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John Wayne Movie Serials


John Wayne's first feature film, The Big Trail (1930), bombed at the box office, leaving Wayne to continue his career in B westerns and serials. None of Wayne's serials placed him in the West, but they weren't short on adventure. (1) The Hurricane Express (1932) found him battling an arsonist bent on destroying a railroad company. (2) Shadow of the Eagle (1932) placed him in a carnival. And (3) The Three Musketeers (1933) found him in the Foreign Legion.
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1.  The Hurricane Express (condensed version) (1932) – John Wayne

The Hurricane Express (1932) is a 12-chapter Mascot Pictures film serial that stars John Wayne as the airplane pilot Larry Baker who goes after a mystery villain named "The Wrecker," the man responsible for a train crash that killed Wayne's father.


2.  The Shadow of the Eagle (1932) - John Wayne

The Shadow of the Eagle is a  12 Chapter 1932 Mascot film serial, starring John Wayne in his first serial role.  The Eagle uses sky writing to make threats against a corporation. Nathan Gregory owns a traveling fairground and is thought to be the Eagle. Craig McCoy (John Wayne) is a pilot who goes looking for the Eagle when Gregory turns up missing. 

The Shadow of the Eagle (1932) John Wayne (all serials combined)


3.  The Three Musketeers (1933 - 12 episodes)  - John Wayne


The Three Musketeers is a 1933 serial film produced by Mascot Pictures which updates Dumas' The Three Musketeers by setting the story in contemporary North Africa. The Musketeers are soldiers in the French Foreign Legion, and D'Artagnan (renamed Lt. Tom Wayne and played by John Wayne), is a pilot in the United States military.  Three members of the French Foreign Legion are the only survivors of an attack by Arabs. 

The three, Clancy (Jack Mulhall), Renard (Raymond Hatton) and Schmidt (Francis X. Bushman Jr.) are rescued from certain death by Tom Wayne (John Wayne).
A mysterious masked figure known as El Shaitan plots a rebellion against the Legion. 
 is framed for the murder of his friend Armand Corday (Creighton Chaney – later to be called Lon Chaney Jr.) and spends the rest of the story trying to prove his innocence while at the same time attempting to learn the identity of El Shaitan.  The three legionnaires dub themselves "The Three Musketeers" One for all, and all for one") and Wayne their "D'Artagnan.


This is the last of John Wayne's three serials for Mascot Studios.

It was later edited down to just below feature length and released as the 1946 Desert Command.