Trapped by Television (1936)

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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.


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  • Mary Astor, Joyce Compton, Henry Mollison, Nat Pendleton, and Lyle Talbot in Trapped by Television (1936)
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12 November 2004 | sbibb1
Early, Early Television
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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Genres

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

15 June 1936

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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