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Columbia Movie Serials

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1. Jungle Menace (1937)
1937. Genre: Jungle.

This was the first serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was based on the success of Republic's 1936 serial Darkest Africa.

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2. The Mysterious Pilot (1937)
1937. Genre: Aviation.

Adapted from the novel 'The Silver Hawk' by William Byron Mowery.

People who added this item 0  Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0  IMDB Rating 7.1 
3. The Spider's Web (1938)
1938. Genre: Superhero.

Based on the pulp magazine character The Spider. The Spider's Web was the first serial to be adapted from a pulp magazine.

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
4. Mandrake, the Magician (1939)
1939. Genre: Action & Fantasy.

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5. Overland with Kit Carson (1939)
1939. Genre: Western.

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6. Terry and the Pirates (1940)
1940. Genre: Maritime.

Based on the comic strip 'Terry and the Pirates' created by Milton Caniff.

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
7. Deadwood Dick (1940)
1940. Genre: Western

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
8. The Green Archer (1940)
1940. Genre: Crime.

Based on Edgar Wallace's 1923 novel 'The Green Archer'.

People who added this item 0  Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0  IMDB Rating 6.8 
9. The Spider Returns (1941)
1941. Genre: Superhero.

Sequel to the 1938 serial The Spider's Web.

People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
10. Holt of the Secret Service (1941)
1941. Genre: Crime.

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
11. Captain Midnight (1942)
1942. Genre: Aviation.

Based upon the radio adventure serial of the same name broadcast from 1938 to 1949.

People who added this item 0  Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0  IMDB Rating 6.7 
12. Perils of the Royal Mounted (1942)
1942. Genre: Northern.

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
13. The Secret Code (1942)
1942. Genre: Spy.

Inspired by Republic Pictures' successful Spy Smasher serial of the same year. Columbia's adverts for The Secret Code included the phrases "Smash spies with the Secret Service" and "Thrill again to spy smashers' biggest chase!"

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 7.4 
14. The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942)
1942. Genre: Western.

People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
15. Batman (1943)
1943: Genre: Superhero.

The film is notable for being the first filmed appearance of Batman and for providing two core elements of the Batman mythos. The film introduced 'The Bat's Cave' and the Grandfather clock entrance.

Also William Austin, the actor who played Alfed the Butler, had a trim physique and a thin mustache. The contemporary comic Alfred was overweight and clean-shaven prior to this serial's release. The comics version of Alfred was altered to match that of Austin's and this is the way he is usually portrayed now.

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
16. The Phantom (1943)
1943. Genre: Superhero.

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17. Black Arrow (1944)
1944. Genre: Western.

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.7 
18. Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945)
1945. Genre: Crime.

Inspired by Brenda Starr, a popular comic strip created by Dale Messick.

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.5 
19. The Monster and the Ape (1945)
1945. Genre: Science Fiction.

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20. Who's Guilty? (1945)
1945. Genre: Crime & Mystery.

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21. Chick Carter, Detective (1946)
1946. Genre: Crime.

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22. Jack Armstrong (1947)
1947. Genre: Science Fiction.

People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
23. The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West (1947)
1947. Genre: Superhero & Western.

It was based on the comic book cowboy, The Vigilante of Action Comics a forerunner of DC Comics.

This serial makes the Vigilante one of the first live action adaptations of a DC Comics character, beating Superman by one year although Batman had already made an appearance with his own serial in 1943 (also from Columbia).

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24. The Sea Hound (1947)
1947. Genre: Maritime.

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25. Brick Bradford (1947)
1947. Genre: Science Fiction.

Based on the comic strip Brick Bradford.

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26. Superman (1948)
1948. Genre: Superhero.

The first live-action appearance of Superman on film.

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27. Congo Bill (1948)
1948. Genre: Jungle.

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28. Bruce Gentry (1949)
1949. Genre: Science Fiction.

It is possible that this serial contains the first cinematic appearance of a Flying Saucer.

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29. Batman and Robin (1949)
1949. Genre: Superhero.

Sequel to the 1943 serial Batman.


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30. The Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949)
1949. Genre: medieval.

Based on Arthurian Legend & was one of the very few serials of the time with a period setting that was not a western.

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31. Cody of the Pony Express (1950)
1950. Genre: Western.

People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
32. Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
1950. Genre: Superhero.

Atom Man is Lex Luthor.

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33. Pirates of the High Seas (1950)
1950. Genre: Maritime & Jungle.

1951. Genre: Western.

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35. Mysterious Island (1951)
1951. Genre: Science Fiction.

An adaptation of the 1874 novel by Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island.

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36. Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951)
1951. Genre: Science Fiction.

The first and last film serial ever based on a television program, Captain Video and his Video Rangers.

The same basic plot was used & re-used by Republic pictures for their serials Radar Men from the Moon & Zombies of the Stratosphere.

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37. King of the Congo (1952)
1952. Genre: Jungle.

Based on the comic book character 'Thun'Da, King of the Congo', created by Frank Frazetta. This was the last Tarzan-style serial.

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38. Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom (1952)
1952. Genre: Aviation.

Based on the comic book Blackhawk now owned by DC Comics.

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39. Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger (1952)
1952. Genre: Western.

It is based on the historical figure of Geronimo, prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache people.

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40. The Lost Planet (1953)
1953. Genre: Science Fiction.

The last interplanetary-themed sound serial ever made.

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41. The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953)
1953. Genre: Maritime.

Based on the historical figure of Captain William Kidd. The plot was based on the possibility that the real Captain Kidd was misjudged in an unfair trial.

1955. Genre: Superhero.


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43. Perils of the Wilderness (1956)
1956. Genre: Western.

The penultimate serial produced by Columbia who were at this time the only studio still producing serials.

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44. Blazing the Overland Trail (1956)
1956. Genre: Western.

The last serial produced by Columbia and the last serial ever produced by any major studio.


 

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (CPII) is an American film production and distribution company. First founded in 1919 as Cohn-Brandt-Cohn Film Sales it adopted the Columbia name in 1924. It was one of the so-called Little Three among the eight major film studios of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Today, as part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sony, it is one of the leading film companies in the world, a member of the so-called Big Six.

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