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Captain America (1944)

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Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Purcell ...
Grant Gardner aka Captain America
Lorna Gray ...
Gail Richards
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Dr. Cyrus Maldor
Charles Trowbridge ...
Police Commissioner Dryden
Russell Hicks ...
Mayor Randolph
George J. Lewis ...
Bart Matson
John Davidson ...
Gruber
Norman Nesbitt ...
Newscaster
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Prof. Lyman [Ch. 1]
Hugh Sothern ...
Prof. Eldon Dodge [Chs. 2-5]
Tom Chatterton ...
J.C. Henley [Chs. 6-8]
Robert Frazer ...
Dr. Clinton Lyman [Chs. 10-12]
John Hamilton ...
G.F. Hillman [Chs. 13-14]
Crane Whitley ...
Dirk [Chs. 11-12]
Edward Keane ...
Scarab Agent 33 [Ch. 15]
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Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

BLAZING ACROSS THE SCREEN IN A SERIAL OF REAL LIFE ADVENTURES! (original print ad-all caps)


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Release Date:

5 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of Captain America  »

Box Office

Budget:

$222,906 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Captain America's original story, a man named Steve Rogers - who is too weak and puny to fight in World War II - is injected with a Super-Soldier Serum and develops an enhanced physique, after which he becomes Captain America and does battle with the agents of Nazi Germany. This back-story was rejected by Republic during the making of this serial, as it would have required costly retakes at the time. In the serial, Captain America's real name is Grant Gardner, he is the city's district attorney, and his foe is the Scarab, aka Karl Maaldor, played by Lionel Atwill. See more »

Goofs

In chapter 11, some film equipment is reflected in the rear window of the ambulance as the bad guys get inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Scarab: This is the voice of the Scarab, Wilson. I command you to drive your car over the cliff!
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Version of Avengers: United They Stand (1999) See more »

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Captain America--the Star Spangled Avenger uncovers the "Purple Death" Plot!!!
15 December 2000 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Captain America--the Star Spangled Avenger--minus the shield, his youthful sidekick, Bucky Barnes, and the Red Skull. The late Dick Purcell plays the crusading district attorney Grant Gardner in one of Republic's finest cliffhangers; who, attempts to uncover and stop the evil/cunning Scarab's "Purple Death" plot. Sadly, Purcell passed away before this serial's release. Lionel Atwill is great as the sinister Museum Curator, Dr. Cyrus Maldor. Maldor has been killing off members of his South American expedition to gain control of their wealth and stewardship of the museum. Lorna Gray is superb as Gardner's faithful assistant and the damsel in constant distress. The omnipresent George J. Lewis carries out the Scarab's evil plans as badguy, Bart Matson.

Cap must even combat Professor Dodge's (Hugh Southern) "Dynamic Vibrator"--ouch! Can Cap thwart the evil doctor's plans? Will Maldor manage to gain complete control of the scientific museum for his evil plans? Cap fights for truth, justice


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