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Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 28 March 1941 (USA)
To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a teenage boy named Billy Batson is given the power to become an adult superhero, Captain Marvel, with a single magic word: "Shazam!"

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Marvel
... Billy Batson
... Whitey Murphy (as William Benedict)
... Betty Wallace
... John Malcolm
... Prof. Luther Bentley
... Henry Carlyle [Ch. 1-3]
... Tal Chotali
George Pembroke ... Dr. Stephen Lang [Ch. 1-9]
... Prof. Dwight Fisher [Ch. 1-6] (as Peter George Lynn)
... Rahman Bar [Ch. 1, 11-12]
... James Howell [Ch. 1]
... Barnett - Chief Henchman [Ch. 2-10] (as Kenneth Duncan)
... Shazam [Ch. 1]
John Bagni ... Cowan - Henchman [Ch. 2-10]
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Storyline

On a scientific expedition to Siam young Billy Batson is given the ability to change himself into the super-powered Captain Marvel by the wizard Shazam, who tells him his powers will last only as long as the Golden Scorpion idol is threatened. Finding the idol, the scientists realize it could be the most powerful weapon in the world and remove the lenses that energize it, distributing them among themselves so that no one would be able to use the idol by himself. Back in the US, Billy Batson, as Captain Marvel, wages a battle against an evil, hooded figure, the Scorpion, who hopes to accumulate all five lenses, thereby gaining control of the super-powerful weapon. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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THE SUPER-STRONGMAN! Defying a power-crazed fiend who threatens to enslave the world with an army of blood-crazed demons! (original print ad) See more »


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28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$145,588 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cast member under the Scorpion's hood, momentarily visible and identifiable when he is accidentally unmasked in one episode, is not the same actor who is eventually unmasked as the actual Scorpion in the final episode. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 11 as Captain Marvel heaves a tree trunk from the road way, a crew member steps out from behind a large rock and, realizing his mistake, steps back out of sight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[sound of a huge gong omninously echoes down the valley]
Billy Batson: What's that, Mr. Howell?
Howell [Ch. 1]: I don't know, Billy - let's find out. What do you make of that cymbal, Malcolm?
John Malcolm: I don't know, Howell. Does it mean anything to you, Tal Chotali?
Tal Chotali: The men of the hills are gathering. The cymbal says that the white men are to be driven from the Valley of Tombs.
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The Scorpion as Himself See more »

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Featured in Superman 50th Anniversary (1988) See more »

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Probably the best serial I've ever seen
31 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Captain Marvel is one of the best serials available and a true credit to the genre. It offers plenty of the old-school, two-fisted action that you'd expect from an action serial, in addition to state-of-the-art (for the time) flying effects. The production value of the series is fantastic, including great stuntwork, fight sequences, and innovative cliffhangers. It also offers a great running mystery as to the identity of The Scorpion...which is ruined if you happen to read the cast list closely above :(

If you're a fan of serials or old action movies in general, you'd do well to pick this up as it truly is a classic.


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