Comic Strip Adaptations

by dean11mck | created - 24 Aug 2011 | updated - 03 Aug 2016 | Public

These live-action feature films, TV movies, TV series and serial films are based on the world's comic strips (English language only) from 1920s to present. If you are fan of any comic strips, please check out this listings and feel free to send me your comment.

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1. Little Annie Rooney (1925)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama, Comedy

The tenements are home to an international community, including the friends and family of a tough young ragamuffin named Annie Rooney, but their neighborhood may be threatened by a dangerous street gang.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James, Gordon Griffith

Votes: 798 | Gross: $1.10M

2. Ella Cinders (1926)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Romance

Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, Vera Lewis, Doris Baker

Votes: 847

3. Tillie the Toiler (1927)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

Tillie the Toiler is a 1927 silent film comedy produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and released through Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios. It is based on Russ Westover's popular comic strip ... See full summary »

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Marion Davies, Matt Moore, Harry Crocker, George Fawcett

Votes: 424

4. The Kid Stakes (1927)

69 min | Drama

Young "Fatty" Finn and his friends enter their pet goat in a race, but his rival "Bruiser" Murphy lets the goat loose, right before the race.

Director: Tal Ordell | Stars: Robin 'Pop' Ordell, Charles Roberts, Ray Salmon, Frank Boyd

Votes: 45

5. Bringing Up Father (1928)

70 min | Comedy

The wealthy Jiggs is tired of being left out of the swanky parties thrown by his social-climbing wife Maggie and their daughter. He decides to teach them a "lesson" by faking his own ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, J. Farrell MacDonald, Jules Cowles

Votes: 124

7. Skippy (1931)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Skippy, the mischievous son of a wealthy doctor, meets Sooky in poverty-ridden Shantytown, and together they try to save Sooky's pet from a cruel dogcatcher.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Robert Coogan, Mitzi Green, Jackie Searl

Votes: 613

9. Little Orphan Annie (1932)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

Daddy Warbucks has to go on a long trip, leaving Annie alone. While wandering the street, Sandy leads Annie to discover Mickey, who is crying. Mickey's grandmother recently died, and he is ... See full summary »

Director: John S. Robertson | Stars: Mitzi Green, Buster Phelps, May Robson, Matt Moore

Votes: 49

10. Harold Teen (1934)

66 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Harold seems to flop at every thing he tries, his school work, his newspaper job, even his car is repossessed. It even looks like his girl is losing interest until a school musical is put ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Hal Le Roy, Rochelle Hudson, Patricia Ellis, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 63

11. Tailspin Tommy (1934)

Approved | 248 min | Action, Drama, Crime

A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Maurice Murphy, Noah Beery Jr., Patricia Farr, Walter Miller

Votes: 38

12. Palooka (1934)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Music

Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Stuart Erwin, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 262

13. Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery (1935)

Passed | 236 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A 12-episode serial in which Tailspin Tommy evades volcanoes, anti-aircraft shells, and time bombs as he foils a plan by corrupt profiteers to steal an island's oil reserves.

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Clark Williams, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr., Delphine Drew

Votes: 73

14. Flash Gordon (1936)

Approved | 245 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson

Votes: 1,947

15. Ace Drummond (1936)

Approved | 255 min | Action, Adventure

This 13 chapter serial is based on the comic strip character Ace Drummond created by Eddie Rickenbacker. Ace is a 'G-Man of the sky' working out of Washington D.C. He is sent to Mongolia to... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: John 'Dusty' King, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery Jr., Guy Bates Post

Votes: 358

16. King of the Royal Mounted (1936)

Approved | 61 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant King protects a girl who has come to claim a mine left by her father. An evil lawyer plans to keep the mine for himself.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Robert Kent, Rosalind Keith, Alan Dinehart, Arthur Loft

Votes: 10

17. Secret Agent X-9 (1937)

Approved | 294 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A secret agent goes after the gang that stole the crown jewels of a European monarchy.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: Scott Kolk, Jean Rogers, David Oliver, Monte Blue

Votes: 64

18. Dick Tracy (1937)

Approved | 290 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette, Lee Van Atta

Votes: 516

19. Jungle Jim (1937)

Approved | 232 min | Adventure

Two safaris enter the African jungle intent on finding a white girl who is the heiress to a fortune. One safari, led by Jungle Jim, wants to make sure she gets the news that she is now a ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: Grant Withers, Betty Jane Rhodes, Raymond Hatton, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 85

20. Radio Patrol (1937)

Approved | 242 min | Action, Drama

A young radio cop and a beautiful girl try to stop an international criminal gang from getting their hands on the formula for a new bulletproof steel.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: Grant Withers, Adrian Morris, Kay Hughes, Mickey Rentschler

Votes: 37

21. Tim Tyler's Luck (1937)

Approved | 212 min | Adventure

A 12-episode serial in which Tim Tyler goes to Africa in search of his father in gorilla country. He meets up with Lora, who is after Spider Webb who has framed her brother. Webb causes the... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Wyndham Gittens | Stars: Frankie Thomas, Frances Robinson, Jack Mulhall, Al Shean

