List of film serials

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For a list of serials by studio, see List of film serials by studio.

A list of film serials by year of release.

1910s[edit]

Production Company Title Chapters Genre Director Cast Notes
1910
Deutsche Vitaskop GmbH Arsene Lupin Contra Sherlock Holmes 5 Mystery Paul Otto as Lupin and Viggo Larsen as Holmes German Empire German
1912
Edison Studios What Happened to Mary 12 Drama Charles Brabin Mary Fuller
1913
Selig Polyscope Company The Adventures of Kathlyn 13 Francis J. Grandon Kathlyn Williams Jungle
Edison Studios Who Will Marry Mary? 6 Drama Mary Fuller
Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont Fantômas 5 Mystery Louis Feuillade France French
1914
Pathé The Perils of Pauline 20 Adventure Louis J. Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie Pearl White First Pathé serial
Wharton Studio The Exploits of Elaine 14 Mystery George B. Seitz Pearl White
Kalem Company The Hazards of Helen 119 Railroad J.P. McGowan and James D. Davis Helen Holmes and Helen Gibson 119 chapters - At 23.8 hours, this is considered to be the longest serial ever made. Each episode was about 12 minutes.
Edison Studios The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies 12 Girl Reporter Walter Edwin Mary Fuller
The Man Who Disappeared 12 Drama Charles Brabin
Thanhouser Film Corporation The Million Dollar Mystery 23 Mystery Howell Hansel
Zudora 20 Drama Howell Hansel
Universal Film Manufacturing Co. Lucille Love, Girl of Mystery 15 Spy Francis Ford Grace Cunard First Universal serial
The Master Key 15 Adventure Robert Z. Leonard
Universal Pictures The Trey o' Hearts 15 Crime Wilfred Lucas and Henry MacRae
Lubin Manufacturing Company The Beloved Adventurer 15 Drama Arthur V. Johnson
1915
Pathé & Wharton Studio The New Exploits of Elaine 10 Crime Louis J. Gasnier, Leopold Wharton and Theodore Wharton Pearl White
The Romance of Elaine 12 Spy George B. Seitz Pearl White
Balboa Amusement Producing Company Neal of the Navy 14 Maritime William Bertram and W.M. Harvey
The Red Circle 14 Drama Sherwood MacDonald Ruth Roland
American Film Company The Diamond From the Sky 30 Adventure Jacques Jaccard and William Desmond Taylor
Reliance Film Company Runaway June 15 Drama Oscar Eagle Norma Phillips
Kalem Company The Ventures of Marguerite 16 Crime Robert Ellis, John Mackin and Hamilton Smith
Universal Film Manufacturing Co. The Black Box 15 Mystery Otis Turner
The Broken Coin 22 Adventure Francis Ford Grace Cunard
Graft 20 Crime George Lessey and Richard Stanton
Under the Crescent 6 Adventure Burton L. King
Power Picture Plays The Mysterious Lady Baffles and Detective Duck Comedy Allen Curtis
Lubin Manufacturing Company Road o'Strife 15 Drama Howell Hansel and John Ince Crane Wilbur
Mary Charleson
Jack Standing
Signal Film Corporation The Girl and the Game 15 Railroad J.P. McGowan Helen Holmes
Leo D. Maloney
J.P. McGowan
Vitagraph Company of America The Fates and Flora Fourflush 3 Comedy Wally Van
The Goddess 15 Drama Ralph Ince
Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont Les Vampires 10 Mystery Louis Feuillade France French
L'X Noir France French
1916
Wharton Studio The Mysteries of Myra 15 Horror Leopold Wharton and Theodore Wharton
The Grip of Evil 14 Drama W.A.S. Douglas and Harry Harvey
The Iron Claw 20 Mystery George B. Seitz Pearl White
Wharton Studio/Hearst Beatrice Fairfax 15 Girl Reporter Leopold Wharton and Theodore Wharton
Astra Film Corporation/Pathé Pearl of the Army 15 War Edward José Pearl White
The Shielding Shadow 15 Mystery Louis J. Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie
Erbograph/Consolidated Film Company The Crimson Stain Mystery 16 Horror T. Hayes Hunter
Kleine Productions Inc. Gloria's Romance 20 Drama Colin Campbell and Walter Edwin
Metro Pictures Corporation The Great Secret 18 Mystery Christy Cabanne
Deutsche Bioscop Homunculus 6 Science fiction Otto Rippert German Empire German
Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont Judex 12 Crime Louis Feuillade France French
Niagara Film Studios Perils of Our Girl Reporters 15 Girl reporter George Terwilliger
American Film Company The Sequel to the Diamond From the Sky 4 Drama Edward Sloman
The Secret of the Submarine 15 Spy George L. Sargent
The Scarlet Runner 12 William P.S. Earle and Wally Van
Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The Strange Case of Mary Page 15 Mystery J. Charles Haydon
Signal Film Corporation The Yellow Menace 16 William Steiner
Lass of the Lumberlands 15 Western J.P. McGowan
Universal Film Manufacturing Co. The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring 15 Circus Francis Ford and Jacques Jaccard Grace Cunard
