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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)

Did You Know?

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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spider-Man 3 (2007)See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
this one brought me out of my seat., 8 January 2000

i first heard of tom tyler while watching an errol flynn western with my dad. he kept saying, watch this, watch this. the year was 1949. we had been the proud owner's of our first t.v. set. my dad was in his 40's and i was almost 5.

then it happened. and as it did my father had crept up behind me and was slapping me gently, but firmly on my shoulder. errol had put about 12 slugs in villan tom's back but he wasn't about to leave this mortal coil just yet. he staggered forward, off to the side three steps, down on one knee and then fell against the barn door under the light of the silvery moon and finally slid to his demise. i can only guess that mr. flynn was having his hair coiffed while he waited.

my dad loved that scene and i had to admit i sure would have liked to have seen in again three or four more times.

in june my dad asked me if i would like to go up to my uncle lemon's and see a movie he was going to screen. (every family has a rich one) and to be honest i loved him very much.

well there it was the two of them had decided to surprise me with captain marvel. my father said 'this is tom tyler the guy from the errol flynn movie'. that started off an ole 'why didn't you tell me it was on?' from uncle lemon's.

i fell in love with that serial the moment it started. tom tyler looked like captain marvel in the comic books. and the actor looked exactly the way that billy batson did.

i have heard william witney describe while speaking with elwy yost on tv ontario how it was written and how some of the stunts were performed. (sequences where a giant balloon took over for captain marvel). i much prefered it to the way kyrk allyn turned into a cartoon character when he went up up and away in the first superman serial.

i can see it as clearly as if it were yesterday. in this case i really can. among my collection of serials, captain marvel and superman go head to head.

if you like this serial or have heard about it - buy it.

the few dollars you spend cannot compare to the memories and the laughs you will share with your friends and family. trust me, although long departed the memory of my uncle lemon's and my one in a billion father,are there every time i run the serial. and everytime i watch it i chuckle when i remember that tom milked his part in Santa Fe Trail.........or was it Stagecoach. oh man the memories.

lloyd davidson

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