Sunday, August 8, 2010
Serials And Movie :The Decline of the Serials:
By the 1940s and early 1950s, serials had been so numerous that they were beginning to lose their popularity, with the increase in production costs, the onset of more sophisticated feature films in the talkie era, and the emergence of television in the period 1949-52. They were also repackaging themselves with boring and stale plots, stock situations and footage, and less imagination. Another reason for the decline was that TV shows (available for free at home) began to adopt and co-opt the serial format, in series such as Sky King, Captain Video, Hopalong Cassidy, Commando Cody: Sky Marshall of the Universe, The Gene Autry Show, Batman, and The Lone Ranger.
Another reason for the decline was that many serials were often humorless, campy, uninspiring, repetitive, cheaply made, and second rate with excessive stock footage. Inferior, low-budget science-fiction serials included the 15-part The Purple Monster Strikes (1945), King of the Rocket Men (1949), the 12-episode Flying Disc Man From Mars (1951) and Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952). Download free movies, download latest DVD or HD movies. Watch movies online.
Serials were briefly revived, however, in the 50s and 60s, when studios repackaged feature versions of many of their serials for TV release. In the early 50's, Republic entered this new medium of TV and produced a number of series specifically designed for it. Their 12-part serial Commando Cody: Sky Marshall of the Universe (1953) was released to film theatres in 1953, and was later broadcast on NBC in 1955 as the spin-off Commando Cody - as a 12-part summer replacement TV series. Much of the film's material was derived from Republic's earlier Radar Men From the Moon (1952).Download free movies, download latest DVD or HD movies. Watch movies online.
Universal stopped making serials at the end of WWII around 1947. Republic's last serial was King
of the Carnival (1955), while Columbia's Blazing the Overland Trail (1956) was regarded as the last official serial.Download free movies, download latest DVD or HD movies.
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