GenreAction, Adventure, Crime SequelWhite Eagle Duration CountryUnited States
WriterMorgan B. Cox, John Cutting, Jesse A. Duffy, James W. Horne Release dateOctober 1, 1940 ScreenplayJames W. Horne, John Cutting, Jesse Duffy, Morgan Cox CastVictor Jory (Spike Holland), Iris Meredith (Valerie Howett), James Craven (Abel Bellamy), Robert Fiske (Savini), Dorothy Fay (Elaine Bellamy), Forrest Taylor (Parker Howett) Similar moviesMission: Impossible, Hitman: Agent 47, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Amazing Spider-Man
TaglineHITS THE BULL'S- EYE FOR THRILL LOVERS! (original print ad-all caps)
The Green Archer is 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 of the same name in 1925 by Pathé Exchange.
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 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.
This serial is an example of a fifteen-episode production that could have been rented for a twelve-episode run, as three episodes use an entirely self-contained subplot concerning the theft of a synthetic radium formula.
Prison Bars Beckon
The Face at the Window
The Devil's Dictograph
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 Exposed
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
Eddie Parker doubling for Victor Jory (Spike Holland)
The script was written by Morgan B. Cox, John Cutting, and Jesse A. Duffy. 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 enjoyably florid as the villain, and his henchmen also play for laughs, with comedian Fred Kelsey cast as a very dumb detective. In one scene some of the crooks are shown playing tiddlywinks.
The serial was released in the US on October 1, 1940, and in Latin America in March 1941 under the title El Arquero Verde (in English with Spanish subtitles). The Green Archer was one of 1940's best remembered serials.