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WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT REPUBLIC SERIALS? (Various)

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How do you know when you’ve met a Martian? Well if he’s wearing a sequined hoodie and a medallion like in Zombies of the Stratosphere, you’ll know that Mars does not produce many good guys. How do you know if Tiger Woman is real? Her costume is made from Leopard print. How do you know Commander Cody knows how to stop the Cosmic Ray? Well you just know. Republic serials have been called the best of a low-budget / high action short subject genre that brought people–okay mostly boys–back to the movie theater week after week. This clip show from the Paramount Archives recent preservation work focuses on the amazing work done by stunt men and women, special effects wizards and the amazingly innovative re-use of costumes, props and full sequences from other movies. There are so many lessons to learn from the serials, and so many reasons to love them. (DCP)

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