Thursday, May 26, 2011

What Was Playing at the Palace on May 29, 1951?

What was playing at the Palace sixty years ago this week?

Here's the answer: a great double feature of Ghost Chasers featuring the Bowery Boys and Tarzan's Peril, the latest in the ape-man's adventure series. (You might remember that I'm a big Bowery Boys fan, which I first mentioned back here.)

As opposed to the usual comedy plot in which a ghost is revealed to be a villain in disguise who is attempting to scare off the protagonists, Ghost Chasers featured a real ghost that only Sach (Huntz Hall) can see.

Whenever I'm looking at old Lorain Journals on microfilm, I'm always amazed at the number of Bowery Boys features in the Lorain movie listings of the 1940's and 1950's. The Boys must have been pretty popular in working-class Lorain.

I remember as a kid watching them on Sunday mornings on one of the local UHF channels. Consequently my brothers and I would imitate Sach by turning up the brim of our baseball caps and running around saying, "Hey, Chief!"

Anyway, to visit the website of the Lorain Palace Theatre, click here.

And here's the first 10 minutes or so of Ghost Chasers. I'm hoping that the person who posted Part 1 on YouTube last week gets around to posting the rest of it!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Such drama and adventure in a simpler time!