Liberty, A Daughter of the USA 20 Western Henry MacRae
Vitagraph Company of America The Purple Mask 16 Mystery Francis Ford and Grace Cunard
1917
Astra Film Corporation/Pathé The Fatal Ring 20 Crime George B. Seitz Pearl White
The Hidden Hand 15 Adventure James Vincent
The Mystery of the Double Cross 15 Mystery Louis J. Gasnier and William Parke
The Seven Pearls 15 Adventure Louis J. Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie
Balboa Amusement Producing Company The Neglected Wife 15 Drama William Bertram Ruth Roland
Wharton Studio/International Film Service Inc. Patria 15 War Jacques Jaccard, Leopold Wharton and Theodore Wharton
Signal Film Corporation The Lost Express 15 Railroad J.P. McGowan
The Railroad Raiders 15 Railroad J.P. McGowan
Monmouth Film Corporation Jimmie Dale Alias the Grey Seal 16 Mystery Harry McRae Webster
Paramount Pictures Who is Number One? 15 Mystery William Bertram
Universal Film Manufacturing Co. The Mystery Ship 18 Maritime Henry MacRae
The Red Ace 16 War Jacques Jaccard
The Gray Ghost 16 Mystery Stuart Paton
Voice on the Wire 15 Mystery Stuart Paton
Vitagraph Company of America The Fighting Trail 15 Western William Duncan
The Secret Kingdom 15 Fantasy Charles Brabin
Vengeance and the Woman 15 William Duncan and Laurence Trimble
1918
Astra Film Corporation/Pathé Hands Up! 15 Western Louis J. Gasnier and James W. Horne Ruth Roland
The House of Hate 20 Mystery George B. Seitz Pearl White
Western Photoplays Inc. The Wolves of Kultur 15 War Joseph A. Golden
Jaxon Film Corporation A Daughter of Uncle Sam 12 War James C. Morton
Wharton Studio The Eagle's Eye 20 War George Lessey, Wellington A. Playter, Leopold Wharton and Theodore Wharton
Rolfe Photoplays The Master Mystery 15 Mystery, Science fiction Harry Grossman and Burton L. King Harry Houdini The studio's last production
Burston Films Inc. The Silent Mystery 15 Mystery Francis Ford
Universal Film Manufacturing Co. The Brass Bullet 18 Maritime Ben F. Wilson
Bull's Eye 18 Western James W. Horne
The Lion's Claw 18 Adventure Harry Harvey and Jacques Jaccard
Lure of the Circus 18 Circus J.P. McGowan
The Red Glove 18 Western J.P. McGowan
Vitagraph Company of America A Fight for Millions 15 Western William Duncan
The Iron Test 15 Circus Robert N. Bradbury and Paul Hurst
A Woman in the Web 15 Paul Hurst and David Smith
Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont Tih Minh Louis Feuillade France French
1919
Astra Film Corporation/Pathé The Adventures of Ruth 15 Crime George Marshall Ruth Roland
Bound and Gagged 10 Comedy George B. Seitz
The Lightning Raider 15 Crime George B. Seitz Pearl White
Terror of the Range 7 Western Stuart Paton
The Tiger's Trail 15 Mystery Robert Ellis, Louis J. Gasnier and Paul Hurst Ruth Roland
George B. Seitz Productions The Black Secret 15 Spy George B. Seitz Pearl White
Western Photoplays Inc. The Great Gamble 15 Crime Joseph A. Golden
Oliver Films Inc. The Carter Case 15 Mystery William F. Haddock and Donald MacKenzie
Great Western Film Producing Company Elmo the Mighty 18 Northern Henry MacRae
SLK Serial Corporation The Fatal Fortune 15 Maritime Donald MacKenzie and Frank Wunderlee
National Film Corporation of America Lightning Bryce 15 Western, Horror Paul Hurst
Wisteria Productions The Lurking Peril 15 Horror George Morgan
Burston Films Inc. The Mystery of 13 15 Mystery Francis Ford
American Lifeograph Company The Perils of Thunder Mountain 15 Northern Robert N. Bradbury and W.J. Burman
Decla Bioscop AG Die Spinnen 2 Fantasy
Adventure
Fritz Lang Germany German
Serico Producing Company Inc. A Woman in Grey 15 Mystery James Vincent
Universal Film Manufacturing Co. The Great Radium Mystery 18 Mystery Robert Broadwell and Robert F. Hill
The Lion Man 18 Mystery Albert Russell and Jack Wells
The Midnight Man 18 James W. Horne
Shamrock Photoplay Corporation The Masked Rider 15 Western Aubrey M. Kennedy
Hallmark Pictures Corporation The Trail of the Octopus 15 Mystery Duke Worne
Vitagraph Company of America Man of Might 15 Maritime William Duncan and Clifford Smith
Smashing Barriers 15 Western William Duncan
Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont Barrabas Louis Feuillade France French

1920s[edit]

Production Company Title Chapters Genre Director Cast Notes
1920
Allgood Pictures Corporation The Whirlwind 15 Joseph A. Golden
Arrow Film Corporation The Fatal Sign 14 Stuart Paton
Berwilla Film Corporation Thunderbolt Jack 10 Western Francis Ford and Murdock MacQuarrie
Burston Films Inc. The Hawk's Trail 15 W.S. Van Dyke
Canyon Pictures Corporation Vanishing Trails 15 Western Leon De La Mothe
Fox Film Corporation Fantômas 20 Crime Edward Sedgwick
Bride 13 15 Richard Stanton
Frohman Amusement Corporation The Invisible Ray 15 Science fiction Harry A. Pollard
