Captain America in The Purple Death

Captain America

Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby as a comic book hero in March of 1941 in Timely Comics, a company that was later purchased by Marvel Comics. The attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 pushed the U.S. into WWII, and Captain America was in the right place at the right time. He was always a patriotic American fighting evil, and when we entered WWII his creators made many of the bad guys caricatures of our war enemies. He became a very popular comic character with our fighting men overseas, and in 1944 Captain America became the first comic book hero in a masked costume to make the transition to film using real actors. Superman was created in 1938, and seventeen animated cartoons hit theaters between 1941 and 1943, but Superman was never produced with live actors until 1948, four years after Captain America stormed the countries' movie theaters to great success. Republic Pictures first presented this series in fifteen chapters that were shown each week from February 5 through May 13, 1944 in movie theaters across the nation before the main attraction. This series probably belongs on my movie site (http://free-classic-movies.com), but because of the short nature of each episode, I put them here instead. The first episode is a half hour, and the rest of the chapters are fifteen minutes each.

Click on any episode to watch and download:

February 5, 1944 - Captain America chapter 1, The Purple Death
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

February 12, 1944 - Captain America chapter 2, Mechanical Executioner
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

February 19, 1944 - Captain America chapter 3, Scarlet Shroud
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

February 26, 1944 - Captain America chapter 4, Preview to Murder
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

March 4, 1944 - Captain America chapter 5, Blade of Wrath
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

March 11, 1944 - Captain America chapter 6, Vault of Vengeance
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

March 18, 1944 - Captain America chapter 7, Wholesale Destruction
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

March 25, 1944 - Captain America chapter 8, Cremation in the Clouds
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

April 1, 1944 - Captain America chapter 9, Triple Tragedy
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

April 8, 1944 - Captain America chapter 10, The Avenging Corpse
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

April 15, 1944 - Captain America chapter 11, The Dead Man Returns
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

April 22, 1944 - Captain America chapter 12, Horror on the Highway
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

April 29, 1944 - Captain America chapter 13, Skyscraper Plunge
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

May 6, 1944 - Captain America chapter 14, The Scarab Strikes
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge

May 13, 1944 - Captain America chapter 15, The Toll of Doom
Starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill and Charles Trowbridge