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The Phantom - Serial (1943)

Tom Tyler , Jeanne Bates , B. Reeves Eason  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Tyler, Jeanne Bates, Ernie Adams, John Bagni, Robert Barron
  • Directors: B. Reeves Eason
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 254 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051SH3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Phantom - Serial" on IMDb

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Professor Davidson and his lovely daughter Diana search Africa for the Lost City of Zoloz. Legend pegs it to be the source of a vast hidden treasure. Their search is hindered by a local crook, Singapore Smith, who wants the treasure for himself. It is further complicated by Dr. Bremmer, an international criminal, who plans to destroy the peace with the local native tribes and build a secret air base at Zoloz. Fortunately, the Phantom, who is also Diana's fiancé, is more than a match for the two villains. The Phantom, with his superhuman strength, manages to outwit each enemy move, escaping from one death trap after an other: avalanches, poison gas, flaming pyres, and explosions fail to shake his fearless spirit. With the help of his four-footed pal Devil, he finally overpowers all the enemy factions, and brings peace to the jungle once again. Another exciting serial adventure produced by Columbia Pictures and based on one of King Features' funny-paper heroes. Bonus Features: Photo Gallery| Comic Book Art Gallery| Commentary by Author Max Allan Collins| Actor Bios| Chapter Menu. Specs: 1-DVD9 + 1-DVD5; Dolby Digital Mono; 254 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1943; SRP - $19.99.

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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
Format:DVD
...These Saturday morning matinee serials are great fun (before television).
Well "The Phantom" 1943 serial was once one of these long lost films rediscovered, digitally remastered and thanks to VCI Entertainment is now on DVD. This 2 DVD set gives us 15 action packed chapters introduces us to this mysterious character. This is fun stuff.
Summary: Tom Tyler plays "The Phantom" and this serial introduces us to this mysterious family who for generations has played "The Phantom" the man who never dies. It seems that a descendent male member must perpetuate the "Phantoms" existence. Why, because the "Phantom" is the law of the African jungle & keeps the peace among more than 50 native tribes. In 15 chapters the Phantom is poisoned to death,(because he knows of the Lost city of Zolov). His son replaces him before he actually dies. (therefore keeping the legend of the man who never dies going.) Privateers want the hidden treasure of Zolov. Mysterious nation wants to build secret air field at Zolov. Phantom is in the middle. Everyone tries to kill the man who never dies. For 15 exciting chapters we see how the "Phantom" eludes death and escapes periless traps.
The extras include; a One Chapter commentary by famous comic strip writer Max Allan Collins, Biographies, and comic book art.
This is a great secret serial rediscovered for us to watch once again. Enjoy.
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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Columbia's Better Serials April 5, 2002
Format:DVD
Columbia Pictures never produced a movie serial comparable to the best Republic cliffhangers. However, "The Phantom" (1943) survives as one of the studio's better efforts, thanks to Tom Tyler's memorable presence in the title role and the assured direction of B. Reeves Eason. Unlike Republic, the Columbia serials were more faithful in terms of comic-strip adaptations. "The Phantom" is no exception. Unfortunately, Columbia lacked the solid production values and crisp pacing of the Republic serials - further hindered by the studio's excessive 15-chapter length. Still, "The Phantom" makes the most of Columbia's low-budget shortcomings with its effective jungle setting and above-average cliffhanging exploits. As "The Ghost Who Walks," Tyler is a terrific action hero and does not rely on a stunt double during the fight scenes. Fans of Lee Falk's comic-strip creation will not be disappointed.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By E. LUND
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Being a huge fan of Lee Falks' Phantom, I have tried to track down this seriel for quite awhile. I was able to obtain from a collecter who had this seriel before it was made available again to the public. Let me just say that Tom Tyler does a great job of playing the Phantom! Obviously this seriel does not have the production value of the Adventures of Captain Marvel, but it does have an excelent storyline that could fit into any Indiana Jones movie. This seriel does a much better job of establishing the mystique of the Phantom with the natives of Bengali and the mystery of the Phantom, the Ghost Who Walks.
This has alot of action with the Phantom and Devil and the Phantom battles a gigantic gorilla. This ends up being a guy in an ape suit but it is a pretty cool looking menacing suit and not just a cheesy gorilla outfit. It is overall fun and a blast to watch if you are a Phantom fan. Anyone who enjoys old movie seriels knows the formulas used so don't expect groundbreaking cliffhangers. This may not be the best seriel ever made but it is a very well done seriel and one I recommend if you like action/adventure heroes.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Nifty November 5, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Republic was certainly best known for serials, but other studios often got into the act. One of these was Columbia Pictures. In truth, Columbia's serials weren't anything to write home about--but there was one exception: the 1943 THE PHANTOM, which cracks along at a memorable pace with an entertaining storyline, some excellent fight choreography, visually interesting set pieces, and a truly fine performance from Tom Tyler in the title role.

Tom Tyler (1903-1954) was a handsome, well-built man who played in well over 150 films between 1924 and 1953--but whose final years was marred by rheumatoid arthritis that reduced him to small supporting roles. But he was very much at his peak in 1941 when he appeared in the legendary Republic serial THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL--and no less so for the 1943 THE PHANTOM. Seen today, many serial "super heroes" of the 1930s and 1940s look more than a little chubby in their skin-tight costumes, but not Tyler: he had the body to carry it off, and if his acting chops weren't up to the standards of Hollywood's A-List actors they were perfect for this sort of comic book fun.

The story finds the peace of jungle tribes threatened by the evil Dr. Bremmer (Kenneth MacDonald), who seeks to create an airbase for use by an unfriendly country at the long-lost jungle city of Zoloz. But in order to locate the hidden city, Bremmer must obtain "the keys"--pieces of a puzzle-like map--from newly arrived Professor Davidson (Frank Shannon) and his party. Can the Phantom, with the aid of his clever dog Devil, foil Bremmer, protect Davidson, and bring peace to the jungle once more?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but fun
the phantom seems a little over the hill age wise, but fun anyway
Published 1 month ago by mikerajub the juggler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
tom tyler was better in captian marvel
Published 1 month ago by james zerr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom, the man who never dies
This is an excellent serial with the adventures of The Phantom stopping the evil deeds of a gang of greedy men searching for gold. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zillalover
5.0 out of 5 stars The torch is passed
The Phantom, long time guardian and protector of an island rain
forest, is assassinated by agents of a foreign power stealing land
to build an airfield. Read more
Published 3 months ago by hawkeye
4.0 out of 5 stars very good dvd
The video was very good, it was compleat no cuts to the movie.
When recived, the case was badly brooking, when i told the company about it, the sent a new case right off to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom-Cliffhanger Serial
Admittedly, I am a fan of the cliffhanger serials of the thirties,forties, and early fifties.But, to enjoy them, the viewer must try to develop a"mind-set" of the era in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard V. Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Looked for years for this serial and glad to finally find it. It's a good copy and well worth the price.
Published 11 months ago by Eric Rollins
5.0 out of 5 stars old serials
These are great, probably because they remind me of my growing up time. Catching the serial or short before the movie is now a thing of the past.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Wilmore
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets good about halfway through
It has Tom Tyler who plays Captain Marvel as a lead in this one. It also has Kenneth McDonald who plays a bad guy who also was the Police Inspector in the Monster and the Ape. Read more
Published 16 months ago by choirboyme
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Lots of action , drama, excitement, great characters, and plots, I'd recommend this movie, to anyone looking for someone who enjoys cliff hangers.
Published 16 months ago by jtc
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