Votes: 242

22. Little Orphan Annie (1938)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Sport

Annie (Ann Gillis), an orphan, (based on Harold Gray's comic strip but who is at no point in the film called 'Little Orphan Annie), is befriended by a fight manager, 'Pop' Corrigan (J. ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Holmes | Stars: Ann Gillis, Robert Kent, June Travis, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 24

23. Dick Tracy Returns (1938)

Approved | 260 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lynne Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker

Votes: 339

24. Blondie (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Family

Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 531

25. Red Barry (1938)

Passed | 256 min | Action

A famous detective sets out to discover who stole $2 million in bonds.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Alan James | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Frances Robinson, Edna Sedgewick, Cyril Delevanti

Votes: 79

26. Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | 299 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, Frederick Stephani | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon

Votes: 795

27. Mystery Plane (1939)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A pilot invents a revolutionary new bomb-targeting system. However, just before he is to deliver it to the Army Air Corps, he is kidnapped by a criminal gang who want to give the system to ... See full summary »

Director: George Waggner | Stars: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 41

28. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music

Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 264

29. Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939)

Passed | 302 min | Action, Mystery, Crime

A mad doctor named Zanoff uses a drug to bring himself back from the dead after his execution in prison. Dick Tracy sets out to capture Zanoff before he can put his criminal gang back together again.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Irving Pichel, Ted Pearson, Jennifer Jones

Votes: 279

30. Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Comedy

Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 273

31. Stunt Pilot (1939)

Approved | 61 min | Adventure

The second of a series of four features Monogram made based on the comic strip by Hal Forrest (Universal also used the strip characters in two serials), finds a movie company shooting a war... See full summary »

Director: George Waggner | Stars: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 28

32. Mandrake, the Magician (1939)

Approved | 215 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by a masked Crime Lord known as "The Wasp".

Directors: Norman Deming, Sam Nelson | Stars: Warren Hull, Doris Weston, Al Kikume, Rex Downing

Votes: 149

33. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 267

34. Buck Rogers (1939)

Approved | 237 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A 20th Century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Jack Mulhall

Votes: 705

35. Sky Patrol (1939)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

"Tailspin Tommy" Tompkins and "Skeeter" Milligan are training young U. S. Army fliers for the newly-formed 'Sky Patrol,'a branch of the Army Reserves which operates along the borders and ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 51

36. Danger Flight (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure

Tailspin Tommy is flying through a severe storm to deliver a payroll. What he doesn't know is that a gang of crooks is setting a trap for him in order to get their hands on the money.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 57

37. Terry and the Pirates (1940)

Passed | 300 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Dr. Herbert Lee (John Paul Jones), an archaeologist seeking to decipher ancient Mara inscriptions, is aided by his son, Terry (William Tracy), and Terry's pal, Pat Ryan (Jeff York), and ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: William Tracy, Jeff York, Joyce Bryant, Allen Jung

Votes: 58

38. Blondie on a Budget (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

Dagwood wants to join the trout club and Blondie wants a fur coat. Jealousy reigns when Dag's old girlfriend Joan shows up, but nothing else matters when a drawing at the movie theatre provides money for the coat.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 331

39. Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Approved | 220 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 1,119

40. Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)

Approved | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Mesquite banker Calvin Drake plans to profit from the Santa Fe Railroad's acquisition of right-of-way by gaining control of the land in the territory. In the ensuing war of intimidation ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Don 'Red' Barry, Noah Beery, Tommy Cook, Maude Allen

Votes: 98

41. King of the Royal Mounted (1940)

Approved | 211 min | Action, Adventure

Canadian Tom Merritt has discovered a substance, Compound X, that will cure infantile paralysis, which he extracts from a mine at Caribou, Canada. A country at war with Canada (unnamed ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Allan Lane, Robert Strange, Robert Kellard, Lita Conway

Votes: 77

42. Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

Mr. Dithers has a house he can't unload because it is rumored to be haunted. When he lets the Bumsteads move into it, they discover sliding panels and secret passages. The haunting is the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 224

43. Li'l Abner (1940)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy

The goings-on in the rural Southern community of Dogpatch, USA.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Jeff York, Martha O'Driscoll, Mona Ray, Johnnie Morris

Votes: 357

44. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

The Bumstead family is off to see relatives in the country when Blondie runs into Charlie and Millie, an eloping couple needing her help.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 203

45. Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941)

Passed | 263 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Dick Tracy goes up against a villain known as The Ghost, who can turn himself invisible.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Michael Owen, Jan Wiley, John Davidson

Votes: 252

46. Reg'lar Fellers (1941)

Passed | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Based on the comic strip by Gene Byrnes, the "Reg'lar Fellers", and one girl-feller, tinker with building a land/water machine, form a kid-band and go on the radio, celebrate a birthday, ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Billy Lee, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Buddy Boles, Janet Dempsey

Votes: 46

47. Blondie Goes Latin (1941)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Music

Dagwood disguises himself as a drummer in the ship's conga band to sneak aboard a South American cruise ship. Blondie performs several song-and-dance routines.

Directors: Frank R. Strayer, Robert Sparks | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 188