CLASSIC TELEVISION AND THE LOST ART OF LUFFING
Warm up those old cathode ray tubes and dust off those penny loafers for a walk down Memory Lane as UNCLE PETE brings you the CLASSIC TELEVISION SPECTACULAR (Part I) this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. With UNCLE PETE being enveloped last week by a strange relaxed feeling (as well as a strange cloud of smoke from El Vato’s imported “incense”), he decided to stay put in the Dark Vault Den for another week and open up the Dark Vault Classic Television Archives (while the Dark Vault Film areas get aired out a bit).
First up, UNCLE PETE presents an episode of Clutch Cargo. Clutch Cargo utilized the special Synchrovox process which combined animation and live action speaking parts. In this episode from 1962, Clutch, his sidekick Spinner and that pugnacious pooch Paddlefoot meet up with Mister Abominable. More action follows from 1967 with episode 1 of Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot. Johnny, his pal and his giant robot defend the earth against all sorts of evil and assorted giant beasties.
Next we turn to suspenseful spookiness with a little seen series from the 50s called The Veil. This series, hosted by Boris Karloff, presented tales of eerie occurrences but unfortunately only stayed in production for 10 episodes.
It’s Destination: Outer Space and a return to the Synchrovox process with Space Angel. In this 1962 episode called The Ghost and Crystal Mace, Space Angel and his crew encounter a planet inhabited by some very upset and mischievous ghosts.
Then it’s back to earth where evil is afoot once again in The Adventures Of Dr. Fu Manchu. This series, which ran for 39 episodes, was one of the first syndicated Television programs. This episode finds the evil doctor kidnapping a famous plastic surgeon to do some work on a fellow evil-doer who has been in hiding since the fall of his former stomping grounds – Nazi Germany. Naztiness abounds in this episode entitled The Master Plan Of Dr. Fu Manchu.
Back at the Dark Vault Den, UNCLE PETE watches the tube with his rat buddies, tries to get his robot buddy to demonstrate the process of Luffing (and we’re still not sure what Luffing is), and grows a Fu Manchu moustache. Plus, there’s a cameo appearance by the guy who replaced the old Skull and Crossbones as the symbol of poison and ickiness – Mr. Yuk.
So whether you have a black and white set or one of those new color console sets, make sure it’s good and warmed up for this Saturday night March 3, 2012 at 10PM on channel 4. It’s a trip to the Golden Age Of Television with UNCLE PETE and the Classic Television Spectacular on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!