Trapped by Television equates to a bit more than most 30's cinematic
potboilers. It may include a number of the tropes that genre films from
that decade usually have but it is distinct in that it is quite
historically interesting. The reason for this is that it depicts a 30's
view of television a technology that hadn't actually happened at that
point in time yet. Interestingly, the film speculates that these
devices would not only be able to receive signals but to transmit them
as well. To this end we have an inventor devise an elaborate art deco
TV that can do just this. The plot-line surrounding this has him
needing financial backing and going to a shady businessman, while a
gang of criminals gets involved seeing this new invention as a
potentially massive money-maker.
It's actually quite a decent premise for one of these flicks, given
that, as we all know perfectly well, television would soon go on to be
perhaps the most successful and influential technological development
of the 20th century and the depiction of how it could work in this
movie is charming and entertainingly quaint. Aside from all this, the
plot-line still has the usual requisite elements seen in umpteen films
from the period such as a male/female duo, a comedy-relief character
in this case a science-loving debt collector and dastardly villains.
And to top it all off, it rounds off with a satisfying extended fight
sequence and there's really nothing wrong with that either.
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