The Green Archer (1940 serial)

The Green Archer (1940 serial)

Infobox Film
name = The Green Archer


image_size =
caption =
director = James W. Horne
Carl Hiecke "(2nd Unit)"
producer = Larry Darmour
writer = Morgan B. Cox
John Cutting
Jesse A. Duffy
James W. Horne
Screenplay - Based
on the novel by
Edgar Wallace
narrator =
starring = Victor Jory
Iris Meredith
James Craven
Robert Fiske
Dorothy Fay
Forrest Taylor
music = Lee Zahler
cinematography = James S. Brown Jr.
Black and white
editing = Dwight Caldwell
Earl Turner
distributor = Columbia Pictures
released = Flagicon|USA October 1, 1940
runtime = 15 chapters
285 minutes
country = USA
language = English
budget =
gross =
preceded_by = "Deadwood Dick"
followed_by = "White Eagle"
website =
amg_id = 1:20864
imdb_id = 0032557

"The Green Archer" (1940) was the 12th serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was based on Edgar Wallace's 1923 novel "The Green Archer", which had previously been adapted into the silent serial with the "same name" in 1925 by Pathé Exchange.

Plot

The struggle over the Bellamy estate ends with Michael Bellamy accused of murder and killed on the way to prison, while his brother Abel Bellamy takes control of the estate for his own nefarious plans. Bellamy is using Garr Castle as a base for his jewelry-theft ring, and he kidnaps his brother's wife to keep things quiet. Insurance investigator Spike Holland enters the case, and Abel Bellamy continually dispatches his resident gang to do away with him. Detective Thompson, representing the law, is seldom of any help. Meanwhile, the estate's fabled "Green Archer," a masked, leotard-clad marksman, steals silently through Garr Castle and the estate grounds, confounding the enemy forces.

Cast

*Victor Jory as Spike Holland, investigator
*Iris Meredith as Valerie Howett, Elaine Bellamy's sister
*James Craven as Abel Bellamy, villain running a gang of jewel thieves in Garr Castle
*Robert Fiske as Savini, one of Abel Bellamy's henchmen
*Dorothy Fay as Elaine Bellamy, Michael Bellamy's wife, kidnapped and held in Garr Castle
*Forrest Taylor as Parker Howett, Elaine Bellamy's father
*Jack Ingram as Brad, one of Abel Bellamy's henchmen posing as the Green Archer
*Joseph W. Girard as Inspector Ross
*Fred Kelsey as Captain Thompson
*Kit Guard as Dinky Stone, Abel Bellamy's radio henchman
*Kenne Duncan as Michael Bellamy, Abel's falsely accused brother killed on the way to prison

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* Eddie Parker doubling for Victor Jory (Spike Holland)

Chapter titles

# Prison Bars Beckon
# The Face at the Window
# The Devil's Dictograph
# Vanishing Jewels
# The Fatal Spark
# The Necklace of Treachery
# The Secret Passage
# Garr Castle is Robbed
# Mirror of Treachery
# The Dagger that Failed
# The Flaming Arrow
# The Devil Dogs
# The Deceiving Microphone
# End of Hope
# The Green Archer ExposedSource: [cite book
last = Cline
first = William C.
title = In the Nick of Time
origyear = 1984
publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc.
isbn = 078640471X
pages = pp. 228-229
chapter = Filmography
]

Fact

Director James W. Horne also contributed to the script, which often emphasizes tongue-in-cheek comedy. Under Horne's direction, the heroes and villains exaggerate the melodrama –James Craven is enjoyable florid as the villain, and his henchmen also play for laughs, with comedian Fred Kelsey cast as a very dumb detective.

Production

Based on the book of the same name by Edgar Wallace and the earlier 1925 Pathé adaptation [cite book
last = Cline
first = William C.
title = In the Nick of Time
origyear = 1984
publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc.
isbn = 078640471X
pages = pp. 11
chapter = 2. In Search of Ammunition
]

Release

*Was released in Latin America in March of 1941, under the title "El Arquero Verde", in English with Spanish subtitles.

Theatrical

"The Green Archer" was one of 1940's best remembered serials. [cite book
last = Cline
first = William C.
title = In the Nick of Time
origyear = 1984
publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc.
isbn = 078640471X
pages = pp. 57
chapter = 4. The Plotters of Peril (The Writers)
]

References

ee also

* List of film serials by year
* List of film serials by studio

External links

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title=Columbia Serial
before="Deadwood Dick" (1940)
years="The Green Archer" (1940)
after="White Eagle" (1941)


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