Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  28 March 1941 (USA)
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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:
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey Murphy (as William Benedict)
Louise Currie ...
Robert Strange ...
Prof. Luther Bentley
Henry Carlyle [Ch. 1-3]
John Davidson ...
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)
Nigel De Brulier ...
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 <>

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THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN CARTOONLAND BECOMES THE STRONGEST MAN ON THE SCREEN! All others pale in the light of this human fortress who finds no barrier too great in his amazing fight for justice. See more »


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Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Marvel  »

Box Office


$145,588 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(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

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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 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) See more »

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Probably the best serial I've ever seen
31 August 2004 | by (Marlborough, MA) – See all my reviews

Captain Marvel is one of the best serials available and a true credit to the genre. It offers plenty of the old-school, two-fisted action that you'd expect from an action serial, in addition to state-of-the-art (for the time) flying effects. The production value of the series is fantastic, including great stuntwork, fight sequences, and innovative cliffhangers. It also offers a great running mystery as to the identity of The Scorpion...which is ruined if you happen to read the cast list closely above :(

If you're a fan of serials or old action movies in general, you'd do well to pick this up as it truly is a classic.

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