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Captain Celluloid vs. the Film Pirates (1966)

| Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
Captain Celluloid battles the evil Master Duper and his criminal gang, the League of Film Pirates, who plan to hijack copies of classic films, copy them and sell them to desperate film collectors all over the world.



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Miller ...
Larry Steele / Captain Celluloid (as Robert Clayton)
Doris Burnell ...
Dale Stirling
Alan G. Barbour ...
Duncan Gregory
Barney Noto ...
Paul Michael
John Cullen ...
Martin Brand
Jean Barbour ...
Al Kilgore ...
Grant Willis ...
Tom the Truckman
William K. Everson ...
D.W. Hart
George Labes
John Kirk
Bill Barr


Captain Celluloid battles the evil Master Duper and his criminal gang, the League of Film Pirates, who plan to hijack copies of classic films, copy them and sell them to desperate film collectors all over the world.

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Chapter 1: The Master Duper Strikes (22 minutes at silent speed) Chapter 2: Nitrate Fury (18 minutes at silent speed) Chapter 3: Satan's Coffin (13 minutes at silent speed) Chapter 4: Unmasked (13 minutes at silent speed) See more »

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Tribute to the Serials
19 July 2003 | by (Overland Park, KS) – See all my reviews

Sinister Cinema says that Captain Celluloid, `deserves consideration as the best amateur film ever made.' However, in his excellent 1977 salute to the serials, `Cliffhanger,' Alan G. Barbour notes that director Louis McMahon was a `top-flight cameraman.' Certainly this is not hard to believe when one views Captain Celluloid. For those of us familiar with 1940's era Republic serials, the story behind the film is more interesting than the film itself. Shot in the mid 1960's by an impressive group of serial buffs, including film historians Barbour and William K. Everson, Captain Celluloid came along when an attempt was being made to re-introduce the serials to the younger generation. Sadly, this did not pan out as hoped but we can be grateful that, since that time, the classic serials have become readily available on VHS and DVD. Less than an hour in length, the story line pokes gentle humor at the Republic serials and one does indeed notice a rich Republic flavor. Captain Celluloid spends four chapters keeping rare film prints away from the heavily disguised Master Duper, who Barbour admits was portrayed by himself in Cliffhanger, even though the Master Duper turned out to be another character in the story, not Barbour's. Barbour's wife Jean had a small but delightful, over-the-top role as Satanya, an evil villainess who supplies the Master Duper with his instruments of mischief. (a super fast film copier and an invisibility machine). Larry Clayton in the lead was superb and I enjoyed Grant Willis as Tom the Truckman, who milked it for all it was worth when getting shot in the face. Captain Celluloid has all we expect from our serial cliffhangers: car chases, fight scenes and location filming in interesting and obscure places. We even have a car going off a steep cliff. Besides the fact that this is a silent film with music voice-over, the only things that remind us that this is not a genuine Republic entry are the presence of the unknown cast and 1960's era automobiles. If you are this far into this review, then you are probably a serial buff and can guess how Captain Celluloid ended. The Master Duper is revealed in chapter four and we all live happily ever after .. until the next serial begins next week with chapter one. It is a pity that in our time, there will be no new serial, no new chapter to mull over next Saturday. But, time passes and we move on. If you are a fan of the serials, you must have Captain Celluloid in your library. It is fun and pleasing to see a group of dedicated enthusiasts put together this fine a tribute. Serials are not for everybody, but for those of us who love them this one is a must see.

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