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Trapped by Television (1936)

Trapped by Television (1936)

Trapped by Television





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Back in 1936, it was assumed that, once perfected, television would be a two-way device, enabling viewers to transmit as well as receive. In this film, such a device is developed by inventor Fred Dennis. He is financed by crooked businessman Curtis, who has his own evil plans for television.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lee Loeb, Harold Buchman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
Columbia Pictures


Lyle Talbot
as Fred Dennis
Mary Astor
as Barbara Blake
Nat Pendleton
as Rocky O'Neill
Joyce Compton
as Mae Collins
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Not too bad of a little film. It has a little humor and whits. The plot isn't so bad but outdated to today's technology. The characters are alright, and the film isn't very long. Basically a film about the dreams of science, in this case, one which does come true.


Trapped By Television
Starring: Mary Astor, Nat Pendleton, and Lyle Talbot
Director: Del Lord

Want to see what [i]Enemy of the State[/i] and other contemporary techno-thrillers will look like to your children and grand-children? Take a look at [i]Trapped By Television[/i] and you'll get an insight into the future, as this B-movie revolves around the latest, greatest, cutting-edge technology of 1936... TELEVISION!

In [i]Trapped by Television[/i], a techno-geek bill collector (Nat Pendleton) is sent to repo some equipment for a loser (Lyle Talbot). Said loser turns out to be an inventor who has created the perfect television recording/broadcasting device, so instead of doing the repo job, the bill collector becomes the inventor's assistant, hooks him with a couple of spunky (if crooked) promoters (led by Mary Astor), and sets him on the path to selling his invention with a major broadcast company that has been attempting to develope their own television device. Unfortunately, standing between the scientist and his roguish companions are a group of violent techno-thieves who have stolen some designs the broadcast company was developing and intend to sell them back to the company at a huge profit. Will our intrepid heroes gain fame and fortune and advance the technology of entertainment, or will television be their death trap?

[i]Trapped By Television[/i] features a sharp script, likable characters, and some nice acting. It's fun watch, and it is a great illustration of how much things have changed in our world in just 50 years.

I recommend it very highly.

Steve Miller

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