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1 | 2 | 3 | unknown
Release Date:
7 September 1974 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young boy, able to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel, travels the country fighting evil. Full summary »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Worthy, Enjoyable Show See more (20 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 18)

Michael Gray ... Billy Batson (28 episodes, 1974-1976)

Les Tremayne ... Mentor (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jackson Bostwick ... Captain Marvel (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Davey ... Captain Marvel (11 episodes, 1975-1976)
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Series Directed by
Hollingsworth Morse (3 episodes, 1974-1976)

Robert Chenault (unknown episodes)
Robert Douglas (unknown episodes)
Henry J. Lange Jr. (unknown episodes)
Arnold Laven (unknown episodes)
Chuck Menville (unknown episodes)
Arthur H. Nadel (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Paolo Orsini (2 episodes, 1974-1976)

C.C. Beck (unknown episodes)
Susan Dworski (unknown episodes)
Donald F. Glut (unknown episodes)
Jack Kaplan (unknown episodes)
Jack Mendelsohn (unknown episodes)
Chuck Menville (unknown episodes)
Marianne Mosner (unknown episodes)
Arthur H. Nadel (unknown episodes)
Olga Simms (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Norm Prescott .... executive producer (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
Lou Scheimer .... executive producer (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
Len Janson .... associate producer (15 episodes, 1974)
Chuck Menville .... associate producer (15 episodes, 1974)
Arthur H. Nadel .... producer (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Richard M. Rosenbloom .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1975-1976)

Robert Chenault .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Ray Ellis (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
Norm Prescott (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert F. Sparks (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Film Editing by
Stanley Rabjohn (unknown episodes)
Ray Williford (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Meryl O'Loughlin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Thalia Phillips (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry J. Lange Jr. .... assistant director (1 episode, 1976)

William McGarry .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Fred Westcott .... property master (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
William Randall .... sound (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Kahlo .... key grip (1 episode, 1976)
Drain M. Marshall .... gaffer (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Editorial Department
Bill Moore .... editorial supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Dale Henry .... transportation manager (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Other crew
Don Christensen .... creative director (28 episodes, 1974-1976)

Richard Briggs .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Carmine Infantino .... creative consultant: National Periodical (unknown episodes)
Thomas LaBelle .... educational advisor (unknown episodes)
Gloria Powell .... educational advisor (unknown episodes)
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (28 episodes)
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Trivia:
The character of Captain Marvel was originally created by Fawcett Comics in the 1940s as a rival to Superman. A successful lawsuit by Superman's owner, DC Comics, resulted in the character disappearing for more than a quarter-century. DC, which had acquired the rights to the character, relaunched him in the comics in 1973. However, during Captain Marvel's long hiatus, DC rival Marvel Comics launched its own, unrelated Captain Marvel character, which prevented DC and the producers of this series from using Captain Marvel as a title. As a result, the title "Shazam!" was introduced. As of 2007, Shazam! is still used on all DC publications featuring the original Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel was actually created in 1939. In mid 1939, an ashcan copy of a comic printed under both the names "Flash Comics #1" and "Thrill Comics #1" was printed purely to secure copyrights for the character, but the names used were already in use elsewhere. The name of the main character was changed to "Captain Marvel," and the title of the magazine changed to "Whiz Comics." Whiz Comics #2, reprinting the stories from the earlier ashcan copy, was printed for distribution in late '39, and dated February 1940. A copy of the ashcan edition was discovered in 1985, at which time it was considered to be the most valuable comic book in existence.See more »
Quotes:
[Opening title narration]
Narrator:Chosen from among all others by the immortal elders - SOLOMON, HERCULES, ATLAS, ZEUS, ACHILLES, MERCURY - Billy Batson and his mentor travel the highways and byways of the land on a never ending mission: to right wrongs, to develop understanding, and to seek justice for all! In time of dire need, young Billy has been granted the power by the immortals to summon awesome forces at the utterance of a single word!
Billy Batson:SHAZAM!
Narrator:A word which transforms him, in a flash, into the mightiest of mortal beings, CAPTAIN MARVEL!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Latin Boys Go to Hell (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
SHAZAMSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Worthy, Enjoyable Show, 6 February 2011
Author: ramsfan from United States

Shazam! represented another great memory of childhood in the 70's and a weekly Saturday morning TV staple. Billy Batson (Michael Gray) is a teenage young man who "travels the highways and byways" in a Winnebago camper with an older gentleman, Mentor, (Les Tremayne) seeking to help people in need. Given the power by the immortal gods Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Apollo and Mercury to transform himself into Captain Marvel upon yelling the word "Shazam", Billy tries to right wrongs, put people on a righteous path and rescue those in distress. Each episode presented a moral parable involving the importance of honesty, lawfulness, or trust. Young viewers were treated to an entertaining, yet meaningful half hour of television without being beaten over the head with self-righteousness. And parents could be assured of their children watching a wholesome Saturday morning program that helped to instill life lessons.

Devoid of great special effects or visuals, it is no doubt considered "cheesy" by today's standards of programming but was nonetheless a highly enjoyable show in its day. Unfortunately, rarely are shows like this offered to kids today, as TV execs routinely substitute meaningful shows with mind-numbing actioners.

In this sick world we live in today, a show about a young man driving around with an older stranger would be considered unsavory- a sad reminder of just how we've regressed as a society. But to a young kid in the 70's, this was just a cool show to watch, completely free of any dubious intentions or improprieties. Childhood simplicity is a wonderful thing- and Shazam! didn't disappoint. Wish it were still on today.

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