Balladeer’s Blog’s 9th Annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon continues!
Before MST3K there was … The Texas 27 Film Vault!
In the middle 1980s, way down on Level 31 Randy Clower and Richard Malmos, machine-gun toting Film Vault Technicians First Class hosted this neglected cult show.
ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: December 14th, 1985 to the best that can be determined.
SERIAL: Before showing and mocking the movie our members of the Film Vault Corps showed and mocked a chapter of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940).
In that serial Ming the Merciless unleashes a disease called the Purple Death on Earth, prompting Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr Zarkov to fly to the planet Mongo to find a cure and defeat Ming for good.
HOST SEGMENTS: None have been unearthed for this episode yet. As always if any other fans of this show have any info they would like to share feel free to contact me – see my About page for details.
We’ve come a long way toward tentatively reconstructing a tiny bit of this show’s history over the past few years so hopefully more memories will be jogged.
This is the notoriously cheapjack and rushed adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
The overall lameness and lack of effort is best represented in the scene with Marley’s Ghost. The ghost is “invisible” so Scrooge simply converses with an empty chair while Marley’s dialogue is heard in voice-over.
Seymour Hicks also played Scrooge in the 1913 silent movie version previously reviewed here at Balladeer’s Blog. In that version Hicks played Scrooge like a demented homeless person with wild eyes, sloppy clothes and unkempt hair.
Seymour’s depiction of Scrooge as a humanoid ferret in the 1935 film is better … but just barely. Everything else about the movie is so awful you’d think it was one of those painful to sit through talkies from 1929 or 1930.
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”.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFO ON THIS SHOW –https://glitternight.com/texas-27-film-vault/
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2 responses to “CHRISTMAS CAROL-A-THON – SCROOGE (1935) ON THE TEXAS 27 FILM VAULT”
It’s one of those movies that’s better the second time around.
I understand how you feel.