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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 ...
Lorna Gray ...
Gail Richards
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Dr. Cyrus Maldor / Dr. Rodlam Baracs
Charles Trowbridge ...
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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Storyline

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)


Certificate:

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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

Throughout the serial, the word "Mayan" is pronounced "MAY-an" instead of the correct "MY-an." 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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Is this the Captain America we know and love?
4 November 2002 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

No, it's just a cheap 1940s serial using the Cap's good name. If you are a fan of the comic book, you will be greatly disappointed. They have radically changed the character. No shield, no Bucky, no fighting the Nazis, no wings on the side of his mask and most importantly: Captain America is now a District Attorney and no longer a GI.

Dick Purcell as Captain America? Don't look too closely when he changes into his costume. It is pretty obvious that he was not in the best physical shape when he made this serial(can you say flabby?). It is also VERY obvious that a stunt man is performing most of the action here. Almost every chapter has an obligatory fist fight that is shot and performed in exactly the same way. The villain is rather bland and although he uses an alias (The Scarab), he doesn't wear a disguise of any kind. The story is repetitive and very simple. The effects are laughable and the action is average. On the plus side we have sexy Lorna Gray as the D.A.'s assistant and the good Captain gets to ride on a cool looking motorcycle in one early chapter. Overall OK but nothing special.


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