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Shadow of the Eagle
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2000
This 1932 serial starring John Wayne (a very young one) is packed with all twelve episodes, as 1 feature film. Wayne plays a pilot who is trying to solve a mystery of a stolen invention. The quality of this print is wonderful and is the first time available on DVD. Good work Marengo Films!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2000
Bravo, Marengo Films, Bravo! They have done an outstanding job of transfering this 70 year old film to DVD. There is virtual no hiss on the soundtrack, and the print is the finest I've ever seen. Be aware that this is a public domain title, so it's not in pristen shape. But I've been viewing this film for the last 12 years on video, and by far, this is the best. One last aspect of this transfer that I enjoyed is that Marengo Films has cut out those annoying summary's and cerdits between each chapter. Again, great job Marengo Films; hope you eventually produce more of John Wayne's B western films!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2003
It is great to see John Wayne in the early years . It was both funny and action packed and comsidering it was 70 years ago it was of a great quality .
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2001
After getting in touch with Marengo they explained to me that more viewers prefer the featurized-versions. That's why they've done it that way. But by mistake they forgot to mention it on the cover. A correct serial-version is in consideration for sometimes in the future. So my anger is calmed down - especially after checking my old tape of this serial - it has all the cliffhangers but picture and sound are far below that of the Marengo-DVD. So until a definitive versions turns up let's say: better than nothing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
I viewed this film on the John Wayne Tribute Collection from Mill Creek, which has decent picture and sound, but the chapter credits are cut off except for the lead and tail of the film.

If you are interested in a lot of flying, you would be disappointed. Wayne's biplane is seen much in episode 1, but then only in bits in episodes 2, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12. The sky written warnings from The Eagle are animated shots. Most of the action takes place on foot and in automobiles.

For me, the plot was too thin to hold much interest, with a lot of back and forth to keep you guessing on who the mysterious Eagle turned out to be. It is more of a historical curiosity of the Duke early in his career.

It was also interesting thing seeing the 1931/2 California environs used for shooting. One building has Van Nuys as part of it's name, but I don't know if the exteriors were shot solely there.
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Passport Video and Koch Entertainment Distribution present "The John Wayne Cliffhanger Collection" (1932/33)

(Dolby digitally remastered)...relive those thrilling days from the early '30s and '40s

when John Wayne took us up into the skies to exciting

adventures....some of the best cliffhangers ever to grace the Saturday Matinee

Screen...just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye

with excitement...don't miss any of the John Wayne features loaded with action that will leave

you wanting more of his high adventures

First up is "SHADOW OF THE EAGLE" (1932 - B&W) (12 Chapters), under director Ford Beebe, produced by Nat Levine, original screenplay & story by Colbert Clark, Wyndham Gittens and Forbe Beebe....the cast include John Wayne (Craig McCoy), Dorothy Gulliver( Jean Gregory), Edward Hearn (Col. Nathan B. Gregory), Richard Tucker (Maj. Evans, company owner), Lloyd Whitlock (Green, a director), Walter Miller (Danby, a director ), Edmund Burns (Clark, a director), Pat O'Malley (Ames, a director), Kenneth Harlan (Ward, a director), Little Billy' Rhodes (Billy Little, the midget), Ivan Linow (Heinie, the strongman), James Bradbury Jr. (Henry, the ventriloquist), Ernie Adams (Frederick 'Pat' Kelly, the barker), Roy D'Arcy (Henchman Gardner), Bud Osborne (Henchman Tim Moore), YakimaCanutt (Henchman Boyle), Billy West (Bob, the clown ), Monte Montague (Callahan, Policeman at circus).......our story has seversal questions will The Eagle use sky writing to make threats against a corporation...can Edward Hearn who owns a travelling fairground and is thought to be the Eagle succeed in his evil plot against all that is good...will John Wayne who is a pilot go searching for the Eagle when Hearn's turns up missing....all of this and more await your viewing pleasure in a 12 Chapter Mascot Pictures thrilling serial adventure that is action packed. . . . . . . Special footnote, actor John Wayne once said, "Every country in the world loved the folklore of the West - the music, the dress, the excitement, everything that was associated with the opening of a new territory. It took everybody out of their own little world - The cowboy lasted a hundred years, created more songs and prose and poetry than any other folk figure - The closest thing was the Japanese samurai. Now, I wonder who'll continue it...His performance as Ethan Edwards in "The Searchers" (1956) is ranked #23 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time...Of his many film roles, his personal favorite was that of Ethan Edwards from The Searchers (1956). Wayne even went so far as to name his son Ethan after that character...The inscription on the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to him in 1979 reads, simply, "John Wayne, American."...After meeting the late Superman star Christopher Reeve at the 1979 Academy Awards, Wayne turned to Cary Grant and said "This is our new man. He's taking over."...Turned down the role of Marshal Dillon on "Gunsmoke" (1955) because he did not want to commit to a weekly TV series. He recommended his friend James Arness for the role, and gave the on camera introduction in the pilot episode...I would like to be remembered, well...the Mexicans have a phrase, 'Feo fuerte y formal'. Which means; he was ugly, strong and had dignity."

