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.

7 comments:

scrapatorium said...

What a wonderful memory! It's not even remotely as charming as that anymore. Such lovely, innocent times.

I can't even say that we had that experience in the 1970s. My mom would drop us off at the multiplex cinema with our friends and we would watch 2-3 movies. Little did she know that we would sneak into the rated R horror flicks.

AlekSandra said...

It looks great,makes me wish to get in there,just for a walk!Or talk!Or something else......to dream on!

Anonymous said...

I have so enjoyed looking at this site each day to see what new collages have been posted!! This new topic and the last, gave me great inspiration although, I haven't acted on it. I am not really a collage artist, or what one would call an artist at all. I just enjoy art and make stabs at it occasionally. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face!

Punwit said...

I thought of doing a drive-in movie collage. My brother & I had bad dreams from "The House that Screamed" which played after "Evel Knievel". You're right about the good old days, A. Most of us seem to have grown up in the same era, so nobody has to ask what an 8-track is, and knows hows to dial a phone.

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks all for nice comments. Much appreciated.

Crafty Dogma said...

Lovely collage and story. Your fondness of the movies reminded me of the film Cinema Paradiso.

wastedpapiers said...

Yes, another of my favourite films. I guess we were lucky to have a small friendly cinema within walking distance back then. Still trying to catch up with all those films I watched back then - wallowing in nostalgia!