Classic Cliffhangers: Volume 1, 1914-1940

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Even today, movie serials continue to enchant movie fans. The innocence, energy and undeniable skill that permeate every reel of these chapter plays is a tribute to the true pioneers of gorilla filmmaking make em fast, make em as good as possible with as little as possible, and make em fun. The best serials are classic examples of early American low-budget filmmaking. The bad ones are silly and stilted, but always charming and sometimes bizarre. At the very least, they offer a window into another time and place. And with the state the world is in today, it s a very welcome place where the good guys always win, the kid saves the day and the hero gets the girl.

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HANK DAVIS is a professor of psychology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, with an interest in evolutionary psychology and popular culture. He became hooked on movie serials when he was a kid growing up in New York. Hank has also written extensively about music and produced more than 100 boxed-sets and reissue albums of 1950s music, from Hank Williams to Sun Records stars like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich. A lifetime baseball fan, Hank is also the author of Small-Town Heroes, a critically acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at minor league baseball, published by Bison Books. These two Volumes of Classic Cliffhangers are his first books about film.

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An enjoyable book for devotees of all kinds of classic cinema and pop culture, not just serial fans --Eric Stedman. Serial Squadron

A loving recollection of a more innocent yesteryear. Brimming with humor and intelligence. --Len Brown, KOOP-FM Austin, Texas

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