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In the Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials (McFarland Classics) Kindle Edition

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Length: 293 pages

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Not only gives the background, but also imparts the excitement of the chapterplay...lists them all --Classic Images

Entertaining --Big Reel

Interesting and nostalgic...a mass of detail...such information can make a summer afternoon" --Choice

"Deeply enthusiastic." --Film Quarterly

"The definitive record of the sound serials." --The Western Film

About the Author

The late William C. Cline was a famous columnist for Big Reel and lived in Concord, North Carolina.

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  • File Size: 7368 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (December 1, 1997)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 1997
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K7JLOE
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tom clapper on August 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Great reference book. Concentrates on the people who made the serials rather than the serials themselves. One fifth of the volume is devoted to Filmography listing serials released from 1930 through 1956 as well as background information. Excellent index. Fantastic photos from films. Some typos. Don't read this volume until after you see the serial as the secret identity or plot twist is sometimes given away. Appreciation of the motion picture serial is greatly enhanced after reading this monograph.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randy B. on May 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cline makes it clear that he has a fond nostalgia for the cliffhanger serial chapters he saw at the "kiddie matinees" when he was young. He starts enthusiastically by describing his excitement and sense of wonder when he saw his first serials.

But then he attempts to capsulize the entire history of serials, and gets bogged down with lists of credits and mundane details which it seems he was bored with as he assembled all the data. It makes for a fairly dry read, written in an adequate but average journalistic style which doesn't often inspire the reader to seek out the serials he's trying to be the historian for.

It ends up as a handy reference for serial fans who want to check up on information, but has little of the dash and enthusiasm of the cliffhanger films themselves.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
McFarland & Co Publishing presents "IN THE NICK OF TIME: MOTION PICTURE SOUND SERIALS" (Hardcover) - By the famous Big Reel columnist: William C. Cline, the story of serials from Universal's 1930 "The Indians Are Coming" to Columbia's 1956 "Blazing the Overland Trail" --- Fifteen fascinating chapters explain the importance of "cliffhangers" to the industry as audience builders and "product leaders." The serials provided training for actors and served as a "technical university" for people who later made the television industry work.

An appendix lists in order of release all of the sound serials from 1930 through 1956, showing titles, releasing companies, chapter titles, directors and several cast members. Superb photographs.

Serials, more specifically known as Movie serials or Film serials, were short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. Known as "chapter plays," they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called "chapters" or "episodes." --- Each chapter (a typical serial usually had as many as 15 of them) would be screened at the same theater for one week --- The serial would end with a cliffhanger, as the hero and heroine would find themselves in the latest perilous situation from which there could be no escape --- The audience would have to return the next week (and pay admission) to find out how the hero and heroine would escape and battle the villain once again --- Serials were especially popular with children, and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century, a typical Saturday at the movies included a chapter of at least one serial, along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Comte on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For this too thin book, the 57 pages filmography (only the talkies)with chapters titles was not indispensable. Other books are more detailed. We could have wished for Cline, an erudite and devoted fan, to give some subjective assessments of the serials.
The text is on the dense side and the index is very useful.
The great interest of the book (rather pricey) is the constantly affectionate evocation of the world of serials.It's not a dry scholarly study.
Cline writes about directors, writers and cinematographers, paying due tributes. The special effects (visual) were often impressive, with not much money.
The actors are lovingly evoked at length. It's the merit and the charm of the book. To remind us of past pleasures, near ones (thanks to the work of VCI) and tantalizing unseen things.
Highly recommended for browsing.
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