Category Archives: The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review

The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: King of the Rocket Men

Basic Story Line Professor King uses an atomic powered rocket suit to fight Dr. Vulcan who is killing off his colleagues and stealing their inventions. Quick Facts Released in 1949 Directed by Fred C. Brannon Written by Royal Cole, William … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: The Return of Chandu

Basic Story Line Chandu, a man with mystical powers, must protect a princess from a group of black sorcerers who wish to sacrifice her and resurrect their high priestess. Quick Facts Released in 1934 Directed by Ray Taylor Written by … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: Sky Raiders

Basic Story Line Sky Raiders is an aircraft development and manufacturing plant that is charged with designing and building an ultra-fast pursuit plane for the army. Foreign agents are trying to steal the prototype for their own use. Quick Facts … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: Manhunt of Mystery Island

Basic Story Line Professor Forrest has been kidnapped by a man posing as the long dead pirate, Captain Mephisto, and is being forced to finish is work on an energy beam that will revolutionize industry as we know it. His … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: The Whispering Shadow

Welcome to my 30th Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review. I think we should all celebrate this milestone with cake and ice cream. Basic Story Line A priceless set of crown jewels are hidden in The Empire Transport Corporation’s warehouse and … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: The Phantom

Basic Story Line Godfrey Prescott has been called to take the place of his father as, The Phantom, the guardian of the jungle, just as a group of unscrupulous criminals try to use the natives to build an air base. … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: Ace Drummond

Basic Story Line Flying G-Man Ace Drummond is sent into Mongolia to investigate a series of mysterious plane crashes caused by a terrorist known only as The Dragon. Quick Facts Released in 1936 Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: The Phantom Creeps

Basic Story Line Both government agents and foreign spies are after a mad scientist who has discovered an element of great power. Quick Facts Released in 1939 Directed by Ford Beebe, Saul Goodkind Written by Wyllis Cooper, George Plympton, Basil … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: Les Vampires

Warning! As with Zombies of the Stratosphere and Zorro’s Black Whip, the film serial Les Vampires may not contain any actual vampires. Basic Story Line A young reporter’s life is in danger as he investigates a ruthless gang of criminals … Continue reading

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The Back Row’s Weekly Serial Review: The New Adventures of Tarzan

Quick Facts Released in 1935 Directed by Edward Kull and Wilburt McGaugh Written by Edwin Blum, Bennett Cohen, Basil Dickey, and Charles Royal Starring Herman Brix, Ula Holt, and Ashton Dearholt Basic Story Line Tarzan and a group of companions … Continue reading

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