George B. Seitz Productions Velvet Fingers 15 George B. Seitz
Great Western Film Producing Corporation Elmo the Fearless 18 J.P. McGowan
Grossman Pictures The $1,000,000 Dollar Reward 15 Harry Grossman and George Lessey
Hallmark Pictures Corporation The Evil Eye 15 J. Gordon Cooper and Wally Van
The Screaming Shadow 15 Ben F. Wilson and Duke Worne
Holmes Producing Corporation The Tiger Band 15 Gilbert P. Hamilton
National Film Corporation of America The Son of Tarzan 15 Jungle
Fantasy
Arthur J. Flaven and Harry Revier
Pathé & Astra Film Corporation Daredevil Jack 15 W.S. Van Dyke
The Phantom Foe 15 Bertram Millhauser
Pirate Gold 10 Maritime George B. Seitz
The Third Eye 15 James W. Horne
Trailed By Three 15 Western Perry N. Vekroff
Pathé & Ruth Roland Serials Ruth of the Rockies 15 Western George Marshall Ruth Roland
Select Pictures Corporation The Branded Four 15 Duke Worne
Supreme Pictures Corporation The Mystery Mind 15 Will S. Davis and Fred Sittenham
[[Torquay & Paignton Photoplay Productions]] The Great London Mystery Horror mystery Charles Raymond United Kingdom British
Universal Studios The Flaming Disc Robert F. Hill
The Moon Riders 18 Western B. Reeves Eason and Theodore Wharton
King of the Circus 18 J.P. McGowan
The Vanishing Dagger 18 Edward A. Kull, John F. Magowan and Eddie Polo
The Dragon's Net 12 Henry MacRae
Vitagraph Company of America Hidden Dangers 15 William Bertram
The Invisible Hand 15 Western William Bowman
The Silent Avenger 15 William Duncan
The Veiled Mystery 15 Western William Bowman, Webster Cullison, Francis J. Grandon and Antonio Moreno
Warner Bros. 'The Lost City 15 Jungle E.A. Martin
1921
Arrow Film Corporation The Blue Fox 15 Duke Worne
Nan of the North 15 Northern Duke Worne
Burston Films Inc. The Great Reward 15 Francis Ford
Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont Parisette Louis Feuillade France French
George B. Seitz Productions Hurricane Hutch 15 George B. Seitz
The Sky Ranger 15 George B. Seitz
Kosmik The Hope Diamond Mystery 15 Stuart Paton
Pathé The Avenging Arrow 15 William Bowman and W.S. Van Dyke Ruth Roland
Double Adventure 15 W.S. Van Dyke
Photoplay Serial Company Mysterious Pearl 15 Ben F. Wilson
Universal Studios The Diamond Queen 18 Edward A. Kull
Do or Die 18 J.P. McGowan
The Secret Four 15 Albert Russell and Perry N. Vekroff
Terror Trail 18 Western Edward A. Kull
The White Horseman 18 Western Albert Russell
Winners of the West 13 Western Edward Laemmle
Vitagraph Company of America Breaking Through 15 Robert Ensminger
Fighting Fate 15 William Duncan
The Purple Riders 15 Western William Bertram
Warner Bros. Miracles of the Jungle 15 Jungle/Adventure James Conway and E.A. Martin Lost film
Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures Corporation The Adventures of Tarzan 15 Jungle
Fantasy
Robert F. Hill and Scott Sidney
1922
George B. Seitz Productions Go Get 'Em Hutch 15 George B. Seitz
Hal Roach Studios Inc. & Ruth Roland Serials The Timber Queen 15 Fred Jackman Ruth Roland
White Eagle 15 Fred Jackman and W.S. Van Dyke Ruth Roland
Star Serial Corporation Captain Kidd 15 Burton L. King and J.P. McGowan
Universal Studios The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe 18 Maritime Robert F. Hill Lost film
In the Days of Buffalo Bill 18 Maritime Edward Laemmle
Perils of the Yukon 15 Northern Jay Marchant, J.P. McGowan and Perry N. Vekroff
The Radio King 10 Robert F. Hill
With Stanley in Africa 18 Jungle William James Craft and Edward A. Kull
Warner Bros. A Dangerous Adventure 15 Jungle Jack L. Warner and Sam Warner Lost film
William N. Selig Productions The Jungle Goddess 15 Jungle James Conway
1923
Arrow Film Corporation The Fighting Skipper 15 Maritime Francis Ford
The Santa Fe Trail 15 Western Ashton Dearholt and Robert Dillon
George B. Seitz Productions Speed 15 George B. Seitz
Plunder 15 George B. Seitz Pearl White
Hal Roach Studios Inc. Her Dangerous Path 10 Roy Clements
Haunted Valley 15 Mystery George Marshall Ruth Roland
Ruth Roland Serials Ruth of the Range 15 Ernest C. Ward, Frank Leon Smith and W.S. Van Dyke Ruth Roland
Universal Studios Around the World in Eighteen Days 12 Robert F. Hill and B. Reeves Eason
Beasts of Paradise 15 William James Craft
The Eagle's Talons 15 Duke Worne
The Ghost City 15 Western Jay Marchant
In the Days of Daniel Boone 15 Western William James Craft
The Oregon Trail 18 Western Edward Laemmle
The Phantom Fortune 12 Robert F. Hill
The Social Buccaneer 10 Maritime Robert F. Hill
The Steel Trail 15 William Duncan
1924
Arrow Film Corporation Riders of the Plains 15 Western Jacques Jaccard
Pathé The Fortieth Door 10 George B. Seitz
Galloping Hoofs 10 Western George B. Seitz
Into the Net 10 George B. Seitz
