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Captain America (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 5 February 1944 (USA)
Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

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Royal K. Cole (original screenplay) (as Royal Cole), Ronald Davidson (original screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Purcell ... Captain America / Grant Gardner
Lorna Gray ... Gail Richards
Lionel Atwill ... Cyrus Maldor
Charles Trowbridge ... Dryden
Russell Hicks ... Randolph
George J. Lewis ... Bart Matson
John Davidson ... Gruber
Norman Nesbitt Norman Nesbitt ... Newscaster
Frank Reicher ... Lyman [Ch. 1]
Hugh Sothern ... Eldon Dodge [Chs. 2-5]
Tom Chatterton ... J.C. Henley [Chs. 6-8]
Robert Frazer ... Clinton Lyman [Chs. 10-12]
John Hamilton ... G.F. Hillman [Chs. 13-14]
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Dirk [Chs. 11-12]
Edward Keane ... Agent 33 [Ch. 15]
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Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

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Taglines:

BLAZING ACROSS THE SCREEN IN A SERIAL OF REAL LIFE ADVENTURES! (original print ad-all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of Captain America See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$222,906 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Purple Death; 2. Mechanical Executioner; 3. Scarlet Shroud; 4. Preview of Murder; 5. Blade of Wrath; 6. Vault of Vengeance; 7. Wholesale Destruction; 8. Cremation in the Clouds; 9. Triple Tragedy; 10. The Avenging Corpse; 11. The Dead Man Returns; 12. Horror on the Highway; 13. Skyscraper Plunge; 14. The Scarab Strikes; 15. The Toll of Doom. See more »

Goofs

Don't you think that Purcell, Dick is a little pudgy to be playing "Captain America?" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Scarab: This is the voice of the Scarab, Wilson. I command you to drive your car over the cliff!
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Referenced in Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Not your father's Captain America
8 January 2003 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

In the words of the Oldsmobile commercials, "This is not your father's Captain America!" (well, at least my father). Shield-slinging, two-fisted Super Soldier battling Nazis? Nope, this is a pudgy DA battling ordinary criminals, with a revolver!

First off, let me preface this by saying there is a big difference between watching a serial in weekly installments and watching the whole thing on video. The repetition was necessary to recap the previous week's chapter. On video, it gets tiresome by the third chapter. Still, that's what the fast-forward button is for.

Poor Cap! He never got a break in 50 years. He's an orphan, 4F, Bucky is killed by Baron Zemo, the Red Skull just wont die, Nixon, Rob Liefeld, and September 11! On top of it all, he has never been done justice on the silver screen or the tv screen. Captain America should have been great; you have two-fisted action, that cool shield, Nazis, the Red Skull, and a great costume. So where is all of that in the film? The fights are there, but the rest of the package is missing. And these fights don't measure up to those in Spy Smasher, Masked Marvel, or the Adventures of Captain Marvel.

Republic's adaptation of comic book heroes were vastly superior to Columbia's, but this one just doesn't quite work. There's no hook to pull you into it. Still, it's better than "theatrical" effort, nearly 50 years later.


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