The 1944 Republic serial of Captain America was the first Marvel (or, at the time, Timely) superhero to make it on to the screens. Dick Purcell played the title role.
Few other serials caused so much dissent as this one. Republic, renowned for taking liberties with the characters o whom the serials were based rejected the original premise of the comic book character and came up with their own version of prior events, and then went on to make more changes to the charcter for the serial they produced.
Nevertheless, many fans see it as one of Republics most action packed, exciting, and well acted serials that the company ever produced.
In an unidentified city several bizarre suicides have been taking place. Prominent scientists and businessmen hear strange voices commanding them to kill themselves. Police find the dead men clutching a jeweled scarab in their hand and the presence of an unknown drug is in their system.
Enter Superhero Captain America who battles the evil forces of the archvillain, The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings with sound vibrations.
Dick Purcell .... Captain America/Grant Gardner
Lorna Gray .... Gail Richards
Lionel Atwill .... Dr. Cyrus Maldor
Charles Trowbridge .... Commissioner Dryden
Russell Hicks .... Mayor Randolph
George J. Lewis .... Bart Matson
John Davidson .... Gruber
Norman Nesbitt .... Newscaster
Frank Reicher .... Prof. Lyman [Ch. 1]
Hugh Sothern .... Prof. Dodge [Chs. 2-5]
Tom Chatterton .... J.C. Henley [Chs. 6-8]
Robert Frazer .... Dr. Clinton Lyman [Chs. 10-12]
John Hamilton .... Hillman [Chs. 13-14]
Crane Whitley .... Dirk [Chs. 11-12]
Edward Keane .... Scarab Agent 33 [Ch. 15]