Chapter Titles:

1. The Carnival Mystery

2. Pinholes

3. The Eagle Strikes

4. The Man of a Million Voices

5. The Telephone Cipher

6. Code of the Carnival

7. Eagle or Vulture?

8. On the Spot

9. When Thieves Fall Out

10.The Man Who Knew

11.The Eagle's Wings

12.The Shadow Unmasked

SPECIAL FEATURES:

BIOS:

1. John Wayne (aka: Marion Michael Morrison)

Birth Date: 5/26/1907 - Winterset, Iowa

Died: 6/11/1979 - Los Angeles, California

Second film on the bill is "HURRICANE EXPRESS" (1932 - B&W) (12 Chapters), under director's J.P. McGowan and Armand Schaefer, produced by Nat Levine, original screenplay & story by Colbert Clark, Wyndham Gittens, J.P. McGowan, George Moran, Barney A. Sarecky and Harold Tarshis, musical score by Lee Zahler....the cast include John Wayne (Larry Baker), Tully Marshall (Howard L. Edwards, Railroad manager), Conway Tearle (Stevens, Railroad attorney),Shirley Grey (Gloria Stratton), Edmund Breese (Frank Stratton, Gloria's father), Lloyd Whitlock, (Walter Gray, Airline manage), Al Bridge (Carlson, Plainville station agent (as Alan Bridge), Matthew Betz (Tom Jordan, Railroad engineer (as Mathew Betz), Joseph W. Girard (Det. Matthews (as Joseph Girard), James P. Burtis (Det. Hemingway, Matthews, assistant (as James Burtis), Ernie Adams (Henchman Barney, Machine gunner (as Ernie S. Adams), Charles King (Henchman Mike), J. Farrell MacDonald (Jim Baker, Railroad engineer), Al Ferguson (Henchman Sandy, The "Wrecker's" pilot),Glenn Strange (Henchman Jim), Victor Adamson (Train passenger), Yakima Canutt (Henchman ), Eddie Parker (Co-pilot), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (Sam, the Train porter)........our story opens with a villain known as "The Wrecker" who wrecks only the L & R Railroad trains...who is this evil character and why is he doing this...can John Wayne see through his many disguises, will this evildoers be stopped...don't touch that dial until the final chapter "Unmasked". . . . . .veterans character actors appear as the henchmen Ernie Adams, Charlie King, Glenn Strange and Al Ferguson. . . . . .check out this and more in a new book "Best of the Badmen" by Boyd Magers, Bob Nareau and Bobby Copeland, available from Amazon and Empire Publishing. . . pick up your copy today. . . . .another great serial from Mascot Pictures, proves to be one of Wayne's most exciting performances.

Chapter Titles:

1. The Wrecker

2. Flying Pirates

3. The Masked Menace

4. Buried Alive

5. Danger Lights

6. The Airport Mystery

7. Sealed Lips

8. Outside the Law

9. The Invincible Army

10. The Wrecker's Secret

11. Wings of Death

12. Unmasked

SPECIAL FEATURES:

BIOS:

1. Glenn Strange (aka: George Glenn Strange)

Birth Date: 8/16/1899 - Weed, New Mexico

Died: 9/20/1973 - Los Angeles, California

2. Charles King

Birth Date: 2/21/1895 - Hillsboro. Texas

Died: 5/07/1957 - Hollywood, California

3. Al Ferguson

Birth Date:4/19/1888 - Rosslare, County Wexford, Ireland

Died: 12/04/1971 - Long Beach, Long Island, New York,

4. Ernie Adams

Birth Date: 6/18/1895 - San Francisco, California

Died: 11/26/1947 - Hollywood, California

Final serial is "THE THREE MUSKETEERS" (1933 - B&W) (12 Chapters), under directors Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer, produced by Nat Levine, screenplay and story by Colbert Clark, Bennett Cohen, Alexandre Dumas, Wyndham Gittens, Norman S. Hall and Barney A. Sarecky, musical score by Lee Zahler...the cast include John Wayne (Lt. Tom Wayne), Jack Mulhall (Clancy), Raymond Hatton (Renard), Ralph Bushman (Schmidt (as Francis X. Bushman Jr.), Ruth Hall (Elaine Corday), Lon Chaney Jr. (Lt. Armand Corday as Creighton Chaney), Hooper Atchley (El Kadur), Gordon De Main (Col. Duval), Robert Frazer (Major Booth), Noah Beery Jr. (Noah Stubbs), Al Ferguson (Ali), Edward Peil Sr. (Ratkin (as Edward Piel) William Desmond (Capt. Boncour), George Magrill (El Maghreb), Robert Warwick (Col. Brent), Yakima Canutt (El Shaitan, when masked/Legion Officer), Frank Ellis (Legionnaire), Kermit Maynard (Legionnaire). . . . . .our story is a good one from the pages of Alexandre Dumas, only this time set in the Arabian desert...our hero John Wayne does it all rescues Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton and Ralph Bushman, although Wayne has fourth billing and must prove himself throughout the 12 Chapters...the action is non stop and a physical film all through the perfected stunts of ace stuntman Yakima Canutt, who also trained Wayne to do most of his own stunts in this adventure...will the musketeers stop El Shaitan (who spouts "Death to the unbeliever") who is terrorizing the entire Mascot Picture lot....don't miss a single chapter of this exciting 1933 cliffhanger. . . . . special footnote, one of my favorite character actors was Raymond Hatton (1887-1971) who worked with Buck Jones, Tim McCoy and Johnny Mack Brown as Marshall Sandy Hopkins appeared from 1943 and made 45 films for Monogram Pictures...Hatton who first appeared on film in "Tragic Love" (1909-Silent/unconfirmed), "Oliver Twist" (1917), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), "The Squaw Man" (1931), "Law and Order" (1932)...during the '30s & '40s he played the comical sidekick for Johnny Mack Brown and Bob Livingston...went on to join Buck Jones and Tim McCoy in the "Rough Riders" series...Hatton worked right up to his last film "In Cold Blood" (1967). . . ...check out this and more in a new book "Those Great Cowboy Sidekicks" by David Rothel, available from Amazon and Empire Publishing. . . pick up your copy today

Chapter Titles:

1. The Fiery Circle

2. One For All and All For One

3. The Master Spy

4. Pirates of the Desert

5. Rebel Rifles

6. Death's Marathon

7. Naked Steel

8. The Master Strikes

9. The Fatal Cave

10. Trapped

11. The Measure of Man

12. The Glory of Comrades

SPECIAL FEATURES:

BIOS:

1. Raymond Hatton

Birth Date: 7/07/1887 - Red Oak, Iowa

Died: 10/21/1971 - Palmdale, California

2. Jack Mulhall (aka: John Joseph Francis Mulhall)

Birth Date:10/07/1887 - Wappingers Falls, New York

Died: 6/01/1979 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

BONUS FEATURE:

1. Hollywood Remembers: John Wayne - a tribute to the film career of the Duke (25 mins)

Great job by Passport Video for releasing "The John Wayne Cliffhanger Collection (1932/33), the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s...order your copy now from Amazon or Passport Video where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure...just the way we like 'em

Total Time: 700 mins on 6-DVD's ~ Passport Video DVD #5890 ~ (7/11/2006)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2001
Fans of serials beware. This is an amputated bore which misses all the cliffhangers to produce an endlessly running movie without highlights.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2004
MARENGO FILMS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE NEW VERSION OF THE SHADOW OF THE EAGLE IS AVAILABLE NOW. THE COMPANY RE-MASTERED THE FILM INTO CHAPTER FORMAT IN ADDITION THEY DID ANOTHER SOUND DESIGN, COLOR CORRECTIONS AND NEW CHAPTER CARDS. THIS DVD IS NOW THE BEST VERSION OF THIS SERIAL ON THE MARKET.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2002
This 1932 12 chapter film is very good for its time.The thing that appeals to to me is there was no sensorship in those days.That means (in my view ) they are more entertaining to watch.
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on June 8, 2014
Movie was bought as a gift for my Father and Mother for Christmas. I am replacing all his VHS tapes with DVD's They arrived in good condition an on time. Thank you.
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