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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Tyler ...
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey Murphy (as William Benedict)
Louise Currie ...
Robert Strange ...
John Malcolm
Harry Worth ...
Prof. Luther Bentley
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Henry Carlyle [Ch. 1-3]
John Davidson ...
George Pembroke ...
Dr. Stephen Lang [Ch. 1-9]
George Lynn ...
Prof. Dwight Fisher [Ch. 1-6] (as Peter George Lynn)
Reed Hadley ...
Rahman Bar [Ch. 1,11-12]
Jack Mulhall ...
James Howell [Ch. 1]
Kenne Duncan ...
Barnett - Chief Henchman [Ch. 2-10] (as Kenneth Duncan)
Nigel De Brulier ...
John Bagni ...
Henchman Cowan [Ch. 2-10]
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Marvel  »

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Budget:

$145,588 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Goofs

While a prisoner of the Scorpion, Betty manages to grab a gun and fire a shot that creases the villain's hand. Informed of this, Billy manipulates the expedition's members into showing their hands, and only one man's hand shows an injury. However, subsequent events prove he is not the Scorpion. How the real villain had no injury is never hinted at, and there's precious little said about the wound that was found: After Billy escapes a death trap at the latter man's home, the two have a conversation that is joined in progress, with Batson admitting that he could believe the scientist's story (told completely off-screen) about the cause of his injury if he could explain other things that had happened. Perhaps that trap was originally intended to be a chapter-ending cliffhanger and the explanations were lost in re-editing to eliminate a chapter here. See more »

Quotes

[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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The Scorpion as Himself See more »

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Remade as Shazam! (1974) See more »

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Best Comic Book Movie Ever Made.
7 February 2001 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

A criminal known only as the Scorpion, who one of 5 archeologists, is trying to acquire all of the lenses of a golden Scorpion idol, which can turn ordinary rocks into gold, and can unleash a powerful death ray. Billy Batson, during the dig, is given the powers of Captain Marvel by the enigmatic wizard Shazam to prevent the scorpion idol from being used for evil purposes. So when Billy Batson says the word Shazam, he is transformed into Captain Marvel. In my opinion it is not the greatest serial ever made, but it is without a doubt the greatest comic book adaptation in the media ( TV included. ). Tom Tyler looks just like the character and coupled with David Sharpe during the stunt scenes ( which look better than anything ever tried today in this type genre ) elevates it from a kiddie serial into serious watching. Rating, based on serials 10 out of 10.


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