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By uttering a single magic word young Billy Batson transforms himself into the world’s mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel. The acronym of the first letters of the names of the six elders who train Billy with their respective special gifts: Solomon, wisdom; Hercules, strength; Atlas, stamina; Zeus, power; Achilles, courage; and Mercury, speed, in a word...SHAZAM! Now, the entire series is available in this 3-disc set featuring every exciting episode of this classic television show!
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Disc One: Season One –(1974)
01. The Joy Riders
02. The Brothers
03. Thou Shalt Not Kill
04. The Lure of the Lost – (Part 1 of 2)
05. The Road Back – (Part 2 of 2)
06. The Athlete
07. The Treasure
08. The Boy Who Said “No”
09. The Doom Buggy
* Special Feature: Play all with morals
Disc Two: Seasons One & Two (1974–75)
10. The Brain
11. Little Boy Lost
12. The Delinquent
13. The Braggart
14. The Past Is Not Forever – (Part 1 of 2)
15. The Gang's All Here – (Part 2 of 2)
16. On Winning – (Season 02 Begins)
18. Fool's Gold
* Special Feature: Play all with morals
Disc Three: Seasons Two & Three (1975–76)
19. Double Trouble
20. Goodbye, Packy
21. Speak No Evil
22. The Odd Couple – (Isis)
23. The Contest – (Season 03 Begins)
24. Bitter Herbs
26. Finders Keepers – (Isis)
27. The Sound of a Different Drummer
28. Out of Focus – (Isis)
* Special Feature: Play all with morals
DVD / NOT RATED / Full Screen 4x3 1.37:1 / Dolby Digital: English Mono / Color / 588 Minutes / © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Note: The package doesn’t specify single or dual layer format though the underside of each disk is silver and not tinted purple.
Executive Producers: Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott.
Based upon Captain Marvel which began in WHIZ Comics #2 (Issue February 1940), published in late 1939, for Fawcett Publications.
SHAZAM! tv series (CBS, 1974-76) was shown on Saturdays in the daytime.
This program is wholesome and decent for children to see. Each episode ends with Captain Marvel or Billy telling you the "moral" of the story and goodbye until next week.
On back of cover box: "This disc is expected to play back in DVD video 'Play Only' devices and may not play back in other DVD devices".
I did have a problem with the third disc loading in the APEX DVD player. Had to use a different DVD player.
Billy Batson (Michael Gray) travels with Mentor (Lee Tremayne) in an Open Road motor home into different towns in the United States to help people in trouble.
Billy got his powers from the gods: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. The first letter of each name spells "SHAZAM". When trouble is nearby or someone needs help, the Gods signal Billy and Mentor by this device. Then the Gods give Billy some advice for the day. Billy can come to someone's rescue by saying the word "Shazam" and he turns into a taller, bigger and stronger adult super-hero, Captain Marvel.
Some familiar faces: Barry Miller, Ty Henderson, Lance Kerwin, Pamelyn Ferdin, William Sargent, John Karlen, Christina Hart, Christopher Stafford Nelson, Darrel Maury, Rob Soble, Butch Patrick, Ruben Moreno, Lew Brown, Lisa Eilbacher, John Carter, Eddie Firestone, Jackie Haley, Frank Coghlan Jr., Steve Gustafsan, Carol Anne Seflinger, Eric Shea, John Lupton, Stephen Hudis, Dabbs Greer, Radames Pera, Jimmy McNichol, Bill Quinn, Conlan Carter, Danny Bonaduce, Eric Chase, Scott Rogers, Cindy Eilbacher, Steve Benedict, Walker Edmiston, Dennis Olivieri, Milt Kogan, Linden Chiles, Jimmy Van Patten, Patrick Laborteaux, Susan Pratt, Eric Laneuville, David Doremus, Maury Wills, Andrew Stevens.
Norm Prescott as the voice of "Solomon".
Adam West as the voice of "Hercules". "Holy Moly" is said alot in this tv series too, just like in Batman (ABC, 1966-68).
JoAnna Cameron appears as "Isis", the ancient Egyptian super-heroine, in episodes 22, 26 and 28.
