Friday, January 08, 2010

FAMW: Zorro’s Fighting Legion

Our regular Friday afternoon feature of the Friday Afternoon Moment of Whimsy has never had a title. That will change with the start of this year, as one can see above. It can also be identified by the FAMW.

Now that the business meeting is over, back to our regularly scheduled program ...

I know what you're all thinking: “Hey, Mister Black Hat Guy, we’ve got a fever, and the only cure is MORE WHIMSY!” Yeah, those flash mobs were really great, right? But we'll get back to those later.

There's no getting around the need to introduce fresh material from time to time, so mwbh is bringing you an occasional feature with this installment, one that you are sure to link via Twitter to all your close personal friends whom you've never met (and to some you already have, right Paul?).

In 1984, a comedy troupe called “The LA Connection” did a pilot for Nickelodeon, which featured old film classics (and some not-so-classic) subject to impromptu overdubbing by the comedians themselves before a movie theater audience. It eventually expanded into twenty-six half-hour episodes, under the title of Mad Movies, spoofing such films as The Stranger, Beneath the 12 Mile Reef, Perils of Pauline, Cyrano de Bergerac, Cinderella, The Inspector General, and The Outlaw. The series ran for two years, and there has been nothing like it ever since. And due to complications with studio copyrights for the source material, the series never made it onto DVD.

But wait, there is hope. Some of the episodes appear on YouTube, and we've got one for you -- well, two, because it's in two parts -- the 1938 Republic serial “Zorro's Fighting Legion” starring Reed Hadley. Most of the dialogue is beyond appeal to younger children, but should be suitable for adults and adolescents.

Wait till you see what they did to Bob Hope and his Road movies. Whatever happens, the FAMW just got better.

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