Virtual Moving History VI – John Frankenheimer: As Seen on TV [Online]
Travel back in time to the golden age of television! Anthology dramas are remembered fondly by critics and cognoscenti for bringing live theatre to living rooms in the 1950s. All the nostalgia wrapped up in soft shades of black and white, suspense, romance, and crackly soundtracks, complete with campy commercials.
In collaboration with Scarecrow Video, MIPoPS presents selections from filmmaker John Frankenheimer for this installment of Virtual Moving History. Frankenheimer donated videotapes of some of his earliest TV productions to Scarecrow Video, that appear to have been recorded off of TV in the early 1960s.
Playhouse 90: Forbidden Area (1956)
Airing October 4, 1956, the inaugural episode of TV anthology series Playhouse 90 was Rod Serling‘s adaptation of Pat Frank’s Soviet espionage novel Forbidden Area. Starring Charlton Heston, Tab Hunter and Vincent Price.
Danger: Knife in the Dark (1954)
In this claustrophobic episode of the series Danger, written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer, Paul Newman stars as a tormented convict who must take a stand against the violent inmate who murdered his best friend. This episode aired December 7, 1954 on CBS.
Storytelling is at the heart of Scarecrow Video. For thousands of years, stories have been the way we learn about our collective past, interpret our present, and dream about our future; and they have the power to transcend boundaries both real and imagined. For over 100 years, film has been an essential medium for portraying the human experience. Scarecrow is devoted to gathering and sharing as many of these cinematic stories as possible. Their collection of over 131,000 unique titles (over three times the number of titles available through Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, combined) is housed in their Seattle location, and is unparalleled in its scope and accessibility.
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About [Virtual] Moving History
Sundays, 4:30–5:30pm PDT
MIPoPS is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist archives, libraries, and other organizations with the conversion of analog video recordings to digital formats according to archival best practices.
In order to adhere to social distancing best practices, MIPoPS is proud to partner with the Northwest Film Forum to bring you a weekly series of archival videotape documenting a diverse history in Seattle. Featuring a variety of material and topics, this series will curate a set of clips each Sunday to provide comic relief, historically relevant medical and public health documentation, performance recordings, and much more.
MIPoPS hopes this series will educate and entertain viewers during this time of uncertainty and isolation.