous fist fights where the hero gets knocked out but never finished off, death defying escapes from certain death etc.

Abel Bellamy who controls a ring of jewel thieves has framed his brother for murder and taken over the family castle from which he runs his operations. His brother Michael (Kenne Duncan) is involved in a train wreck on his way to prison and is apparently killed. His wife Elaine is kidnapped and taken to the castle and held prisoner. Ace crime reporter Spike Holland whose company had insured much of the stolen jewelry, enters the case. Spike had been a close friend of Michael Bellamy and works closely with his wife's sister Valerie and her father to discover the jewel thieves hideaway/identity and secure Elaine's release.

Abel Bellamy enlists one of his men Brad, to pose as the Green Archer a legendary figure from the Bellamy Castle past. But of course the "real" Green Archer shows up and the inevitable confusion takes place. Much of the story has Holland fighting with Abel's henchmen and falling into various traps set by the bad guys, only to escape in the nick of time, usually with the help of the "good" Green Archer". Spike must have had a lot of suits because he gets soaked to the skin in several chapters.

Finally, Spike and the police sort things out and bring the crooks to justice and the Green Archer turns out to be.....

It wasn't too difficult to tell who the real Green Archer was. In spite of a couple of red herrings, it is rather obvious. There's also some tacky special effects. The back projection shots are amateurish and the miniatures used in the house burning are less than convincing.

It was good to see veteran villain Jory get to play the hero for once. He did much better in another Columbia serial "The Shadow" released the same year. With his distinctive speaking voice, Jory made a career out of playing smooth talking gang leaders or back shooting henchmen, mostly in westerns. Serial veteran Craven goes way over the top as the chief villain and some of his gang are too dumb to be believed.

Others in the cast include Robert Fiske as Savini, Craven's nervous second in command, Joseph W. Ross as Inspector Girard and Herbert Evans as the butler Henderson who may not be what he appears to be. Veterans Charles King, Harry Harvey, Bud Osborne, Edmund Cobb, Jack Perrin and Tom London pop in for a chapter or two.

"The Green Archer" is everything that you'd expect a serial to be.

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