There are endless wonderful images on Facebook, I guess if you have the right "Friends" who post on similar interests. I found this one posted by Matthew C. Hoffman, who is a Facebook friend who I don't really know. He is running a Screen Deco film series in Park Ridge, Illinois. Here is His Album of terrific stills and posters from art deco classics like She, Cleopatra, Madame Satan and Things to Come.
1939 has been heralded as Hollywood's finest year. Memorable as they are, I would not pick Wizard of Oz or Gone With the Wind as my favorites today. Here are some I do really like and will watch again and again whenever I find them on TCM: Stagecoach, Destry Rides Again, Gunga Din, Young Mr. Lincoln, Of Mice and Men, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Four Feathers, Drums Along the Mohawk and Man in the Iron Mask. Outstanding serials of 1939 are Zorro's Fighting Legion, Daredevils of the Red Circle, Dick Tracy's G-Men and The Phantom Creeps.
Here is a memory I still have but can't find the scene in any film. It is a jungle serial chapter ending that I saw on 1950s TV. I recall the first chapter ending in a plane crash in the jungle, a very logical way to start a serial. The ending of either chapter 2 or 3 is the one I can't find. The hero and I am pretty sure the heroine with him are in a pit of crocodiles on a ledge just above all those snapping jaws. In order to escape they need to make their way along the ledge to the other side where there is an escape door. A stone slips and they appear to fall in the pit as the chapter ends. I also thought this was a Clyde Beatty serial. His 1934 Mascot serial The Lost Jungle ends with a dirigible crash in chapter one. Chapter 4 is called "Pit of Crocodiles" but at the end he is dangling above the crocs hanging on for dear life -- no ledge or escape door. There is no scene like I recall in his 1936 Republic serial Darkest Africa either. I have looked through every other jungle serial I can find and no crocs-with-ledge scene. I do have a few rare ones to someday acquire and look through, like Buster Crabbe's 1952 King of the Congo. (Could I possibly have seen the lost Crabbe serial Tarzan the Fearless as a child?)
For Christmas I got myself the first two volumes of Floyd Gottfredson's collected Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strips. Floyd was the equal of Carl Barks in high adventure stories set in the old west, haunted houses, pirate islands or the Yukon. Comic fans must read these superb stories as they originally appeared in newspapers starting in 1929. The 1932-33 story "Blaggard Castle" involves Mickey and Horace Horsecollar vs. 3 mad scientists in a haunted castle. The setting either inspired the Mickey cartoon "The Mad Doctor" (1933) or was inspired by it since Floyd was aware of every Mickey cartoon in production. I suspect he saw the storyboard for the cartoon and turned the idea into the cartoon strip that ran about the same time the cartoon hit theaters.
In the comic strip, but not the cartoon, Mickey enters a crocodile pit and walks along a ledge, as shown in the few panels just below. Could I have seen a reprint of this strip as a child and transposed it to a jungle serial I saw on television??? I don't think so, but who knows? I will keep looking.
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