In Season One, Captain Marvel is played by Jackson Bostwick. After filming two episodes for Season 2, he was fired. According to their story; he failed to show up for filming and the producers accused him of holding out for more salary.
The truth is Jackson Bostwick had sustained an injury at the previous day filming and was getting treatment. Bostwick had filed a lawsuit against Filmation Enterprises. They were forced to pay him for the remainder of his contract, which included the remaining episodes of Season 2. John Davey was the replacement to play "Captain Marvel".
In Season 3, the show became "The SHAZAM / ISIS Hour".
Michael Gray was the age of 22-24.
Les Tremayne was the age of 60-61. He played a man by the name of "Harry Marvel" in Make Room For Daddy (Season 5, episode 1), broadcast October 7, 1957.
Les Tremayne passed away December 19, 2003 at the age of 90.
In episode 1, did you notice the unfilled spice rack in the trailer?
In episode 13, Frank Coghlan Jr. plays the guard. He played "Billy Batson" in Adventures of Captain Marvel serials (1941).
In episode 15, did you see the towel ring up high to the left of the spice rack?
In Season 2, episode 1, the trailer has changed inside. You also no longer see the brand name "Open Road".
Goof: Mentor is driving the trailer on the road to someone. We don't see Billy inside, but in the next shot, there is Billy in the seat. Was he visiting the Gods?
In Season 2, episode 2, you see a new Captain Marvel, now played by John Davey.
In-episodes advertising: Mobil gas station, Gulf gas station, Shell gas station, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Thrifty Store, Pepsi, Taco Bell, 7-UP, Master Charge, VISA, Ford Truck.
Vasquez Rocks, Agua Dulce, California.
Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California.
Spin-off: The Secrets of ISIS (CBS, 1975-76), starring Joanna Cameron as the ancient Egyptian super-heroine.
Even Jim Nabors as "Gomer Pyle" said "Shazam" on the Andy Griffith Show (CBS, 1960-68) and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C (CBS, 1964-69).
Adventures of Captain Marvel serial (1941) (Republic, 12-parts).
The Good Humor Man (1950).
Shazam! (CBS, 1974-76).
Legends of the Superheroes (NBC, January 18 & 25, 1979). Garrett Craig as "Captain Marvel".
The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! (NBC, 1981-82). Animated.
The Drew Carey Show (Season 6, episode 15), broadcast February 7, 2001. John Valdetero as "Captain Marvel".
Captain Marvel will be released March 8, 2019. From Marvel. About "Carol Danvers".
Shazam! will be released April 5, 2019. From Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe. Starring Asher Angel as "Billy Batson", Zachary Levi as "Shazam".
*** Let's hope they give Michael Gray a role or a cameo appearance in this movie.***
As a child I would watch this and imagion how exciting it would be to have Captain Marvel swoop down out of no where and save the day. It was as real and believable as Santa Claus and just as much a part of my life.
Billy Batson and his mentor (conveniently named "Mentor" lol) drive around in their RV in search of anyone (mainly kids) who are in need of assistance. In times of dire need Billy yells the acronym, "SHAZAM!" to summon the awesome powers of Solomon (wisdom), Hercules, (strength) Atlas (stamina), Zeus (power), Achilles (courage) and Mercury (speed) and be transformed into the world's mightiest mortal: Captain Marvel!
This series still stands up as a great way to teach life lessons on saftey, making smart decisions, how to handle bullies and to stay away from the wrong kind of people. Especially for younger viewers who take in the life lessons thinking that they are just watching a superhero show.
As far as which actor was the better Captain Marvel... IMO Jackson Bostwick looked more like a Superhero. He was tall, in great shape and had a booming base voice but, lacked the charisma to make him likeable which often made his acting seem subpar. John Davey on the other hand was full of color, vibrance, charisma and flair. He was an actor through and through. Unfortunately he was a little pudgy and at only 5'7" he was a bit short for the role (working mostly with kids however, this was not all that noticeable). Also, despite his great delivery his voice was a bit high pitched sounding more like a sidekick than a superhero. Whichever Captain Marvel you prefer you are sure to find something that you like in this series.
Special note: be sure to take notice of Batman himself Adam West doing his first ever voice over as the voice of Hecules in the pilot episode.