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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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Larry O'Reilly
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Cast

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Peter Roberts Peter Roberts ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Silly but OK
29 January 2010 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Short about superstitions and how they affect everyday life. They also go into various things people do or use to protect themselves or predict the future (like Ouija boards and fortune tellers). There are some amusing dated facts here too--according to this many people have died because they pay wizards to cure them of illness instead of going to doctors! Silly short with insipid narration full of groaners. It takes a VERY condescending view of all this and seems to point out that people who do any of these things are utter idiots. Still it's fascinating to see as a historical document and it is only 8 minutes long. I give it a 6.


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