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Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 28 March 1941 (USA)
To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a boy is given the power to become an adult superhero with a single magic word.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitey Murphy (as William Benedict)
Prof. Luther Bentley
Henry Carlyle [Ch. 1-3]
George Pembroke ...
Dr. Stephen Lang [Ch. 1-9]
Prof. Dwight Fisher [Ch. 1-6] (as Peter George Lynn)
Rahman Bar [Ch. 1,11-12]
James Howell [Ch. 1]
Barnett - Chief Henchman [Ch. 2-10] (as Kenneth Duncan)
John Bagni ...
Henchman Cowan [Ch. 2-10]


On a scientific expedition to Siam young Billy Batson is given the ability to change himself into the super-powered Captain Marvel by the wizard Shazam, who tells him his powers will last only as long as the Golden Scorpion idol is threatened. Finding the idol, the scientists realize it could be the most powerful weapon in the world and remove the lenses that energize it, distributing them among themselves so that no one would be able to use the idol by himself. Back in the US, Billy Batson, as Captain Marvel, wages a battle against an evil, hooded figure, the Scorpion, who hopes to accumulate all five lenses, thereby gaining control of the super-powerful weapon. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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THE SUPER-STRONGMAN! Defying a power-crazed fiend who threatens to enslave the world with an army of blood-crazed demons! (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Captain Marvel  »

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$145,588 (estimated)

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Curse of the Scorpion; 2. The Guillotine; 3. Time Bomb; 4. Death Takes the Wheel; 5. The Scorpion Strikes; 6. Lens of Death; 7. Human Targets; 8. Boomerang; 9. Dead Man's Trap; 10.Doom Ship; 11.Valley of Death; 12.Captain Marvel's Secret. See more »


Although the archaeological expedition bears Malcolm's name, everyone defers to Howell as if he's in charge - until his murder late in the first chapter. See more »


[first lines]
[sound of a huge gong omninously echoes down the valley]
Billy Batson: What's that, Mr. Howell?
Howell [Ch. 1]: I don't know, Billy - let's find out. What do you make of that cymbal, Malcolm?
John Malcolm: I don't know, Howell. Does it mean anything to you, Tal Chotali?
Tal Chotali: The men of the hills are gathering. The cymbal says that the white men are to be driven from the Valley of Tombs.
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Referenced in There's Always Vanilla (1971) See more »

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Probably the best serial ever made
25 March 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a thoroughly enjoyable serial. The special effects in this film are extraordinary, especially the "flying sequences" and especially considering that this was done in 1941 (as a comaprison, watch the two Superman Serials, shot serveral years later, with the late Kirk Allen, where suddenly Allen turns into a cartoon when he takes off). Tom Tyler was perfect as "The World's Mightiest Mortal" (aka "The Big Red Cheese" as Marvel was known in the comics), properly stoic. This is definitely the best of the "super hero" serials. This should be enjoyed by young and old alike. A definite 5 star serial. Highly recommended!!!

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