Before MST3K there was The Texas 27 Film Vault! Balladeer’s Blog continues its celebration of this neglected cult show’s THIRTIETH anniversary.
On the Saturday before Christmas in 1985 our machine-gun toting Film Vault Technicians First Class presented Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, but since that flick has been shown by every single Movie Host show in history I opted to feature this 1986 holiday item instead.
EPISODE ORIGINALLY BROADCAST: Saturday December 20th, 1986 from 10:30pm to 1:00am.
SERIAL: Since this was a Christmas episode our heroes from the fictional Film Vault Corps (“the few, the proud, the sarcastic”) took a break from their pre-movie serial of the moment and instead showed and mocked a pair of short items with a Yuletide air. FIRST: Scrooge Loose, an 8 minute Gumby stop-motion animation treat from 1957. Gumby and his equine pal Pokey spot Ebenezer Scrooge escaping from the book A Christmas Carol and set off in pursuit, posing as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson just to make even less sense.
Scrooge, who says “Humbug” as frequenly as the Hulk says “Hulk will smash” bulldozes some children’s toys and replaces other toys with rocks before Gumby/Sherlock lassoes him and bags him in a sack Santa mistakes for his bag of toys and rides off with.
SECOND: The Frozen Planet, from the 1962-1964 cartoon series Space Angel. This science-fiction program featured the serialized adventures of Scott McCloud aka Space Angel, who with his male and female sidekicks Taurus and Crystal worked for the Earth Bureau of Investigation’s Interplanetary Space Force. Space Angel featured VERY limited animation and depicted the characters speaking via the same creepy “synchro-vox” mouth bit used in Clutch Cargo cartoons.
FILM VAULT LORE: This episode of The Texas 27 Film Vault featured Randy and Richard’s interview with Bob Eubanks, filmed earlier in the year along with other celebrity interviews at Ben Johnson’s ranch. The week after this Christmas episode T27FV showed the New Year’s Eve slasher film Terror Train (an episode previously reviewed by Balladeer’s Blog).
Also, the Drones, that subterranean race of pint-sized mischief-makers that the Film Vault Corps formed an alliance with, wreaked more than their usual share of havoc during the Host Segments. The raucous behavior of those Gremlin-type creatures along with the Christmas setting were very appropriate given that Randy Clower stated that the Drones were first introduced as partial parodies of the figures from 1984’s Yuletide film Gremlins.
THE MOVIE: No movie this time around, but a showing (and mocking) of The Cinammon Cinder Show Christmas Special from 1965, another cultural relic dredged up from the subterranean depths of the Film Vault beneath Dallas. The Cinammon Cinder Show was a 60s musical show similar to American Bandstand, Shindig and others. Bob Eubanks hosted the program which featured live acts as well as canned music and he also owned the Cinammon Cinder franchise of nightclubs throughout California.
This Christmas special featured Sonny and Cher plus the band called The Royale Monarchs, consisting of Dan Jaramillo (aka Dan Anthony), George Haraskin, Ed Loewe, Roger Stafford and John Case Schaeffer II. Lots of material for wry commentary from Randy and Richard.
It’s not a movie but The Cinnamon Cinder Show Christmas Special was a hilarious Time Capsule relic of 1960s musical pop culture. In its way it was funnier than The Rutles and the 60s flashbacks from This is Spinal Tap, albeit NOT intentionally so.
IN THE NEAR FUTURE BALLADEER’S BLOG WILL PRESENT MORE TEXAS 27 FILM VAULT MILESTONES. Be here to share the Film Vault Corp’s mission of “safeguarding America’s schlock-culture heritage”.
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