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Raiders of Ghost City

4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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During the latter stages of the Civil War, a gang of supposed Confederates, headed by Alex Morel (Lionel Atwill), raid all gold shipments destined for Washington from Oro Grande, California. A Union Secret Service Agent (Dennis Moore) with the aid of his faithful side-kick and a pretty Wells Fargo agent (Wanda McKay) overcome the gold raiders and even rounds up a group of Prussian spies! Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Bios| Serial Trailers. Specs: 1-DVD9 + 1-DVD5; Dolby Digital; 225 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1944; SRP - $29.99.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dennis Moore, Wanda McKay, Lionel Atwill, Joe Sawyer, Regis Toomey
  • Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor
  • Writers: Morgan Cox, Luci Ward
  • Producers: Ray Taylor, Morgan Cox
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000G0O56Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raiders of Ghost City" on IMDb

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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I ordered Raiders of the Ghost city with the hopes of seeing a classic western with more of adventure feel. In that respect I was not disappointed. Raiders of Ghost City was a fun filled serial with plenty of action and cliffhanger endings. The stunts were well staged and set up nicely. Everything that I look for in a well made serial.

The only problem with the film was the poor transfer. Now I'm not going to say that the DVD is not worth buying because it is a great movie and I don't see any other companies out there releasing this film. So we have what we're stuck with. The picture was entirely in a sepia tone regardless of the fact that I know that is not what the movie was filmed in. Easy fix though as I turned down the color on my TV greatly for a more black and white look. The picture was also out of frame a bit leaving out some of the credits and written intros. There also were some washing out of the picture causing large white spots where nothing could be seen as to what was going on.

However if you like this kind of movie and I know I do then those little imperfections are still worth sitting through. Especially since you can't find this any place else. At least the cost for the DVD is not too much considering the quality.
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"Raiders of Ghost City" is a 13 chapter serial from Universal, released in 1944, directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins with screenplay by Luci Ward and Morgan B. Cox. A fairly unusual Western for Universal, without the overload of stock-footage Indian attacks, until the last two chapters, and good performances from both good and bad guys, this is one of their better serials from the 1940's.

Near the end of the Civil War, Secretary of the Treasury William P. Fessenden (George Irving) sends Secret Service agent Steve Clark (Dennis Moore) to investigate attacks on Union gold shipments near Oro Grande, California by what appears to be a band of renegade Confederate soldiers. Clark travels under an assumed name, but on the train is recognised by two Prussian agents, Countess Elsa von Merck (Virginia Christine), who claims to be Trina Dessard, a travelling singer (no, she doesn't sing), and Erich von Rugen (Lionel Atwill), alias Alex Morel, proprietor of the Golden Eagle saloon in Oro Grande. Morel is the real leader of the raiders, and the gold is being stolen so Prussia can expand their empire into North America.

Despite the attempts of the Prussians to stop him, Clark reaches Oro Grande, with help from Wells Fargo detective Idaho Jones (Joe Sawyer). Jones is investigating the death of their agent in Oro Grande, whose daughter, Cathy Haines (Wanda McKay) is now running the office. Colonel Sewell (Addison Richards) shows up fairly often to send telegrams, but the wires have been tapped and the messages decoded by Friedrich Lentz (George J. Lewis) in the basement of Morel's saloon. Morel's henchmen include Edmund Cobb, Jack Ingram, and Jack Rockwell, while in the Wells Fargo office are telegrapher Dan Lane (Joel Friedkin) and Bill Jasper (Ernie Adams).
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present..."Raiders of Ghost City" (1944) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 13 Chapter cliffhanger from an action packed Universal serial era featuring an outstanding cast with Lewis D. Collins and Ray Taylor at the helm....our story begins in early spring 1865 the war between the states is drawing towards it weary close...what plans are in place for shipping gold for the union during the Civil War...is there corruption afoot and will some secret Prussian organization led by Alex Morel (Lionel Atwill) take the gold and blame it on the Confederates...will our hero Capt. Steve Clark (Dennis Moore) and Idaho Jones (Joe Sawyer) be in harems way when their rail car is suddenly uncoupled and crashes down a mountainside...who is this mysterious wells fargo agent Cathy Haines (Wanda McKay) why has she been assigned to such a dangerous case, doesn't she know the dangers that lie ahead...never fear the writers from Universal Pictures have everything under control...watch out for the heavies Jack Ingram, Edmund Cobb and Jack Rockwell do their level best to bring havoc playing spies, smugglers, high-jackers and just all around nasty people...hopefully they will never see the light of day in another Universal serial...don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "Golden Vengeance"....just remember 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's Lewis D. Collins and Ray Taylor, associate producers Morgan B. Cox and Ray Taylor, original screenplay by Luci Ward and Morgan B.
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nice looking copy scarred by low quality compression: Concerning Alpha studios Raiders of Ghost city, the first reviewer has a point about a poor transfer. The picture quality is composed of small blocks and chapters 1-5 reoccurring picture blocking (the parts of picture block up), which means that Alpha used a low quality compression. This does not mean that is unwatchable, but that the reoccurring picture blocking in chapters 1-5 may be annoying. It looks better that some of Alpha's other serials. It could have been a very nice transfer. I think Alpha's hillbilly monster did the quality control on this one. Buy Alpha's copy cheap or Contact serial sellers about their copies, perhaps for a few more dollars one can get a better copy with out the defects.

the serial has a balance of action and story. Each chapter is short so one does not get bored with the story line with much talking.
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