Serials

More on “10-20-30” Melodrama

Posted in Serials on June 25, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

In addition to providing visceral thrills, 10-20-30 “mellers” regularly trafficked in narrative devices that would later be incorporated into motion-picture serials. They often revolved around a struggle for vitally important papers: the map to hidden wealth, the deed to a home, the will to an estate, the plans to an invention, the confession to a […]

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The Movie Serial’s Precursor: “10-20-30” Stage Melodrama

Posted in Serials on June 24, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

(Have you ever wondered from whence the motion-picture serial developed? Here’s an excerpt from my upcoming book, Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders, which explains the chapter play’s origin at some length.) From its beginnings, the motion-picture serial reflected the influences of popular-priced stage melodrama and mass-market fiction, the latter delivered to thrill-hungry readers in cheaply […]

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DON WINSLOW OF THE NAVY: Finally, a Good-Looking DVD!

Posted in Serials on June 7, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

Props to the good people at Hermitage Hill Media for their new, bargain-priced DVD edition of Don Winslow of the Navy, a 1942 Universal serial based on the once-popular comic strip by Frank V. Martinek and Leon Beroth. It features brawny, iron-jawed Don Terry as the intrepid Winslow, Walter Sande as Don’s sidekick Red Pennington, […]

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