Saturday Matinee: The Spider!

SPIDER cover#4 smllEvery Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at several videos related to the classic pulp character, The Spider. The Master of Men is a classic figure from the golden age of pulp and many fans regard him as the apex of characterization and action for the hero pulps. I’m partial to The Shadow myself but there’s definitely a visceral thrill to The Spider’s adventures that is undeniable.

First up, we have the trailer for a series of fan films made by Bernardo Alcover Camacho. The entire series is in Spanish but I think this trailer for the three-episode storyline gets the point across regardless of language:

Next up, we have a collection of action sequences from the 1938 classic serial, The Spider’s Web. You can find the entire serial on Youtube but this one captures some of the most dramatic scenes from the series and is a good & quick look at what the storyline was like:

Saturday Matinee: Fan Trailers

shadow1994Every Saturday, I find a movie, documentary or cartoon that I think will be of interest to my site’s visitors. Since most of you have an interest in pulp or adventure fiction, I usually aim for something that covers that ground. This week, we’re looking at Fan Trailers. These are exactly what that sounds like: trailers for real movies, but made by the fans. Check it out and you’ll agree that in many cases, the fans know better.

First up, this fan trailer for 1994’s The Shadow. Now THIS movie would have been simply amazing! What I love is how all the scenes and all the dialogue are from the original film but with different editing and music score, the effect is quite different. I love this!

If you saw the Indiana Jones Blu Ray Collection commercial, you know it basically amounted to “It’s Indy! Buy it!” But this fan trailer is a lot more fun and really makes you excited for the collection:

I adore 1999’s The Mummy film and think the original trailers are just fine. But this one is fun, too, and makes me want to go back and re-watch the movie!

Saturday Matinee: The Shadow (1954 TV Pilot)

Shadow_Death_From_NowhereEvery Saturday, I find a movie, documentary or cartoon that I think will be of interest to my site’s visitors. Since most of you have an interest in pulp or adventure fiction, I usually aim for something that covers that ground. Today we have the unaired 1954 pilot for The Shadow tv series. From the youtube page: “In this pilot episode, Lamont Cranston, a psychiatrist on retainer to the police department, is asked to assist in the Case of the Cotton Kimono murder investigation. Lamont and his girlfriend Margo Lane are not satisfied with Detective Harris’ analysis and call on the two prime suspects: the victim’s voice instructor and her boyfriend. When Harris, convinced that the boyfriend is guilty, frames the young man for the crime, Lamont is forced to assume his secret identity as “The Shadow”, and cloaked by his power of invisibility, seeks to force the true killer to reveal himself.”

It’s broken into two chunks, so after you’ve watched part one, you can move on to the finale:

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Saturday Matinee: The Making of The Man of Bronze

Pat_Savage_by_ronsalasWelcome to a regular feature at Ye Olde Blog: The Saturday Matinee! Every Saturday, I post a video of some kind that I think is worth your time. I recommend that you grab a bag of popcorn, your drink of choice and get cozy in your chair… ’cause you’re going to enjoy this!

Back in 1975, George Pal masterminded the making and release of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. The film was a disappointment to most, as it was full of camp and some silly interpretive choices. But if you like a lot of cheese with your films, it can be enjoyed for what it is. The following is a “making of” featurette that covers Pal’s thinking about the movie and how some of the important scenes were shot.

It’s not high art but it’s hokey fun, nonetheless. Hopefully, we’ll get a more serious Doc film in the future!

Our art today is by Ronald Salas and comes from Deviant Art — it shows Doc’s lovely cousin, Pat!

Saturday Matinee: Indiana Jones!

raiders-of-the-lost-ark-28-harrison-ford-karen-allen-marion-ravenwoodI love Indiana Jones — I’ve seen all the movies countless times, own all the novels and comics, etc. When I’m in the mood for some old-fashioned adventure with a pulpy flair, I’ll grab an Indy novel off the shelf or fire up one of my DVDs. While I’m not able to show you the entire Raiders of the Lost Ark film here, I can share with you this hilarious collection of quotes from the movie series. I guarantee you that you’ll chuckle more than once as you watch this! I know I did.

Remember: if adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones!

Saturday Matinee: Jonny Quest!

DaveStevens_JonnyQuest#5_1986_100It’s another episode of our Saturday Matinee series! Every Saturday, I post a link to a movie or short feature that you can watch right here in your browser! If you have an idea for something that I can share with others, drop me a line!

This week, we have the first two episodes of Jonny Quest — including the pilot episode, which is before they added Hadji! I used to love this cartoon and still think it’s one of the greatest adventure shows ever. With a heavy pulp influence, I think it’s well worth your time — whether you’re viewing it with nostalgic eyes or for the very first time!


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Today we’re watching Constant Payne’s pilot episode — this was a very pulpy series that Nickelodeon passed on because of some lingering post-9/11 fears in the United States. There are strong anime, steampunk and pulp influences here and I think it’s worth a look. Too bad that Nickelodeon passed on this!


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It’s that time of week when I post some fun links that can occupy you for awhile. Feel free to grab yourself some popcorn and get comfortable!

Today we have a fan film made in 2006 by Blinky Productions, showing The Shadow in a modern day setting. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s still a fun little clip and it’s great to see The Shadow onscreen. So check it out and enjoy this fan film version of pulp’s greatest hero.

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The_Shadow_Knows_by_E_MannHere’s a link to the entire The Shadow Strikes (1937) film — you can watch it right now by simply clicking the play button below. The Shadow’s first film incarnation isn’t a great movie but it’s of interest to you if you’re a fan of classic pulp and/or The Shadow, I think. I’m going to try and find more special treats to share with you on Saturdays for the near future.