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Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941)
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Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941) On a scientific expedition to Siam young Billy Batson is given the ability to change himself into the super-powered Captain Marvel by the wizard Shazam, who tells him his powers will last only as long as the Golden Scorpion idol is threatened. Finding the idol, the scientists realize it could be the most powerful weapon in the world and remove the lenses that energize it, distributing them among themselves so that no one would be able to use the idol by himself. Back in the US, Billy Batson, as Captain Marvel, wages a battle against an evil, hooded figure, the Scorpion, who hopes to accumulate all five lenses, thereby gaining control of the super-powerful weapon.

Movie Tagline:
THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN CARTOONLAND BECOMES THE STRONGEST MAN ON THE SCREEN! All others pale in the light of this human fortress who finds no barrier too great in his amazing fight for justice.

Also Known As:
Return of Captain Marvel

Title: Adventures Of Captain Marvel
Release Date: March 28, 1941
Runtime: 216 mins
Genre: Adventure
All Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A

MPAA Rating: Passed

John English
William Witney

Tom Tyler ...Captain Marvel
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...Billy Batson (as Frank Coghlan, Jr.)
William 'Billy' Benedict ...Whitey Murphy (as William Benedict)
Louise Currie ...Betty Wallace
Robert Strange ...John Malcolm
Harry Worth ...Prof. Luther Bentley
Bryant Washburn ...Harry Carlyle [Ch. 1-3]
John Davidson ...Tal Chotali
George Pembroke ...Dr. Stephen Lang [Ch. 1-9]
George Lynn ...Prof. Dwight Fisher [Ch. 1-6] (as Peter George...
Reed Hadley ...Rahman Bar [Ch. 1,11-12]
Jack Mulhall ...Howell [Ch. 1]
Kenne Duncan ...Barnett (chief henchman) [Ch. 2-10] (as Kenneth...
Nigel De Brulier ...Shazam [Ch. 1]
John Bagni ...Henchman Cowan [Ch. 2-10]
Carleton young ...Henchman Martin [Ch. 3-9]
Leyland Hodgson ...Maj. Rawley [Ch. 1] (as Leland Hodgson)
Stanley Price ...Owens (henchman-driver) [Ch. 3-5]
Ernest Sarracino ...Akbar [Ch. 11-12]
Tetsu Komai ...Chan Lai [Ch. 4]
Wilson Benge ...Benson (Lang's Butler) [Ch. 8]
Lynton Brent ...Lefty (Heavy at Lang's Estate) [Ch. 8]
Earle D. Bunn ...Dam Heavy 1 [Ch. 7]
Ed Cassidy ...Dodge, Captain of 'The Carfax' [Ch. 10]
Steve Clemente ...Native 5
Armand Cortes ...Hamid (the Wise Man) [Ch. 12]
Victor Cox ...Henchman
Dick Crockett ...Bridge Heavy [Ch. 2]
Joe De La Cruz ...Native 6
Eddie Dew ...Cavalry Lieutenant [Ch. 1]

» [more cast members]

Hiram S. Brown Jr.

Bill Parker
C.C. Beck
Ronald Davidson
Norman S. Hall
Arch Heath
Joseph F. Poland
Sol Shor

Cy Feuer

More Movie Taglines:
  • THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN CARTOONLAND BECOMES THE STRONGEST MAN ON THE SCREEN! All others pale in the light of this human fortress who finds no barrier too great in his amazing fight for justice.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Opening crawl: In a remote section of Siam, near the Burmese border, lies a desolate, volcanic land which has for centuries been taboo to white men - The Valley of Tombs! To this realm of mystery, jealously guarded by native tribes unconquered since the dawn of time, has come the Malcolm Archaeological Expedition to find the lost secret of the Scorpion Dynasty.
  • [first lines] [sound of a huge gong omninously echoes down the valley] Billy Batson: What's that, Mr. Howell? Howell [Ch. 1]: I don't know, Billy - let's find out. What do you make of that cymbal, Malcolm? John Malcolm: I don't know, Howell. Does it mean anything to you, Tal Chotali? Tal Chotali: The men of the hills are gathering. The cymbal says that the white men are to be driven from the Valley of Tombs.
  • Tal Chotali: What causes this attack? Rahman Bar [Ch. 1,11-12]: The legend, Towana. The white man shall not desecrate the Valley of Tombs. Tal Chotali: That is not the true legend. When there is desecration, Scorpio will erupt. [Tal Chotali gestures towards a smoking volcano] Tal Chotali: See for yourself, there is no eruption. You have spilled blood without reason. Return to your people and counsel them to await a sign from Scorpio! Rahman Bar [Ch. 1,11-12]: I will do as you say, Toawana. The true legend must not be violated. But the white men must leave. There is a curse that says that any white man who enters the Valley of Tombs shall die.
  • Tal Chotali: The chief warns us that no permit can protect us from the curse of the Scorpion if we enter the inner tomb.
  • [On the inner tomb, the archeologists discover a carving of a Scorpion with ancient writing surrounding it] John Malcolm: Why, there's an inscription here! Can you translate it, Tal Chotali? Tal Chotali: Why, yes, I can translate it. It say, "Let what reposes behind this stone remain hidden from the eyes of mankind... for all time."
Movie Trivia:
  • Superman was originally considered for this project, however, when National Periodical Publications (now known as DC Comics) turned Republic down, the producers made the offer to Fawcett Comics for their top character and was accepted.
  • This was the first depiction of a comic book super hero on film.
  • The effect of Captain Marvel flying was achieved by filming an over-sized dummy that was slid along a fine wire
  • Captain Marvel's costume, which is red in comic books, was actually blue/gray in order to photograph better in black and white
  • Chapter Titles: - 1. Curse of the Scorpion - 2. The Guillotine - 3. Time Bomb - 4. Death Takes the Wheel - 5. The Scorpion Strikes - 6. Lens of Death - 7. Human Targets - 8. Boomerang - 9. Dead Man's Trap - 10.Doom Ship - 11.Valley of Death - 12.Captain Marvel's Secret
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