Leatherstocking 10 Western George B. Seitz
Ten Scars Make a Man 10 William Parke
The Way of a Man 10 Western George B. Seitz
Rayart Pictures Corporation Battling Brewster 15 Dell Henderson
Universal Studios The Fast Express 15 William Duncan
The Fighting Ranger 18 Western Jay Marchant
The Iron Man 15 Jay Marchant
The Riddle Rider 15 Western William James Craft
Wolves of the North 10 Western William Duncan
1925
Adventure Pictures Perils of the Wild 15 Maritime Francis Ford
J. Charles Davis Productions The Mystery Box 10 Alan James
The Power God 15 Science fiction Francis Ford and Ben F. Wilson
Pathé The Green Archer 10 Mystery Spencer Gordon Bennet
The House Without a Key 10 Mystery Spencer Gordon Bennet
Idaho 10 Western Robert F. Hill
Sunken Silver 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
Wild West 10 Western Robert F. Hill
Play Ball 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
Rayart Pictures Corporation The Flame Fighter 10 Robert Dillon
Secret Service Sanders 15 Duke Worne
Universal Studios Ace of Spades 15 Western Henry MacRae
The Great Circus Mystery 15 Jay Marchant
Wild West Productions Days of '49 15 Western
1926
Goodwill Pictures Officer 444 10 Francis Ford and Ben F. Wilson
The Radio Detective 10 William James Craft and William A. Crinley
Holmes Producing Corporation Lightning Hutch 10 Charles Hutchison
The Mystery Pilot 10
Pathé The Bar-C Mystery 10 Western Robert F. Hill
Casey of the Coast Guard 10 Maritime
The Fighting Marine 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
Snowed In 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
Rayart Pictures Corporation The Phantom Police 10 Robert Dillon
Scotty of the Scouts 10 Duke Worne
Trooper 77 10 Duke Worne
Sierra Pictures Vanishing Millions 15 Alan James
Universal Studios The Scarlet Streak 10 Henry MacRae
Fighting With Buffalo Bill 10 Western Ray Taylor
Strings of Steel 10 Henry MacRae
The Winking Idol 10 Western Francis Ford
The Silent Flyer 10 William James Craft Led to the founding of Mascot Pictures and often listed as Mascot's first serial. Produced by Nat Levine and released by Universal.
1927
Hercules Film Productions King of the Jungle 10 Jungle Webster Cullison
Mascot Pictures Heroes of the Wild 10 Western Harry S. Webb First Mascot serial
Isle of Sunken Gold 10 Maritime Harry S. Webb
The Golden Stallion 10 Western Harry S. Webb
New-Cal Film Corporation The Scarlet Brand 10 Neal Hart
Pathé The Crimson Flash 10 Arch Heath
Hawk of the Hills 10 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet
The Masked Menace 10 Arch Heath
Melting Millions 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
On Guard 10 Arch Heath
Rayart Pictures Corporation Fighting For Fame 10 Duke Worne
Société des Cinéromans Belphégor Henri Desfontaines France French
Universal Studios Blake of Scotland Yard 12 Crime Robert F. Hill
The Fire Fighters 10 Jacques Jaccard
The Return of the Riddle Rider 10 Robert F. Hill
The Trail of the Tiger 10 Henry MacRae
Whispering Smith Rides 10 Western Ray Taylor
Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures Corporation Perils of the Jungle 10 Jungle Ray Taylor and Jack Nelson
William I. Pizor Productions The Mansion of Mystery 10 Mystery Robert J. Horner
1928
Goodart Pirates of the Pines 10 Maritime J.C. Cook
Mascot Pictures The Vanishing West 10 Western Richard Thorpe
Vultures of the Sea 10 Maritime Richard Thorpe
Pathé Eagle of the Night 10 Aviation James F. Fulton
The Man Without a Face 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
Mark of the Frog 10 Arch Heath
The Terrible People 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
The Tiger's Shadow 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
The Yellow Cameo 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
Robert J. Horner The Mystery Rider 10 Western Robert J. Horner
The Scarlet Arrow 10
Syndicate Pictures The Chinatown Mystery 10 J.P. McGowan
Universal Studios Haunted Island 10 Fantasy Robert F. Hill
Tarzan the Mighty 15 Jungle
Fantasy
Ray Taylor and Jack Nelson
The Vanishing Rider 12 Western Ray Taylor
Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures Corporation The Mysterious Airman 10 Aviation Harry Revier
1929
Mascot Pictures The Fatal Warning 10 Mystery Richard Thorpe
The King of the Kongo 10 Jungle Richard Thorpe First serial with sound
Pathé The Black Book 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
The Fire Detective 10 Spencer Gordon Bennet
Queen of the Northwoods 10 Northern Spencer Gordon Bennet
Universal Studios The Diamond Master 10 Jack Nelson
A Final Reckoning 12 Western Ray Taylor
The Pirate of Panama 12 Maritime Ray Taylor
The Ace of Scotland Yard 10 Mystery Ray Taylor First Part-Sound Universal serial
Tarzan the Tiger 15 Jungle
