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Trapped By Television
Trapped By Television
Actor: Lyle Talbot;Mary Astor
Director: Del Lord
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     1hr 30min

An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention. Studio: Gotham (dba Alpha) Release Date: 09/14/2004 Run time: 64 minutes


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Actor: Lyle Talbot;Mary Astor
Director: Del Lord
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/31/2004
Original Release Date: 06/15/1936
Theatrical Release Date: 06/15/1936
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Well-done little techno-thriller from a by-gone era
Steve Miller | Washington State | 07/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Want to see what Enemy of the State and other contemporary techno-thrillers will look like to your children and grand-children? Take a look at Trapped By Television 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 Trapped by Television, a techno-geek bill collector 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?

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

I recommend it very highly."
Great Science Fiction Curio Movie!!!!!!!!!!!
viewer | US | 05/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great science fiction curio 30's movie made when Television was in the delevelopmental stage and the thoughts they had on it at that time.It's a must see!!!!!!!!!!!!!"