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Writers:
Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) and
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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

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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)
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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:
Continuity: In chapter 10, Billy Batson, wearing a raincoat and life jacket over his suit, changes to Captain Marvel. When he changes back to Billy, the raincoat and life jacket are gone.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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Serials Definitely Can Be Additive!, 29 July 2006

This is my first full-length serial, and, I must confess surprisingly, that I truly enjoyed each and every minute of it. The story tells of a young man named Billy Batson and how he, having refused to enter the tomb of an ancient people with a curse while being part of an archaeological/treasure hunting team, is bestowed great powers by Shazaam. Batson turns into Captain Marvel when he utters the word Shazaam. This serial is a lot better crafted than I initially thought it would be. The sets used in this Rebublic Pictures production are very good and believable. The acting is very adequate with Frank Coghlan Jr. giving a very honest and sincere performance as Billy albeit somewhat corny perhaps. Tom Tyler plays his alter ego Captain Marvel - and while looking somewhat haggard is acceptable. All the other performers are good with John Davidson standing out as Tal Chotali - a native guide for the group. The 12 chapters of this serial tell of how each investor in the team was given a special lens of a gold scorpion found in the ancient tomb. When all the lenses are placed properly on the scorpion, it can make gold out of anything. Well, a villain named the Scorpion comes into the mix. He is covered from head to foot in a mask and costume so as not to reveal his identity because he is one of the men in the team. Each episode tells of various plots the scorpion invents to secure the lenses and thwart Captain Marvel. In true serial fashion, each chapter ends with a thrilling and exciting cliffhanger of sorts. Originally these were shown weekly with pictures and made to be exciting and suspenseful so as to entice movie-goers to return each week. Directors William Witney and John English succeed in making the viewer want to see what happens. Each chapter was packed with action and mystery. Plenty of red herrings are thrown at you so as to confuse you to who could or would be the real identity of the Scorpion. It was so refreshing to see Captain Marvel be a real super hero. He doles out real justice to real crooks. No feminization of Captain Marvel here. Sure, some of the story is pretty hokey, and, yes, some plot twists totally unrealistic(how about the scene where Betty Wallace,Batson's pseudo-love interest, is careening around one bend after another in a garage while knocked out), but the product as a whole was very compelling. I had to watch all 12 chapters in one sitting just to find out who the script chose to be the Scorpion. This serial made me a believer and makes me want to check out some of these rather forgotten films of the past.

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