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Captain America (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 5 February 1944 (USA)
Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain America / Grant Gardner
... Gail Richards
... Cyrus Maldor
... Dryden
... Randolph
... Bart Matson
... Gruber
Norman Nesbitt ... Newscaster
... Lyman [Ch. 1]
... Eldon Dodge [Chs. 2-5]
... J.C. Henley [Chs. 6-8]
... Clinton Lyman [Chs. 10-12]
... G.F. Hillman [Chs. 13-14]
Crane Whitley ... Dirk [Chs. 11-12]
... Agent 33 [Ch. 15]
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Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

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BLAZING ACROSS THE SCREEN IN A SERIAL OF REAL LIFE ADVENTURES! (original print ad-all caps)


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5 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of Captain America  »

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Budget:

$222,906 (estimated)
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(15 chapters)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Purple Death
  • 2. Mechanical Executioner
  • 3. Scarlet Shroud
  • 4. Preview of Murder
  • 5. Blade of Wrath
  • 6. Vault of Vengeance
  • 7. Wholesale Destruction
  • 8. Cremation in the Clouds
  • 9. Triple Tragedy
  • 10. The Avenging Corpse
  • 11. The Dead Man Returns
  • 12. Horror on the Highway
  • 13. Skyscraper Plunge
  • 14. The Scarab Strikes
  • 15. The Toll of Doom
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Goofs

In the last chapter the clock which is shown chiming as the Scarab is executed is Big Ben (London, England) despite the serial being set in the United States. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Scarab: This is the voice of the Scarab, Wilson. I command you to drive your car over the cliff!
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Only the suit remains from the comic in a great pure nonsense serial full of fantastic action
3 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Yes it's the Captain America of the comics, but only in regard to the suit. Instead of a super soldier fighting Nazi's here we have a district attorney fighting the scarab who is killing off the members of an archaeological expedition using a gas that leave purple blotches. Starring Dick Purcell as the Captain and Lionel Atwill as the Scarab this is neat little serial. Neat as in fun, not in regard to story. Well acted and well filmed, the story is a complete nonsensical mess. Nothing makes any real sense, trust me your brain will go into knots if you take it seriously, even on its own terms. Mostly you watch it because of the cast having such a great time and because the action is some of the best in any serial. The action scenes are huge explosions of chaos that seem bigger and more dangerous then almost any other chapter play. Usually they end in wild cliffhangers that are so daunting that the only way for the hero to escape is for the filmmakers to cheat. And cheat they do. There is a reason that the documentaries I've seen on serials use footage from this film to illustrate how the serials cheated, namely almost every cliffhanger involves a cheat. Even though it makes no sense and the cliffhangers cheat this is still a blast to watch. There is something to put on when you want some mindless (wholesome) action. Recommended.


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