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Trapped by Television (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 June 1936 (USA)
An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention.

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Del Lord

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Lee Loeb (screenplay), Harold Buchman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mary Astor ... Barbara 'Bobby' Blake
Lyle Talbot ... Fred Dennis
Nat Pendleton ... Rocky O'Neil
Joyce Compton ... Mae Collins
Thurston Hall ... John Curtis
Henry Mollison ... Thornton
Wyrley Birch ... Paul Turner
Robert Strange ... Standish
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An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention. Written by <Brian@earthlink.net>

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Science flashes into action... thunders out of the laboratories with the underworld's newest foe! (video box) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caught by Television See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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J.W. Greggs - Collection Agency Manager: [on the telephone] It ain't the policy of the Acme to threaten people. But if you don't kick in with that dough fast, I'm coming up there myself and smack you right on the button!
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Early, Early Television
12 November 2004 | by sbibb1See all my reviews

This public-domain film is often said to be a Science Fiction film because of the title. In reality it is a B drama/comedy, and there is nothing Sci-Fi about it.

Inventor Lyle Talbot has invented a TV camera and TV monitor. He is trying to finish it despite being broke and having bill collectors like Nat Pendleton breathing down his neck. When a scientist working on his own television format vanishes and is held by gangsters, a crooked radio executive thinks he has a way to gain more money from his company.

This is a interesting film for the time. TV was still in developmental stages at this point, and it is interesting to see what set designers thought a TV of the time would look like (big screens!).

The acting is good, Lyle Talbot was a staple in B-Films, as was supporting players Marc Lawrence, Joyce Compton and Nat Pendleton. Mary Astor, again wonderful and natural, would eventually graduate from B-Films to become an under appreciated A-list star.


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