Fantasy
Henry MacRae
Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures Corporation Police Reporter 10 Jack Nelson

1930s[edit]

Production Company Title Chapters Genre Director Cast Notes
1930
Ben Wilson Productions The Voice from the Sky 10 Science fiction Ben F. Wilson
Mascot Pictures The Lone Defender 12 Western Richard Thorpe Rin Tin Tin
Talking Picture Epics Inc. Across the World with Mr & Mrs Martin Johnson Documentary James Leo Meehan
Hunting Tigers in India Documentary James Leo Meehan
Universal Studios The Jade Box 10 Fantasy
Mystery
Ray Taylor
The Lightning Express 10 Western Henry MacRae
Terry of the Times 10 Henry MacRae
The Indians are Coming 12 Western Henry MacRae Tim McCoy First all-talking serial
1931
Mascot Pictures The Phantom of the West 10 Western D. Ross Lederman Tom Tyler
King of the Wild 12 Jungle B. Reeves Eason and Richard Thorpe Boris Karloff
The Vanishing Legion 12 Western Ford Beebe and B. Reeves Eason
The Galloping Ghost 12 Sports Reaves Eason Harold "Red" Grange
The Lightning Warrior 12 Western Benjamin H. Kline and Armand Schaefer Rin Tin Tin
Metropolitan Pictures The Sign of the Wolf 10 Western Forrest Sheldon and Harry S. Webb Rex Lease
Syndicate Pictures The Mystery Trooper 10 Western Stuart Paton and Harry S. Webb
Universal Studios Finger Prints 10 Ray Taylor
Heroes of the Flames 12 Robert F. Hill Tim McCoy
Danger Island 12 Jungle Ray Taylor
Battling with Buffalo Bill 12 Western Ray Taylor
The Spell of the Circus 12 Robert F. Hill
1932
Mascot Pictures The Shadow of the Eagle 12 Crime Ford Beebe and B. Reeves Eason John Wayne
The Last of the Mohicans 12 Western Ford Beebe and B. Reeves Eason Harry Carey
The Hurricane Express 12 Crime J.P. McGowan and Armand Schaefer John Wayne
The Devil Horse 12 Western Otto Brower Harry Carey
RKO Radio Pictures (produced by Van Beuren Productions) The Last Frontier 12 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Lon Chaney, Jr. (as Creighton Chaney)
Universal Studios Detective Lloyd 12 Crime Ray Taylor and Henry MacRae Jack Lloyd British cast and co-production, released in Europe as Lloyd of the C.I.D.
The Airmail Mystery 12 Aviation Ray Taylor James Flavin
Heroes of the West 12 Western Ray Taylor
The Jungle Mystery 12 Jungle Ray Taylor
The Lost Special 12 Western Henry MacRae
1933
Mascot Pictures The Whispering Shadow 12 Colbert Clark and Albert Herman Béla Lugosi
The Three Musketeers 12 Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer John Wayne, Lon Chaney Jr.
Fighting with Kit Carson 12 Western Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer
The Wolf Dog 12 Western Colbert Clark and Harry L. Fraser Rin Tin Tin
The Mystery Squadron 12 Aviation Colbert Clark and David Howard Bob Steele
Principal Pictures Tarzan the Fearless 12 Jungle
Fantasy
Robert F. Hill Buster Crabbe
The Return of Chandu 12 Fantasy Ray Taylor Béla Lugosi
Universal Studios Clancy of the Mounted 12 Northern Ray Taylor
The Phantom of the Air 12 Aviation Ray Taylor
Gordon of Ghost City 12 Western Ray Taylor Buck Jones
The Perils of Pauline 12 Damsel in distress Ray Taylor Evelyn Knapp
1934
Mascot Pictures The Lost Jungle 12 Jungle David Howard and Armand Schaefer Clyde Beatty
Burn 'Em Up Barnes 12 Sports Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer Jack Mulhall, Frankie Darro
The Law of the Wild 12 B. Reeves Eason and Armand Schaefer Rin Tin Tin
Mystery Mountain 12 Western Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason Ken Maynard, Gene Autry
Romance Productions Incorporated Young Eagles 12 Spencer Gordon Bennet Bobby Cox
Universal Studios Pirate Treasure 12 Maritime Ray Taylor Richard Talmadge
The Vanishing Shadow 12 Science fiction Lew Landers Onslow Stevens
The Red Rider 15 Western Lew Landers Buck Jones
Tailspin Tommy 12 Aviation Lew Landers Maurice Murphy
1935
Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises The New Adventures of Tarzan 12 Jungle
Fantasy
Edward A. Kull Herman Brix
Mascot Pictures The Phantom Empire 12 Western, Fantasy Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason Gene Autry
The Miracle Rider 15 Western Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason Tom Mix
The Adventures of Rex and Rinty 12 B. Reeves Eason and Ford Beebe Rin Tin Tin. Rex, the Wonder Horse
The Fighting Marines 12 B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane Grant Withers, Adrian Morris Last Mascot serial - merged into Republic Pictures
Screen Attractions Queen of the Jungle 12 Jungle Robert F. Hill Mary Kornman
Super Serial Productions Inc. The Lost City 12 Fantasy Harry Revier Kane Richmond
Universal Studios Rustlers of Red Dog 12 Western Lew Landers Johnny Mack Brown
The Call of the Savage 12 Jungle
Fantasy
Lew Landers Noah Beery, Jr.
