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Writers:
Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) and
Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 March 1941 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tom Tyler ... Captain Marvel
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Billy Batson
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey Murphy (as William Benedict)
Louise Currie ... Betty Wallace
Robert Strange ... John Malcolm
Harry Worth ... Prof. Luther Bentley

Bryant Washburn ... Henry Carlyle [Ch. 1-3]
John Davidson ... Tal Chotali
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 ... Shazam [Ch. 1]
John Bagni ... Henchman Cowan [Ch. 2-10]
Carleton Young ... Henchman Martin [Ch. 3-9]
Leyland Hodgson ... Maj. Rawley [Ch. 1] (as Leland Hodgson)
Stanley Price ... Owens - Henchman / Driver [Ch. 3-5]
Ernest Sarracino ... Akbar [Ch. 11-12]
Tetsu Komai ... Chan Lai [Ch. 4]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Benson - Lang's Butler [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Lefty - Heavy at Lang's Estate [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
Earle D. Bunn ... Dam Heavy 1 [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Dodge, Captain of 'The Carfax' [Ch. 10] (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... Native 5 (uncredited)
Armand Cortes ... Hamid the Wise Man [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Henchman (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Bridge Heavy [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
Joe De La Cruz ... Native 6 (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Cavalry Lieutenant [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Native 3 [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
James Fawcett ... Curio Shop Henchman 2 (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Pete - Lang's Estate Caretaker [Ch. 8-9] (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Native 2 (uncredited)
Ray Hanson ... Trucker (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... British Col. Hudson [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Brandon - Airport Heavy [Ch. 3] (uncredited)

Al Kikume ... Native Chief [Ch. 11] (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ... British Radio Sergeant [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Paul Lopez ... Ali (uncredited)
Stanley Mack ... Henchman at Fisher's House [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... First 'Carfax' Seaman [Ch. 10] (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Henchman Gus [Ch. 8] (uncredited)

Gerald Mohr ... Scorpion (voice) (uncredited)
Chuck Morrison ... Carlson, First Mate on 'The Carfax' [Ch.10] (uncredited)
Loren Riebe ... Curio Shop Heavy [Chs. 2-4] (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Carter - Truck-Rental Heavy [Ch. 4-5] (uncredited)

George Suzanne ... Dam Heavy 2 [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
Al Taylor ... Native 3 [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Duke Taylor ... Lefty, Guillotine Heavy [Chs. 2-3] (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Hawks - Bentley's Butler [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
Frank Wayne ... Steve, Third Heavy at Lang's Estate [Chs. 9-10] (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Native 5 (uncredited)
Carl Zwolsman ... Army Sentry [Ch. 1] (uncredited)

Directed by
John English 
William Witney 
 
Writing credits
Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) and
Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) and
Arch Heath (original screenplay) (as Arch B. Heath) and
Joseph F. Poland (original screenplay) (as Joseph Poland) and
Sol Shor (original screenplay)

C.C. Beck  character (uncredited)
Bill Parker  character (uncredited)

Produced by
Hiram S. Brown Jr. .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Cy Feuer (music score)
Ross DiMaggio (uncredited)
Mort Glickman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William Nobles 
 
Film Editing by
William P. Thompson  (as William Thompson)
Edward Todd 
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Braun (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mack D'Agostino .... unit manager
Al Wilson .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Daniel J. Bloomberg .... sound (uncredited)
Charles L. Lootens .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
James Fawcett .... stunt double: John Bagni (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Riebe .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Tom Tyler & Carleton Young (uncredited)
Duke Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Cy Feuer .... musical director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Return of Captain Marvel" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
216 min (12 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6920)

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Trivia:
Captain Marvel's costume, which is red in comic books, was actually blue/gray in order to photograph better in black and whiteSee more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In chapter 6, Betty is knocked unconscious when she drives a car through a wall in a parking garage. Despite the fact that no one is driving the car, it makes several sharp 180-degree turns while descending through the garage.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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Shazam! This is great!, 27 August 2005
Author: orsino44 from United States

One of my favorite Republic serials, along with Zorro's Fighting Legion and Spy Smasher. Adventures of Captain Marvel is slick, fast-paced and action packed. Of course, it has the usual failings of most serials -- low budget, short shooting schedule, a few bumps and wrinkles along the way -- but if that bothers you, you are probably one of those viewers who complain about the plots of Jackie Chan films. Frank Coughlan, Jr., does creditable work as Billy Batson, while Tom Tyler (Stagecoach, Red River) makes a robust Captain Marvel. Fans of Indiana Jones will love this, especially the sets in Chapter One. The best part about Capt. Marvel is his occasional shortage of a sense of fair play. (When was the last time you saw Superman machine gun three guys in the back as they ran away?) This is one super hero who doesn't play around. I also love Tyler's evil grin as bullets bounce off his chest and his propensity for pimp-slapping the bad guys when they don't answer his questions quickly enough. Also, look for Reed Hadley (Zorro) as one of the bad guys; unmistakable due to his superb voice. Hadley narrated A-bomb training films for the US government and had high level security clearance for the job. The other big plus of Capt. Marvel is the ground-breaking flying effects by the Lydeckers, using wires, dummies, reversed film and the leaping skills of stuntman Dave Sharpe. If you love adventure serials, you'll love The Adventures of Captain Marvel. Highly recommended is the DVD release from Artisan.

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