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Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls (1936)

I thought "Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls" was just an idea that was floated by Hammer Films in 1971 and never developed. It turns out Hammer was trying to revive this forgotten Republic Pictures serial from 1936.

Actually it's a mashup I made from old serials and a few feature movies, all public domain.
Dick Tracy (1937)
Ace Drummond (1936)
The Lost World (1925)
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)
Three Musketeers (1933)
The Hurricane Express
Shadow of Chinatown
The Phantom Creeps
Undersea Kingdom (1936)
Thief of Baghdad (1978 TV movie)
Newsreels: Akron Disaster (1933), Giant Dirigible Sets Record (1936), Zeppelin Explodes (1937 Hindenberg)

The main theme song is taken from Captain Scarface (1953) which is supposed to be public domain, so I hope the music is too.

See if you can spot John Wayne firing a machine gun from a biplane and later bailing out of a burning ship. Sitting behind him in the biplane is Noah Beery, who played James Garner's father on Rockford Files.

The song with which Ace Drummond (John "Dusty" King) delights his fellow passengers is "Give Me A Ship and A Song" by Kay Kellogg.

For extra credit, find the two Wilhelm screams, one actor who wasn't even born until 1939, and explain to me why that kid exclaims "Mammy" as he listens to the song. Was that what Cartman would have exclaimed back in the day instead of "sweet"?

A few other inside jokes:
1. Nat Levine really did produce a string of serials in that era.
2. "Potrzebie" is a Polish word that was repeated in Mad magazine for some reason.
3. The recap title card says they're attacked by a "Muranian" Flying Wing. Murania is the name of the underground kingdom in The Phantom Empire.
4. "The Fur Pirates" is the third chapter of Dick Tracy (1937).

PLUG: If you love the hell out of serials, or just want something for your at-home MST3K sessions, pick up the Classic Serials Megapack: 150 Episodes on DVD. But be forewarned, since they're all or mostly public domain, you can find most of them on or elsewhere on the web as free downloads.

Finally, if you really want to see dogfights between pterodactyls and biplanes as imagined by a 1970s UK film company, I've seen some reviews that say they show one in The People That Time Forgot (conveniently sold with Land That Time Forgot on the same disk). Haven't seen it yet, but I just ordered it.


My keywords are teh lulz

I think a solid ad revenue stream has just been revealed to me. After signing up with Google Analytics a few days ago, I discovered that hits on some of my pages were the results of searches for the following sets of keywords:
"fuck texas"
"stupid bitch"

However, when I googled those phrases, using quotation marks, the very highest results on motherfucking GOOGLE, number one top results for each of those phrases, were pages from my website. It's a long story. If I were Deputy Barney Fife right now, I would be thumbing my suspenders so hard that my shirt would rip off.

Not something I want to brag to gramma about, but it is something I want to take advantage of, by putting some google ads on those pages. Hell to the yes. Unless Google restricts them, the advertisers are bound to be pornographers. Oh well. It's just text ads. If anyone complains, I'll pretend it will be a surprise. ...and I'll hope they aren't able to find this blog post admitting that I'm not surprised.

I'm not the kind of person who uses those phrases (anymore) or endorses their use by anyone else, but I'm confident that people will keep looking up the keyword phrases "stupid bitch" and most especially "FUCK TEXAS" for eons to come.

I love you!


Melinda's Japanese Lesson

私の猫Songlian はつきまとうtheBoringDispatcher のための精神健康の病院にあり、彼女は精神分裂症と診断された。

The line above purportedly shows (if you have the right Japanese character set installed on your web browser) a translation of "My cat Songlian is on the psyche ward for stalking TheBoringDispatcher and she was diagnosed with schizophrenia."

See Melinda's video at:


White Ammunition (circa 1942)

Milk propaganda video, dressed up as national propaganda.


Harlan Hatcher Graduate Labyrinth