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Green Archer: Chapters 1-15


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The notorious masked avenger, The Green Archer, haunts a European castle in this classic cliffhanger.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Victor Jory
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012K53PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Green Archer: Chapters 1-15" on IMDb

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Serials were not designed for that.
Robert Jones
This is the most fun serial I have seen from the 40s because it is has a lot of humor.
I Love This Stuff
The source print is a fine 16mm print, and picture and sound quality are good.
Scott MacGillivray

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on February 10, 2005
Format: DVD
THE GREEN ARCHER is based on an Edgar Wallace mystery, concerning a gentleman thief operating from his mob's castle headquarters, and an elusive figure who sends warnings by shooting arrows. This 15-chapter serial of 1940 was intended not just for kids but for a more adult audience. However, the film is about as sophisticated as a Three Stooges movie (with some of the same Columbia contract players!). The local law enforcement is represented by Laurel & Hardy/Stooges foil Fred Kelsey, which tells you how serious this enterprise is.

Serial producers used the first three chapters to sell the film to exhibitors, so director James W. Horne exercises relative restraint for these early episodes. Stay with it, because starting with Chapter 4, Horne plants the tongue firmly in cheek and lets the whole project slide. Hero and villains indulge in over-the-top dramatics. Narrator Knox Manning gets into the spirit, too (the announcer in the 1960s "Batman" TV series must have been exposed to Manning's urgent recitations).

Horne gives the serial fans some well-staged thrills (sample: hero and friends are trapped on a high ledge as the building collapses beneath them), but he refuses to take things TOO seriously (sample: the villains play tiddly-winks in their hideout!). Horne also gets screen credit as one of the writers.

The earnest Victor Jory is fine as the rock-jawed hero (an insurance investigator; he's not the leotard-clad Green Archer). The refined James Craven is magnificent as Jory's urbane nemesis. Craven is the Wile E. Coyote of serial villains: he plans intricate death traps, but he EXPECTS his henchmen to fail! Like the coyote, Craven never gives up.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Lothrop on January 8, 2006
Format: DVD
Egads, a serial with an underlying current of humor! Not that it's a comedy; in fact it's a prototypical movie serial with fights, chases, a sprawling gothic castle with dungeons and deathtraps in every corner, secret passages, medieval treasure, and a mysterious masked hero running around doing all kinds of mysterioua things. Director James Horne was known not for great serials, but for his lighthearted approach to them. Once I realized the crooks were playing it for laughs, I started to really enjoy it.

James Craven ("The Purple Monster Strikes") plays Abel Bellamy, who has tuned the family castle into a den of thieves and framed his brother to a long prison term. His nefarious plot might have succeeded if only he had hired competent henchmen; instead, they fall all over one another trying to carry out his orders. His reaction to their botched jobs is hilarious--by Chapter 8 or 9 he's about to have a stroke at the antics of his idiot gang. The confusion between the good and bad Green Archers is also funny, and Fred Kelsey is a hoot as the bumbling police inspector Captain Thompson, who looks like a refugee from a Three Stooges comedy. Another humorous bit is the performance of Kit Guard, the little guy who plays Dinky with his continuous malapropisms.

Craven is really the star of this serial, but Victor Jory as the hero, ace insurance investigator Spike Holland, is more than competent. Jory is in perpetual motion as he runs around fighting the bad guys and saving the good guys. The ultra-hot Iris Meredith ("The Spider's Web") plays the sister of the woman whom Abel Bellamy is holding prisoner in the castle.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on December 21, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Based on an Edgar Wallace story, this 1940 serial was intended not just for kids but for a more adult audience. However, the film is about as sophisticated as a Three Stooges movie (with some of the same Columbia contract players!). Tongue-in-cheek direction (by James Horne, a comedy director) has heroes and villains alike indulging in over-the-top theatrics. The earnest Victor Jory is fine as the hero, and the refined James Craven is magnificent as the villain. Craven is the Wile E. Coyote of serial villains: he EXPECTS his henchmen to fail! Many of the thrill scenes are well staged (sample: Jory and friends are trapped on a high ledge as the building collapses beneath them). But the main thing about "The Green Archer" is the Dumb-with-a-capital-D comic touches (sample: the villains play tiddly-winks in their hideout!). If you can take your serials less than 100% seriously, you'll enjoy this fascinatingly bizarre 15-chapter cliffhanger. The source print is a fine 16mm print, and picture and sound quality are good.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 4, 2005
Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment and Columbia Pictures present "The Green Archer" (1940) (Dolby digitally remastered), adapted from Edgar Wallace novel with 15 Chapters of vintage serial episodes loaded with action sequences...story line involves not one Green Archer, but two in this better than average serial...don't look now but there are secret doors, passageways in an old castle plus an underground hideaway for automobiles...more action you'd ever want with bows & arrows, poison gas, bombs and plenty of shootouts...will private detective Spike Holland figure out the plans of Abel Bellamy with his stealing diamond operation...who would think that Garr Castle is a front for criminals that are up to no good and their leader Bellamy has his work cut out for him with stolen diamond...is this a family affair with Elaine Bellamy (married to Abel Bellamy's deceased brother) missing in the castle and her sister Valerie Howett and father Parker Howett along with Spike determined to help with this case of jewel thieves hiding in Garr Castle...can you guess before the final chapter "The Green Archer Exposed", who the second archer is...double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine-thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director James W. Horne, producer Larry Darmour, screenplay by Morgan B. Cox, John Cutting, Jesse A. Duffy, music score by Lee Zahler...the cast include Victor Jory (Spike Holland), Iris Meredith (Valerie Howett), James Craven (Abel Bellamy), Dorothy Fay (Elaine Bellamy), Robert Fiske (Savini), Forrest Taylor (Howett), Jack Ingram (Brad-henchman), Joseph W. Girard (Insp. Ross), Fred Kelsey (Insp.
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