The Last Frontier is a 12-chapter serial, distributed by RKO Radio Pictures in 1932. The serial starred Lon Chaney, Jr. as the zorro-esque hero The Black Ghost. Dorothy Gulliver was the leading female star. The total running time of the serial is 213 minutes.
Tarzan the Fearless (1933) is a 12 chapter film serial starring Buster Crabbe in his only appearance as Tarzan. It was also released as a 71-minute feature film which consisted of the first four chapters of the serial version. Co-starring was actress Jacqueline Wells, who later changed her name to Julie Bishop. The serial was produced by Sol Lesser, written by Basil Dickey, George Plympton and Walter Anthony (based on the character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs), and directed by Robert F. Hill. The film was released in both formats on August 11, 1933.
Les Vampires is a 1915-16 French silent crime serial film written and directed by Louis Feuillade. Set in Paris, it stars Édouard Mathé, Musidora and Marcel Lévesque and follows a journalist and his friend who become involved in trying to uncover and stop a bizarre underground Apache gang, known as The Vampires (who are not the mythological beings their name suggests). It consists of ten episodes, which vary greatly in length. It was produced and distributed by Feuillade's company Gaumont. Being roughly 6.5 hours long, it is considered one of the longest films ever made. Due to its stylistic similarities with Feuillade's other crime serials Fantômas and Judex they often considered a trilogy.
The Return of Chandu is a 1934 American film serial in 12 episodes based on the radio series Chandu the Magician (radio). It was directed by Ray Taylor and starred Béla Lugosi as Frank Chandler (aka Chandu the Magician). In 1935, the serial was edited down from 208 minutes to two 65 minute features, and was released as The Return of Chandu and Chandu on the Magic Island.
The New Adventures of Tarzan is a 1935 American film serial in 12 chapters starring Herman Brix. The serial is a more authentic version of the character than most other adaptations, with Tarzan as a cultured and well educated gentleman as in the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. It was filmed during the same period as the Johnny Weissmuller/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Tarzan films. Film exhibitors had the choice of selecting the serial or the episodes edited into two separate films, The New Adventures of Tarzan and Tarzan and the Green Goddess.
Nick Carter, le roi des détectives (1908) is a French silent serial film based on the popular American novels featuring the master-detective Nick Carter. It was directed by Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset for the Éclair company. It was released in six episodes, each of which told a complete story, but their release was timed at approximately fortnightly intervals to create a sense of continuity with the audience. The stories were set in Paris.
Fantômas is a French silent crime film serial directed by Louis Feuillade, based on the novel of the same name. The five episodes were released in 1913–14.
Judex is the title of a 1916 silent French movie serial concerning the adventures of Judex, who is a pulp hero, similar to The Shadow, created by Louis Feuillade and Arthur Bernède.
Queen of the Jungle (1935) is an independent film serial produced by Herman Wohl and released theatrically by Screen Attractions.
Custer's Last Stand is a 1936 American film serial based on the historical Custer's Last Stand at the Little Bighorn River. It was produced by the Poverty Row studio Stage & Screen Productions, which went bust shortly afterwards as a victim of the Great Depression. This serial stars many famous and popular B-Western actors as well as silent serial star Helen Gibson.
Tih Minh is a 1918 French film serial directed by Louis Feuillade.
The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple is a Chinese silent film serial directed by Zhang Shichuan. The film, adapted from the novel The Tale of the Extraordinary Swordsman, focuses on the rescue of a commander held captive in a temple full of traps.
The Crimson Stain Mystery is a 1916 American horror film serial directed by T. Hayes Hunter.
The Lost City is an independently made film serial produced in 1935 directed by Harry Revier.
Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes is a 1910 German drama film serial directed by Viggo Larsen.
The Voice from the Sky is a 1930 science fiction film serial directed by Ben F. Wilson. The film was considered to be a lost film, but was recently rediscovered. This is the first serial film to have full sound.
Parisette is a 1921 French drama film serial directed by Louis Feuillade.
Stingray Sam is a 2009 space-western/musical serial film, directed by and starring Cory McAbee. The film premiered on January 20, 2009 at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival as part of the New Frontier program. This is Cory McAbee's latest film after he was not able to secure financing for what was to be his second feature Werewolf Hunters of the Midwest.
BloodSpell is a 2006 fantasy film produced by Strange Company. BloodSpell employs filming techniques known as machinima, and is the first feature-length production to use BioWare's Aurora Engine, developed for the role-playing video game Neverwinter Nights, to generate the video portion of the film. The film was serially released in short episodes under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License, which allows for redistribution, modification, and creation of fan fiction. Strange Company have asserted somewhat controversially that, as of 2006, BloodSpell, was the largest machinima production.
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Le p'tit Parigot (The Small Parisian One) is a 1926 French movie serial in six parts.
Lord John in New York was a 1915 American silent mystery film directed by Edward J. Le Saint based on a story by A.M. Williamson. Starring William Garwood in the lead role. The film is now considered lost.
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