Jump to content
 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

ACE DRUMMOND


Ray Faiola

Recommended Posts

Well, Universal's 1936 chapterplay ACE DRUMMOND starts this Saturday (6/11). If they have the same four-star materials that they had on BUCK ROGERS it'll be a real coup. Look for Junior Chaney as one of the henchmen.

 

The Dragon Commands!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Would love to see what many consider the "Best" serial ever made "Captain Marvel" with the great Tom Tyler {Yes, Luke Plummer of "Stagecoach"} as Captain Marvel, he also starred as "The Phantom", another well done serial. Most people don't realize that as many as a dozen serials were released in a single year. The "Golden Age" of the serials ran from 1936 to about 1945. Republic studios alone produced about 66 of them. So from "Ace Drummond" to "Tim Tylers Luck" to "Don Winslow of the Navy" to "Mandrake the Magician" to "The Green Hornet" to "The Shadow" keep them coming TCM and take us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear..Yes, there was even an "Lone Ranger" serial.....

Link to post
Share on other sites

For anyone thinking of saving them to disc, there are 13 eps, averaging 20m each, with a TRT of 255 minutes. So, you can get the first 6 eps on one DVD at SP, but to get the remaining 7 on one DVD, you'd have to record at a slower speed.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Correction - episode One is a traditional "longer" chapter. It's three reels (30 minutes). Universal reverted to two-reel openers the following year, but Republic continued with three-reelers into the 40's.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like the video master was transferred from a 16mm dupe or reduction print. Quite a bit of white negative dirt. My print is a 1949 Kodak Safety Positive and there was none of the negative dirt in the materials. Also has a much wider-range soundtrack. Mine's also a Filmcraft reissue.

 

By the way, he's not credited, but one of the Dragon's henchmen is Dick Wessell; and Sturges player Al Bridge is one of the American nasties.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for letting us know what year this thing came out. I was wondering. A very young Chaney, Jr. and an even younger Noah Beery, Jr. God, he must have been in his teens in this thing!

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a trailer for a serial Noah Beery Jr. did a year earlier - CALL OF THE SAVAGE. Beery plays a road-company Tarzan type character. Instead of doing a jungle yodel, he simply screams "HEY!" "HEY!!" It's a total riot.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

© 2020 Turner Classic Movies Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Settings
×
×
  • Create New...