Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Coming Attractions

Republic Pictures released Captain America, its final superhero serial, on this date in 1944. The 15-chapter escapade features the first live-action adaptation of a Marvel Comics (known as Timely Comics then) character. Dick Purcell portrays the gun-totting(!) Captain America (a.k.a. Grant Gardner) with Lorna Gray as Gail Richards and Lionel Atwill as Dr. Cyrus Maldor (a.k.a. the Scarab). Other cast members include Charles Trowbridge (Police commissioner Dryden), Russell Hicks (Mayor Randolph), George Lewis (Bart Matson), John Davidson (Gruber). and prolific serial actor Stanley Price (chemist).

Note: the above trailer is from the serial’s 1953 re-release as Return of Captain America.

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