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Cliffhangers

This is the world of movie serials, where heroes about to meet certain death...and you must return because the adventure is...continued next week!

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Remember laserdiscs? It's a now-defunct format but I still have several including about a dozen featuring various serials. Here I am holding one that starred the one and only Phyllis Coates of "The Adventures of Superman" fame...

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Comment by Kenneth Walker on July 2, 2016 at 9:25am

OOPS !  Forgot to include DVDS.

Comment by Kenneth Walker on July 2, 2016 at 9:23am

First let me wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. Judging from the many entries on utube  and other sites there is still a healthy interest in serial more commonly known as cliffhangers. Prices vary for cassettes   and theres various sites offering items for sale. A bit of advice from lifelong fan who saw his first serial at age seven in 1941. In most cases do not expect pristine prints.There are exceptions such as Sonys  Batman and Superman series  along with Republic Home Video cassettes. The others fall into the passibles to unwatchable categories.Some companies such as VCI have remastered some of their serials with varied degrees of success. Every now and then there sre reports of restored serials. Some are very good such as the king of the Mounties series  and Dick Tracy  from VCI. But don't expect miracles. Theres only so much that can be done with old negatives .Often parts of reels and sounds are missing and the list goes on. If pristine prints aren't important then theres plenty of sources and products. If picture and sound are important then  take some time. Their out there but often hard to find. Again  have a HAPPY 4th. OF JULY.

Ken Walker.

Comment by Dave Miller on May 5, 2016 at 3:25pm

Happy Birthday William Witney. Born May 5th 1915

Taking a break while filming 'NORTH OF THE GREAT DIVIDE' 1950, William Witney celebrates his 35th birthday. Pictured to the right is Jack Lacey (tall guy with hat) asst dir. and Marie Messinger script sup. (picture courtesy of Angel Gutierrez)

Comment by Kenneth Walker on February 19, 2016 at 12:39pm

Looks like something the late Ed  Woods  Jr. might have dreamed up. LOL

Comment by Dave Miller on February 18, 2016 at 7:38pm

During 1928 this serial was promoted extensively in movie-industry trade papers like MOTION PICTURE NEWS. Never heard of it? Well, don't bother looking it up on IMDb: ACE OF THE CLOUDS wasn't completed. In fact, there's no proof that it ever went before the cameras. Ads and news stories promising its imminent availability were planted in an apparent attempt to drum up interest that might have translated into financing.
~Source: Ed Hulse ‎B Movies & Serials

Comment by Dave Miller on February 17, 2016 at 8:41pm

One of the Rocket Man incarnations. Rocket Man was one of my favorite serial characters.

Comment by Kenneth Walker on February 15, 2016 at 11:25am

John Duncan.............Rest in peace '

Comment by Ktrek on February 15, 2016 at 1:30am

Sad but he was in his 90s!

Comment by Dave Miller on February 14, 2016 at 8:02pm

Feb. 14, 2016

John Duncan, who played Robin in the "Batman and Robin" movie serial, has died

Article appears here...

Comment by Ktrek on January 30, 2016 at 2:38am

No offense taken Ken. I just think that by movie standards of the time it's a little corny but by serial standards, which are lower than the A and sometimes B standards of the movies of the period, it is a good and fun to watch serial. Certainly one of the better serials for sure.

 

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