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Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955)

This short film examines the role in mid-20th century America of superstitions, personal rituals, taboos, talismans, and the black arts.

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An RKO-Pathe Screenliner short subject. Superstitions are examined in the context of mid-20th century America. Walking under ladders, spilt salt, stepping on cracks, haunted houses, voodoo dolls, and such are used to illustrate the widespread belief in the supernatural. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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14 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Screenliners (1955-1956 season) #2: Black Cats and Broomsticks  »

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A Little Hoodoo
19 November 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An RKO-Pathe Screenliner Short Subject.

The nervous have more things to fret about than just the BLACK CATS AND BROOMSTICKS of Halloween.

This humorous little film takes a lighthearted look at fortune predictors (Ouija boards, horoscopes, palmistry, etc.) as well as various superstitions: spilling salt, walking under ladders, Friday the 13th, luck charms, chain letters and so forth.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


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