Monday, May 11, 2009

From October 2004

Yesterday I visited The Dollar Tree ("Everything's a Dollar") and checked out the DVDs. I wound up with a stack that included mostly old TV shows: "The Jack Benny Show," "Topper," "Mr. and Mrs. North," "Ozzie and Harriet," and "Flash Gordon," which starred Steve Holland. It was filmed in Europe and syndicated in the U.S. in the mid-1950s. The episode I watched ("Flash Gordon and the Planet of Death") is so bad that it makes PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE look like CITIZEN KANE. The climactic fight scene is truly pathetic. The costumes worn by the Evil Invaders are hilarious (one of the E.I. looks exactly like Old Weird Harold from the FAT ALBERT cartoons; Bill Cosby must have seen this Flash Gordon episode). The pseudo-science in the story is even funnier than the costumes. Naturally I can't wait to see the other two episodes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing some of these -- noteworthy for the scenery-chewing antics of the German villains, and the cheap would-be-Caligari sets.

And for those who don't know, Steve Holland recovered from this turkey, returned to the US and become one of the busiest artist's models in the illustration world. You'll find him on hundreds of paperback covers, most famously Jim Bama's Doc Savage books from Bantam.

Art Scott