The Roaring West 15 Western Ray Taylor Buck Jones
Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery 12 Aviation Ray Taylor Clark Williams
1936
Beginning of the Golden Age of Serials[1]
Republic Pictures Darkest Africa 15 Jungle B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane Clyde Beatty First Republic serial
Undersea Kingdom 12 Fantasy B. Reeves Eason and Joseph Kane Ray Corrigan
The Vigilantes Are Coming 12 Western Ray Taylor and Mack V. Wright Hoot Gibson
Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island 14 Maritime Ray Taylor and Mack V. Wright Ray Mala
Stage & Screen Productions (Weiss Bros.) Custer's Last Stand 15 Western Elmer Clifton Rex Lease
Stage & Screen Productions (Weiss Bros.) The Clutching Hand 15 Mystery Albert Herman Jack Mulhall, Mae Busch
Stage & Screen Productions (Weiss Bros.) The Black Coin 15 Mystery Albert Herman Dave O'Brien
Universal Studios The Adventures of Frank Merriwell 12 Sports Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith Donald Briggs, Jean Rogers
Flash Gordon 13 Science fiction Frederick Stephani Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
The Phantom Rider 15 Western Ray Taylor Buck Jones
Ace Drummond 15 Aviation Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith John King
Victory Pictures (Sam Katzman) Shadow of Chinatown 15 Mystery, Yellow peril Robert F. Hill Béla Lugosi, Herman Brix
1937
Columbia Pictures Jungle Menace 15 Jungle Harry L. Fraser and George Melford Frank Buck First Columbia serial (produced by Weiss Bros.)
The Mysterious Pilot 15 Aviation Spencer Gordon Bennet Frank Hawks Produced by Weiss Bros.
Republic Pictures Dick Tracy 15 Crime Alan James Ralph Byrd
The Painted Stallion 12 Western Alan James Ray Corrigan
S.O.S. Coast Guard 12 Maritime, Science fiction Alan James Béla Lugosi, Ralph Byrd
Zorro Rides Again 12 Western William Witney John Carroll
Universal Studios Jungle Jim 12 Jungle Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith
Secret Agent X-9 12 Crime Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith Scott Kolk
Wild West Days 13 Western Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith Johnny Mack Brown
Radio Patrol 12 Crime Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith Grant Withers
Tim Tyler's Luck 12 Jungle Ford Beebe and Wyndham Gittens Frankie Thomas
Victory Pictures (Sam Katzman) Blake of Scotland Yard 15 Crime Robert F. Hill Ralph Byrd Last independent American serial
1938
Columbia Pictures The Secret of Treasure Island 15 Jungle Elmer Clifton Don Terry, Walter Miller Last serial produced by Weiss Bros.
The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok 15 Western Mack V. Wright and Sam Nelson
The Spider's Web 15 Superhero Ray Taylor and James W. Horne Warren Hull
Republic Pictures The Lone Ranger 15 Western William Witney and John English Lee Powell
The Fighting Devil Dogs 12 Science fiction William Witney and John English Lee Powell
Dick Tracy Returns 15 Crime William Witney and John English Ralph Byrd
Hawk of the Wilderness 12 Jungle William Witney and John English Herman Brix, Ray Mala
Universal Studios Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars 15 Science fiction Frederick Stephani Buster Crabbe
Flaming Frontiers 15 Western Alan James and Ray Taylor Johnny Mack Brown
Red Barry 13 Crime Alan James Buster Crabbe
1939
Columbia Pictures Flying G-Men 15 Aviation Ray Taylor and James W. Horne Robert Paige
Mandrake the Magician 12 Fantasy Sam Nelson and Norman Deming Warren Hull
Overland with Kit Carson 15 Western Sam Nelson and Norman Deming
Republic Pictures The Lone Ranger Rides Again 15 Western William Witney and John English Robert Livingston
Daredevils of the Red Circle 12 Adventure William Witney and John English Charles Quigley, Herman Brix
Dick Tracy's G-Men 15 Crime William Witney and John English Ralph Byrd, Phylis Isley (Jennifer Jones)
Zorro's Fighting Legion 12 Western William Witney and John English Reed Hadley
Universal Studios Scouts to the Rescue 12 Adventure Alan James and Ray Taylor Jackie Cooper
Buck Rogers 12 Science fiction Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind Buster Crabbe
The Oregon Trail 15 Western Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind Johnny Mack Brown
The Phantom Creeps 12 Science fiction Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind Béla Lugosi

1940s[edit]

Production Company Title Chapters Genre Director Cast Notes
1940
Columbia Pictures The Shadow 15 Crime James W. Horne Victor Jory
Terry and the Pirates 15 Jungle James W. Horne William Tracy, Granville Owen
Deadwood Dick 15 Western James W. Horne Don Douglas
The Green Archer 15 Mystery James W. Horne Victor Jory
Republic Pictures Drums of Fu Manchu 15 Yellow Peril
Mystery
William Witney and John English Henry Brandon
Adventures of Red Ryder 12 Western William Witney and John English Don "Red" Barry
King of the Royal Mounted 12 Northern William Witney and John English Allan Lane
Mysterious Doctor Satan 15 Superhero William Witney and John English Eduardo Ciannelli
Universal Studios The Green Hornet 13 Crime/Superhero Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Gordon Jones
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe 12 Science fiction Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Buster Crabbe
Winners of the West 13 Western Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Dick Foran, Anne Nagel
Junior G-Men 12 Crime John Rawlins and Ford Beebe Dead End Kids
1941
