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The Green Archer (1940)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 October 1940 (USA)
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The struggle over the Bellamy estate ends with Michael Bellamy accused of murder and killed on the way to prison, while his brother, Abel Bellamy, takes control of the estate for his own nefarious plans.


James W. Horne


Morgan Cox (screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox), John Cutting (screenplay) | 3 more credits »



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Complete credited cast:
Victor Jory ... Spike Holland
Iris Meredith ... Valerie Howett
James Craven James Craven ... Abel Bellamy
Robert Fiske ... Savini
Dorothy Fay ... Elaine Bellamy
Forrest Taylor ... Parker Howett
Jack Ingram ... Brad - Henchman
Joseph W. Girard ... Inspector Ross
Fred Kelsey ... Capt. Thompson
Kit Guard ... Dinky Stone - Henchman / Radio Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Lloyd ... Henchman (scenes deleted)


Michael Bellamy (Kenne Duncan) inherits Garr Castle but his brother Abel Bellamy (James Craven) his him unjustly imprisoned and moves into the castle himself. When Michael's wife, Elaine (Dorothy Fay), fails to return after visiting Abel, her sister, Valarie Howett (Iris Meredith), accompanied by her father, Parker Howett (Forrest Taylor) and private detective Spike Holland (Victor Jory), rent an adjoining estate, determined to investigate the case. After learning that Valarie, her father and and Spike are in the vicinity, Abel is afraid they will discover his association with a gang of jewel thieves and desperately tries to have then all killed. Each attempt, however is thwarted by the Green Archer, who mysteriously appears with his deadly bow-and-arrows whenever needed. Fighting fire with fire, Abel has one of his henchmen, Brad (Jack Ingram), impersonate the Green Archer.. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'archer vert See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(15 episodes) | (chapter 2) | (chapter 3-) | (chapter 1)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Prison Bars Beckon; 2. The Face at the Window; 3. The Devil's Dictograph; 4. Vanishing Jewels; 5. The Fatal Spark; 6. The Necklace of Treachery; 7. The Secret Passage; 8. Garr Castle is Robbed; 9. The Mirror of Treachery; 10. The Dagger That Failed; 11. The Flaming Arrow; 12. The Devil Dogs; 13. The Deceiving Microphone; 14. End of Hope; 15. The Green Archer Exposed. See more »


Chapter one: Spike is riding in a modern up-to-date taxi, but when a truck smashes into it, it turns into a square-bodied open drivers seat. See more »


Version of Der grüne Bogenschütze (1961) See more »


Si J'étais Roi
(If I Were King)
Composed by Adolphe Adam
Used throughout the serial
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Green Archer on Public Access TV
4 August 2007 | by fud2468See all my reviews

By accident I stumbled upon a couple of episodes of The Green Archer on a local TV channel. I had not heard of this serial when it came out. I stopped seeing local movies in the fall of 1940 when I was sent to boarding school. I enjoyed seeing this, hokey as it was. It was a surprise to see Victor Jory as a hero! The other bright spot was trying to ID the makes and years of the cars used. I could not quite make out what the roadster with suicide doors was--it looked like a Dodge or De Soto from around 1933-35. Prior to that time I had seen a couple of Jimmy Allen flying films but I can't recall if these were full-length films or serial episodes. In doing some searching I learned that these films were preceded by a Jimmy Allen radio series, but I had not heard of that, either, before now. Other radio serials I was familiar with were Jack Armstrong, The Phantom Pilot, Radio Orphan Annie and General Shafter Parker and his Circus. Ray Mac.

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