Cliffhanger Serials on DVD
Pulse Pounding... Thrills, Spills and Chills...
Thrilling, Thundering and Throbbing...
Breathless, Breakneck Adventure!
These were the terms and tag lines used to announce the weekly serial episode to an anxious crowd of fans each Saturday afternoon. These 20 minute chapter plays, lasting 12 to 15 episodes, were intended to warm up the audience for the big budget, feature movie but have long outlived many of the features in terms of popularity. Each week the hero would find himself at the closing moments in a life or death cliff hanger struggle, which of course would not be resolved until next week’s episode.
Featured Cliffhanger Serials
- Ace Drummond Vol 1 Chapters 1 - 6 by Ace Drummond
- Ace Drummond Vol 2 Chapters 7 - 13 by Ace Drummond
- Burn-em Up Barnes Volume 1 (Chapters 1-6) by Frankie Darro
- Burn-em Up Barnes Volume 2 (Chapters 7-12) by Frankie Darro
- Custer's Last Stand by Rex Lease and Frank McGlynn
- Dick Tracy Detective by Dick Tracy
- Fighting Marines by Adrian Morris and Grant Withers
- Gang Busters Chapters 1 - 6 by Gang Busters
- Gang Busters Chapters 7 - 13 by Gang Busters
- Great Alaskan Mystery Chapter 1 - 7 by Edgar Kennedy
- Great Alaskan Mystery Chapter 8 - 13 by Edgar Kennedy
- Junior G-Men Volume 1 Chapter 1 - 6 by Dead End Kids
- Junior G-Men Volume 2 Chapter 7 - 12 by Dead End Kids
- Overland Mail by Lon Chaney
- Sky Raiders by Robert Armstrong and Billy Halop
- The Mystery Squadron by Bob Steele
- The New Adventures of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- The Phantom Creeps Vol 1 Ch 1- 6 by Bela Lugosi
- Zorro's Black Whip Volume 1 Ch 1 - 6 by Johnston McCulley
- Zorro's Black Whip Volume 2 Ch 7 - 12 by Johnston McCulley
Cliffhanger Serial Books
- In the Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials by William C. Cline
- Serials-ly Speaking: Essays on Cliffhangers by William C. Cline
- In a Door, Into a Fight, Out a Door, Into a Chase: Movie Making Remembered by the Guy at the Door by William Witney