Columbia Pictures White Eagle 15 Western James W. Horne Buck Jones
The Spider Returns 15 Crime James W. Horne Warren Hull
The Iron Claw 15 Mystery James W. Horne Charles Quigley
Holt of the Secret Service 15 Crime James W. Horne Jack Holt, Evelyn Brent
Republic Pictures Adventures of Captain Marvel 12 Superhero William Witney and John English Tom Tyler First Superhero film
Jungle Girl 15 Jungle William Witney and John English Frances Gifford
King of the Texas Rangers 12 Western William Witney and John English Slingin' Sammy Baugh
Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. 15 Crime William Witney and John English Ralph Byrd Also known as Dick Tracy vs. Phantom Empire
Universal Studios The Green Hornet Strikes Again! 15 Crime/Superhero John Rawlins and Ford Beebe Warren Hull
Sky Raiders 12 Aviation Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Billy Halop, Donald Woods
Riders of Death Valley 15 Western Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Buck Jones, Dick Foran
Sea Raiders 12 Maritime Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe The Dead End Kids
1942
Columbia Pictures Captain Midnight 15 Aviation James W. Horne Dave O'Brien
Perils of the Royal Mounted 15 Northern James W. Horne Robert Kellard
The Secret Code 15 Crime Spencer Gordon Bennet Paul Kelly
The Valley of Vanishing Men 15 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet William Elliott
Republic Pictures Spy Smasher 12 War Superhero William Witney Kane Richmond
Perils of Nyoka 15 Jungle
Fantasy
William Witney Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore
King of the Mounties 12 Northern William Witney Allan Lane
Universal Studios Don Winslow of the Navy 12 Maritime Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Don Terry
Gang Busters 13 Crime Ray Taylor and Noel M. Smith Kent Taylor. Irene Hervey
Junior G-Men of the Air 12 Aviation Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins The Dead End Kids
Overland Mail 15 Western John Rawlins and Ford Beebe Lon Chaney, Jr.
1943
Columbia Pictures Batman 15 Superhero Lambert Hillyer Lewis Wilson
The Phantom 15 Jungle Superhero B. Reeves Eason Tom Tyler
Republic Pictures G-Men vs The Black Dragon 15 Spy Spencer Gordon Bennet Rod Cameron
Daredevils of the West 12 Western John English
Secret Service in Darkest Africa 15 Spy Spencer Gordon Bennet Rod Cameron
The Masked Marvel 12 Superhero Spencer Gordon Bennet Tom Steele, David Bacon
Universal Studios The Adventures of Smilin' Jack 13 War Aviation Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Tom Brown and Keye Luke
Don Winslow of the Coast Guard 13 War Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Don Terry
Adventures of the Flying Cadets 13 Aviation Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Johnny Downs, Billy Benedict
1944
Columbia Pictures The Desert Hawk 15 Adventure B. Reeves Eason Gilbert Roland
Black Arrow 15 Western B. Reeves Eason and Lew Landers Robert Scott
Republic Pictures Captain America 15 Superhero Elmer Clifton and John English Dick Purcell
The Tiger Woman 12 Jungle Spencer Gordon Bennet Linda Stirling
Haunted Harbor also known as Pirates' Harbor 15 Fantasy
Maritime
Spencer Gordon Bennet Kane Richmond
Zorro's Black Whip 12 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Linda Stirling
Universal Studios The Great Alaskan Mystery 13 Mystery Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Milburn Stone
Raiders of Ghost City 13 Western Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Dennis Moore
Mystery of the River Boat 13 Western Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Robert Lowery. Mantan Moreland
1945
End of the Golden Age of Serials[1]
Columbia Pictures Brenda Starr, Reporter 13 Crime Wallace Fox Joan Woodbury
The Monster and the Ape 15 Science fiction Howard Bretherton Robert Lowery
Jungle Raiders 15 Jungle Lesley Selander Kane RIchmond
Who's Guilty? 15 Mystery Howard Bretherton and Wallace Grissell
Republic Pictures Manhunt of Mystery Island 15 Jungle science fiction Spencer Gordon Bennet Linda Stirling
Federal Operator 99 12 Crime Spencer Gordon Bennet Marten Lamont
The Purple Monster Strikes 15 Science fiction Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon Linda Stirling
Universal Studios Jungle Queen 13 Jungle Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Ruth Roman
The Master Key 13 Crime Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Milburn Stone
Secret Agent X-9 13 Spy Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Lloyd Bridges
The Royal Mounted Rides Again 13 Northern Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Peter Cookson
1946
Columbia Pictures Hop Harrigan 15 Aviation Derwin Abrahams William Bakewell
Chick Carter, Detective 15 Crime Derwin Abrahams Lyle Talbot
Son of the Guardsman 15 Medieval Derwin Abrahams
Republic Pictures The Phantom Rider 12 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Peggy Stewart
King of the Forest Rangers 12 Northern Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon
Daughter of Don Q 12 Crime Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon Kirk Alyn
The Crimson Ghost 12 Science fiction William Witney and Fred C. Brannon Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling
Universal Studios The Scarlet Horseman 13 Western Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Paul Guilfoyle
Lost City of the Jungle 13 Jungle Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins Lionel Atwill, Keye Luke
