A signal from Buddy Deering on Mars warns Earth that the Tiger Men of Mars and their cruel king have broken their treaty and are attacking. Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering go to rendezvous ... See full summary »
A signal from Buddy Deering on Mars warns Earth that the Tiger Men of Mars and their cruel king have broken their treaty and are attacking. Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering go to rendezvous with the Earth battlefleet before setting off to fight the tigerships. Baldpated genius inventor Dr. Huer uses the "cosmic radiotelevision" to watch the space battle. Which side will be victorious? The tigerships and their paralysis ray? Or our Earth forces, armed with the flash ray and Dr. Huer's new magnetic ray? Written by
One look at this ten minute feature, and you know it would never win any awards. The acting was horrific, the script confusing and corny, the special effects terrible even by contemporary 30's standards. But we view this with the advantage (or disadvantage?) of time, and thereby measure it against the accomplishments achieved through the intervening years.
So why bother? Well, perhaps it will bring back a memory or two of sitting in a theater on a Saturday morning 50 years ago and catching the next episode in the serial of Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon, followed by an Abbott and Costello short and a cartoon before the main feature, which more often than not was of the same poor production quality. But who cared as we munched on Jujubes and popcorn and, from the balcony, threw our wrappers at our buddies down below.
This Buck Rogers episode was the first one made, and was shown to adoring crowds several times a day at the 1935 World's Fair in Chicago. Of course, sales of Buck Rogers paraphernalia accompanied the showing. But you've got to wonder - were the folks of that depressed era more gullible? Did they not realize those little spaceships were just models circling around at the end of a string? Or is it us that have become naive in our own advanced sophistication?
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