Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday Morning Pictures
This really is a homage to all those Republic Serials I watched as a kid down at the local cinema in Pitsea in Essex. It was called The Century and sadly has been turned into a Bingo hall. Back in the 50's and early 60's it had a children's matinee on Saturday mornings and you could go along and watch a feature, a serial and a cartoon or a short. Typical fare was a Laurel & Hardy short or maybe the Three Stooges. The feature would be a cowboy film or if we were lucky something like The Day The Earth Stood Still or Forbidden Planet. The serials were always a high point for me as they kept you on the edge of your seat, wondering what would happen in next week's thrilling episode! How would Captain Marvel get his head out of that box of dynamite? Would the Falcon jump from the flaming car as it went over the cliff?
My favourite of all was Captain Video - a sci-fi story with cardboard props and ray guns that look like they were made out of old cereal packets and toilet roll tubes! So great for kids to make when they got home and re-enacted the whole story with their friends outside.