Wed 6 Feb 2013 - 8: pm
Movie Mike and Kings County Cinema Society Present:
REAL 16MM FILM, NOT VIDEO—
SERIALS OF THE 30s AND 40s: PULP FICTION THRILLS!
An assortment serial first-chapters. Chapter One is designed to pull you in with foretaste of the best bits, establishes all the story elements, introduces the hero, the villain, supporting characters, and ends in a classic cliffhanger. Always the most coherent and entertaining chapter. Here’s your chance to see a cross-section of this rich, exciting genre
THE PHANTOM CREEPS (1939) The Phantom Creeps serves up a turkey club with lots of ham and cheez—yum! Bela Lugosi is Doctor Zorka, who plans to rule the world or something. It’s never clear, but who cares when you have an invisiblity belt and a silly-looking robot.
ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941) In a hidden chamber behind an ancient tomb, young Billy Batson meets the wizard Shazam, who offers him the powers of the Greek gods in order to combat evil. A puff of smoke, and little Junior Coughlin becomes massive Tom Tyler, with a cute half-cape and a lightning bolt on his chest.
UNDERSEA KINGDOM (1936)Handsome, muscular Crash Corrigan is eye candy for the ladies as he works out shirtless before donning naval togs to go down to Atlantis in the Atomic Submarine. The Lost Continent is made of leftover props from the silent Ben-Hur and Noah’s Ark, it’s ruled by Monte Blue as a madman in a silly hat. He’s got cavalry and charioteers, a bomber blimp and a high-speed armored car, plus robots.
FLASH GORDON (1936) Jump on Dr. Zarkov’s rocket and we’re off to Mongo, the planet of adventure, to battle Ming The Merciless! See dinosaurs and monsters, classic heroism and villainy, plus laughably crude special effects. With wonderful music, costumes and props, lots of thrills and action, a silly script, and bad acting.
TIGER WOMAN (1944) Lovely Linda Stirling, who did her own riding and stunts, is active and heroic in this female empowerment fable. She’s the queen of a South American tribe threatened by an evil scheming oil company’s armed goons.
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN (1949) Tris Coffin looks like he could actually win those fights, and he flies through the air with that rocket suit and bullet helmet which is the very stuff of our fondest dreams. If it were real it would blow his ass clean off, but we will disregard that for the sake of a good story.