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The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

Postby Frank Hoffman » Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:10 pm

I just watched this titled episode of Twilight Zone (Season 1 Episode 22), and although its a little preachy, it made me miss TV shows such as these. Twilight Zone could get any actor it wanted, and for good reason; it was just so well written.

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:21 pm

Frank Hoffman wrote:I just watched this titled episode of Twilight Zone (Season 1 Episode 22), and although its a little preachy, it made me miss TV shows such as these. Twilight Zone could get any actor it wanted, and for good reason; it was just so well written.

When I was young TV was so good you only needed three channels!
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Postby Monster » Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:57 pm

Frank Hoffman wrote:I just watched this titled episode of Twilight Zone (Season 1 Episode 22), and although its a little preachy, it made me miss TV shows such as these. Twilight Zone could get any actor it wanted, and for good reason; it was just so well written.

Agreed. TZ was sexcellent. I've discovered a lot of radio shows that are nearly as good.
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:34 pm

.......................but then there was all the rest of the dregs.

TV: is far superior today. Much more news. Much more science.....Dramas/serials much better.

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Postby Gord » Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:53 am

bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:TV: is far superior today. Much more news. Much more science.....Dramas/serials much better.

The news used to be done better, and the "science" shows I can access today are mostly about aliens, conspiracies, and bigfoot. :roll: I go to Youtube for that stuff now. All TV is good for now is cartoons.
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Postby TJrandom » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:36 pm

I miss the newsreels that were shown before the main feature....

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Postby Frank Hoffman » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:09 pm

TJrandom wrote:I miss the newsreels that were shown before the main feature....

Nobody is THAT old! :) Did you also stay for the vaudeville acts between movie showings?

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:43 pm

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TJrandom wrote:I miss the newsreels that were shown before the main feature....

Nobody is THAT old! :) Did you also stay for the vaudeville acts between movie showings?

Pathé News ran until 1970.
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Postby TJrandom » Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:18 pm

Frank Hoffman wrote:
TJrandom wrote:I miss the newsreels that were shown before the main feature....

Nobody is THAT old! :) Did you also stay for the vaudeville acts between movie showings?


Never saw those acts - but did enjoy the short cartoons that also preceeded the main. Front row of course.

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:45 pm

Last cartoon I saw at a theater was at the drive-in near our home, maybe 1964.
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Postby TJrandom » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:50 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Last cartoon I saw at a theater was at the drive-in near our home, maybe 1964.


Mine would have been late 50`s....

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Postby Gord » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:49 am

All ya'll are older than me, but I saw cartoons before the main feature when I was young. That would be pre-1975, then.
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Postby Bart Stewart » Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:03 pm

Frank Hoffman wrote:I just watched this titled episode of Twilight Zone (Season 1 Episode 22), and although its a little preachy, it made me miss TV shows such as these. Twilight Zone could get any actor it wanted, and for good reason; it was just so well written.

They always called it a writers' show! It inspired a lot of writers. Maple Street was one of the better episodes, though not in the top ten, for my money. I am kind of a student of this show. There's a lot to be said about it.

Serling wrote the vast majority of the episodes. He was a true workaholic. (And chain smoker. R.I.P.) He wanted to write stuff with social commentary, but in the conservative 1950s milieu the only way he had of getting away with it was under cover of fantasy. Thus, the Twilight Zone. Not all the eps had a political message but many did. And as great as the show was at its best, maybe a third of the episodes are dated and/or just not so good. They had a disastrous season where they tried to go to an hour-long format. It didn't work. They were able to survive for I think one more season at the half-hour length. Then there was Rod Serling's Night Gallery in the 1970s, but he was only the host, didn't write any of them, and didn't like the show much.

The top three most critically acclaimed TZ episodes seem to be, in order:
Eye of the Beholder
Time Enough At Last
It's a Good Life

I also highly recommend Nick of Time, The Dummy, Number 12 Looks Just Like You, and Stopover in a Quiet Town.

My first book was a collection of short stories in the Twilight Zone style. Tales of Real and Dream Worlds won a Finalist prize in a national contest (2008 Indie Excellence Awards) being beaten out only by a book that was endorsed by -- Deepak Chopra! You would not have believed that book, either. It was like a parody of New Age hooey. It was something like Rainbow Unicorn's Special Crystal Charm. It was about a unicorn that had a magic crystal! I felt like saying "You clods really believe in stuff like this so why are you entering it in the fiction category!!!"

Anyway, if you liked the Twilight Zone style you would probably get into Tales of Real and Dream Worlds.
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Postby Frank Hoffman » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:53 pm

Thanks. I will order "Tales of Real and Dream Worlds".
I will check out the episodes you mention; I have likely seen them, and just don't know them by the titles. One I do know is "Time Enough At Last", because I saw it when I was young (either the original 1959 broadcast or close too it), and my being even then much like Henry Bemis, it embedded itself deep in my memory.

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The best one was when Agnes Moorehead was the only actor.
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Postby Bart Stewart » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:11 am

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:The best one was when Agnes Moorehead was the only actor.

Yep, I should have put that one on my short list. It was called The Invaders.

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:04 pm

Bart Stewart wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:The best one was when Agnes Moorehead was the only actor.

Yep, I should have put that one on my short list. It was called The Invaders.

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Postby Matthew Ellard » Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:10 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote: Never mess with the crazy old lady who's several hundred feet tall.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invad ... light_Zone)
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I missed this episode and looked it up. There is "gem" after "gem". The spaceship appeared to be the original big model prop from Forbidden Planet. The music was by Jerry Goldsmith Anges Moorehead. was of course, in Citizen Kane and Bewitched.
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:59 pm

Le Epic Episode, oui?
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Postby Matthew Ellard » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:20 am

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Le Epic Episode, oui?
Well, I'm 99% sure, I read this story plot, in a 60's science fiction short story, probably by Richard Matheson, who wrote the episode's screenplay.

I can think a couple later references to this plot, by other SF writers. In Hitch-hikers Guide, the alien invasion fleet is swallowed by a dog. Obviously "Land of the Giants" nicks most of the story.

"The incredible shrinking man" is in the same vein. I have never been able to find a DVD of "Dr Cyclops" (1940) which is meant to be the best of these early films in this genre.
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:01 am

You can get VHS copies on Amazon.
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