The Mysterious Mr. M 13 Science fiction Lewis D. Collins and Vernon Keays Dennis Moore Last Universal serial
1947
Columbia Pictures Jack Armstrong 15 Science fiction Wallace Fox John Hart. Charles Middleton
The Vigilante 15 Western Wallace Fox Ralph Byrd
The Sea Hound 15 War Walter B. Eason and Mack V. Wright Buster Crabbe
Brick Bradford 15 Science fiction Spencer Gordon Bennet Kane Richmond
Republic Pictures Son of Zorro 13 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon George Turner
Jesse James Rides Again 13 Western Fred C. Brannon Clayton Moore. Linda Stirling
The Black Widow 13 Science fiction,
Fantasy
Spencer Gordon Bennet and Fred C. Brannon Bruce Edwards
1948
Columbia Pictures Tex Granger 15 Western Derwin Abrahams
Superman 15 Superhero Spencer Gordon Bennet Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill
Congo Bill 15 Jungle Spencer Gordon Bennet Don McGuire
Republic Pictures G-Men Never Forget 12 Crime Fred C. Brannon Clayton Moore
Dangers of the Canadian Mounted 12 Northern Fred C. Brannon
Adventures of Frank and Jesse James 13 Western Fred C. Brannon Clayton Moore
1949
Columbia Pictures Bruce Gentry 15 Science fiction Spencer Gordon Bennet Tom Neal
Batman and Robin 15 Superhero Spencer Gordon Bennet Robert Lowery
Adventures of Sir Galahad 15 Fantasy Spencer Gordon Bennet George Reeves
Republic Pictures Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc 12 Crime Fred C. Brannon Kirk Alyn
Ghost of Zorro 12 Western Fred C. Brannon Clayton Moore
King of the Rocket Men 12 Science fiction Fred C. Brannon Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke
The James Brothers of Missouri 12 Western Fred C. Brannon Noel Neill
Radar Patrol vs Spy King 12 Spy Fred C. Brannon Kirk Alyn

1950s[edit]

Production Company Title Chapters Genre Director Cast Notes
1950
Columbia Pictures Cody of the Pony Express 15 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Jock Mahoney
Atom Man vs. Superman 15 Superhero Spencer Gordon Bennet Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill
Pirates of the High Seas 15 Maritime Spencer Gordon Bennet Buster Crabbe
Great Britain Instructional The Mystery of the Snakeskin Belt Frank Cadman United Kingdom British; Last independent serial
Republic Pictures The Invisible Monster 12 Science fiction Fred C. Brannon Richard Webb
Desperadoes of the West 12 Western Fred C. Brannon Richard Powers (Tom Keene)
Flying Disc Man from Mars 12 Science fiction Fred C. Brannon Walter Reed
1951
Columbia Pictures Roar of the Iron Horse 15 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Jock Mahoney
Mysterious Island 15 Science fiction,
Fantasy
Spencer Gordon Bennet Richard Crane
Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere 15 Science fiction Spencer Gordon Bennet Judd Holdren Only serial adapted from a television programme
Republic Pictures Don Daredevil Rides Again 12 Western Fred C. Brannon Ken Curtis Includes footage from Zorro's Black Whip
Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion 12 Spy Fred C. Brannon Walter Reed
1952
Columbia Pictures King of the Congo 15 Jungle
Fantasy
Spencer Gordon Bennet Buster Crabbe
Blackhawk 15 Aviation Spencer Gordon Bennet Kirk Alyn
Son of Geronimo 15 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Clayton Moore
Republic Pictures Radar Men from the Moon 12 Science fiction Fred C. Brannon George D. Wallace
Zombies of the Stratosphere 12 Science fiction Fred C. Brannon Judd Holdren, Leonard Nimoy
1953
Columbia Pictures The Lost Planet 15 Science fiction Spencer Gordon Bennet Judd Holdren
The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd 15 Maritime Derwin Abrahams and Charles S. Gould Richard Crane
Republic Pictures Jungle Drums of Africa 12 Jungle Fred C. Brannon Phyllis Coates, Clayton Moore
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe 12 Science fiction Franklin Adreon and Fred C. Brannon Judd Holdren and Richard Crane Not technically a serial - produced as a television series but initially released as a serial
Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders 12 Northern spy Franklin Adreon Bill Henry
1954
Columbia Pictures Gunfighters of the Northwest 15 Northern Spencer Gordon Bennet Clayton Moore
Riding with Buffalo Bill 15 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Marshall Reed Includes footage from Deadwood Dick
Republic Pictures Trader Tom of the China Seas 12 Maritime Franklin Adreon Phyllis Coates, Harry Lauter
Man with the Steel Whip 12 Western Franklin Adreon Richard Simmons Includes footage from Zorro's Black Whip
1955
Columbia Pictures The Adventures of Captain Africa 15 Jungle Spencer Gordon Bennet John Hart Intended as a sequel to The Phantom; includes footage from The Phantom, Jungle Menace, and The Desert Hawk
Republic Pictures Panther Girl of the Kongo 12 Jungle Franklin Adreon Phyllis Coates Includes footage from Perils of Nyoka
King of the Carnival 12 Crime Franklin Adreon Harry Lauter Last Republic serial. Includes footage from Daredevils of the Red Circle
1956
Columbia Pictures Perils of the Wilderness 15 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Dennis Moore includes footage from Perils of the Royal Mounted
Blazing the Overland Trail 15 Western Spencer Gordon Bennet Dennis Moore, Lee Roberts Last Columbia serial; last major-studio serial. Includes footage from White Eagle

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Images - The Golden Age of the Serial, retrieved 29th June 2007

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