1944 - 15 Chapters
Captain America is a 1944 Republic black-and-white serial film based (loosely)
on the comic book character Captain America. It was the last Republic serial
made about a superhero. It also has the distinction of being the most expensive
serial that Republic ever made.
The serial sees Captain America, really District Attorney Grant Gardner, trying
to thwart the plans of The Scarab, really museum curator Dr. Cyrus Maldor
especially regarding his attempts to acquire the "Dynamic Vibrator" and
"Electronic Fire Bolt", devices that could be used as super-weapons.
In a rare plot element for Republic, the secret identity of the villain is known
to the audience from the beginning, if not to the characters in the serial. The
studio's usual approach was the use of a mystery villain who was only unmasked
as one of the other supporting characters in the final chapter.
A rash of suspicious suicides among scientists and businessmen, all found holding
a small scarab, gets the attention of Mayor Randolph. He demands that Police
Commissioner Dryden and District Attorney Grant Gardner get to the bottom of
the case, while openly wishing that Captain America, a masked man who has
helped defeat crime in the past, were around to solve the mystery. Gail investigates
and realizes someone knows of the purple death. However he then pulls out a gun
and takes her into another room. He then orders an associate to tie her up. The
D.A. realizes she is there and forces the man to take him to her. He finds her tied
up and gagged. He frees her but it is threatened that the purple death will be
dropped killing them all. But the D.A. shoots him then gets out of the room with
All of the suicides were members of an expedition to some Mayan ruins. One of
the few remaining survivors, Professor Lyman, turns to his friend Dr. Maldor for
support. Dr. Maldor, however, reveals that he is the man responsible for the deaths.
He wants revenge because he planned and organized the expedition but everyone
else claimed the fame and fortune. However, Lyman has developed the "Dynamic
Vibrator" - a device intended for mining operations but one that can be amplified
into a devastating weapon. Using his "Purple Death", a hypnotic chemical responsible
for the suicides, Dr. Maldor forces Lyman to disclose the location of his plans.
Captain America intervenes as the Scarab's heavies attempt to steal the plans and
this leads to a sequence of plots by the Scarab to acquire a working version, as well
as other devices, while trying to eliminate the interfering Captain before he succeedsin discovering Dr. Maldor's true identity or defeats him.
Dick Purcell as District Attorney Grant Gardner and Captain America.
Lorna Gray as Gail Richards, Grant Gardner's secretary
Lionel Atwill as Dr Cyrus Maldor/The Scarab
Charles Trowbridge as Police Commissioner Dryden
Russell Hicks as Mayor Randolph
George J. Lewis as Bart Matson
John Davidson as Gruber
Stanley Price as Purple Death chemist
The Purple Death
The Scarlet Shroud
Preview of Murder
Blade of Wrath
Vault of Vengeance
Cremation in the Clouds
The Avenging Corpse
The Dead Man Returns
Horror on the Highway
The Scarab Strikes
The Toll of Doom
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Your Serial comes on a DVD-R in
a Paper Protective Sleeve with Color
Artwork on the DVD.
Please keep in mind that this movie is of
very good quality for its age, but is over 75 years old.
This is Not HD quality and may not look that great on your large
flat screen TV.
This Classic Serial is in the Public
February 5, 1944
Entered public domain on 1 January 1971