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The dam hasn't changed much....


Using Google Earth the dam can be seen very well and most of the features are recognizable. I wonder if any of the structures in Big bear, like the bar, doctor's house/office, Big Bear Pharmacy or sheriffs office are still there.

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Last time I was there they were. Very famous and a wonderful town to almost grow up in as I used to vacation there often with me mums.

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Now that you mention it, Yodzingie, I may have actually been in the diner in the late 60's with my friends. Some years later, one of my friends(I think there were four of us that went camping that time)told me that we had to get out of there tout suite because I had started to chat up the waitress and some guy who figures to be her boyfriend, who happened to be with a couple of brutes, got sore and my friends caught drift of what was happening and headed towards the door, hustling me out with them like in one of those comic movies.

I'd forgotten all about that. The one seen in the movie (not entered) was probably the eatery.

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The cousin I followed to Montana was the animal control officer in BB for many years. A restaurant that looks like Hansel and Gretel's witch's house was and is a huge German gourmet joint in which we had many memorable feeds. Montana which was settled by Germans, Irish, Norweigans etc. has not ONE Germanic eatery. Really rotten and I miss that greatly.

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Funny, I miss West Coast food out this way, too.

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Must ask if you've ever had an interest in movie serials? I am plowing my way now thru the 1940 "The Shadow" with Victory Jory. Corny and wonderful -- one of the best I have seen. Jory's "Green Archer" was viewed last year and I really enjoyed that. Next will be "The Fighting Devil Dogs" which I have never seen and it is said to be the single biggest influence of Lucas's Star Wars. Drolling on the key board just thinkin' aboot it!

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Yes. I had The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) on VHS. Maybe my favorite was Spy Smasher (1942) in a toss-up with The Masked Marvel (1943).

My brother had sent me the very exciting The Mysterious Dr. Satan (1941) and my children gave me Batman and Robin (1949) which is a hoot.

I always wanted to see Captain America (1944) and The Blackhawks (1952) even though they are supposed to be disappointing.

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I've seen Marvel and perhaps Spy Smasher, but don't remember anything marvelous about the Masked Marvel, just some guy in a mask and a hat.. Don't think I've seen Dr. Satan and I saw both the original Batmen serials in the theater -- on the big screen with tons of others larfing our asses off. Capt. America is now being refilmed and I saw the Blackhawks when I was a kid! Always liked Kirk Allyn and thot his Superman was very good especially the second one with Lex. I have no brothers or sisters and no kids, but do have a wonderful wife who's made my life much richer for having her.

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That's great, Yodzingie. I trust sh elikes movies, too.

I've not seen the Superman serials except for bits and pieces.

The Mysterious Dr. Satan has the works: lots of fistacuffs, horses, trick riding, fancy shootin' (by an Annie Oakley-like character), robots, henchmen, tremendous stunt work, explosions, boat races, speeding trains, a masked hero (The Copperhead -- supposedly made up because the rights to Batman could not be acquired. I also heard that a Copperhead sequel was in the works but the script was used for the 1941 Captain America serial instead, which explained why the celluloid version was nothing like the comic book character) and lots of familiar Los Angeles locations.

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I don't know how I missed Dr. Satan and also forgetting my love of "Zorro's Fighting Legion" with Yakima Canutt's still unbelieveable stage coach stunt -- the first time he put it on film. You remember it right, as recreated in "Raiders of the Lost Ark". How could anyone be that daring back in the late 1930's? Still amazing!

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None of that CGI business either. Yes, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) did a good job of it. Maybe that is why it is the best of the lot (I haven't seen the 4th installment).

I'm sure you can find The Mysterious Dr. Satan easily. Worth looking for. The story is not bad either.

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Did Dr. Satan have some sort of submarine in it? If so I did see it, but very long ago. My wife and I enjoyed the 4th installment cuz I don't take it so seriously as critics do even though I have written some powerful critiques in my time of other lesser devices.

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A submarine? I don't remember if thee was, although it should surprise no one if there was. In Batman and Robin (1949) The Wizard, the villian of the piece, uses one to transport his henchmen to his island lair -- BY REMOTE CONTROL!

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Maybe it was that one. Supposedly Lugosi was in a decent serial called Whispering something. Ever seen that one?

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Apparently he was in a 12 chapter serial titled The Whispering Shadow (1933). I have not ever seen it.

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Forgetted to tell you my all time fave serial is "King of the Lost Planet Airmen" -- those flying scenes are still terrific. The Lyedecker Brothers did them and even with digital dvds you can't see any wires. Stupendous!

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You're only right. I neglected to mention that one as well. A wonderful, very exciting movie. I used to watch it when it played late nights on KCOP Channel 13 out in Los Angeles. I haven't seen that one in years!

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I own the entire serial on dvd.

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Yes. That's neat. Wasn't that all re-edited from a serial into a full length movie?

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Yes, a channel 13 zipper called "Lost Planet Airmen" which my cousin called "Guys Always Fighting Who Never Lose Their Hats"!

And speaking of greatness, just saw Colonel Fielding as a Mennonite on a precious rerun of "Have Gun Will Travel". Yes, I know, he was Morris Ankrum -- what a career he had.

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Another solid actor.

"We need a bad guy." "Hmmm. See what Ankrum is doing."

"Wait! What about the guy who saves the hero?" "Give that part to Ankrum."

"But who'll play Nell's father?" "See if Ankrum is willing to lose the mustache!"

...and so it goes!

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Have Gun was an amzaing show for its time and since we have Encore Westerns we watch all we can. Superb writers wrote for that show and since it really wasn't like any other oater it is definitely one for the ages. So many wonderful character actors! Richard Boone, having studied his art with Lee Strasberg was such an incredible actor that Brando often used him to direct his earlier films preferring to kick his directors out and replacing them with Boone. By the bye, you may have come across that Mr. Boone was a direct descendent of old Dan'l hisself!

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I didn't know that. Wasn't Pat Boone also related?

Richard Boone did a fine job on the TV drama Medic (1954) and a good movie titled I Bury the Living (1956). I was sorry to see him wasted on The Last Dinosaur (1977).

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Pat Boone, as far as I's concerned, is a Boonedoggle.Richard's Medic and his repertory program were very good. Too bad the last only made it for one season. Now, I'm off to search for other amazing adventures in trivia land. Hiyo Gomer, away!!

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Have fun. See you around Gower Gulch.

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Wrote to you on SF Theater list but it printed out under galaxybeing instead of you. Look there for continuing frivolity.

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Thanks. I caught it. Kudos to galaxybeing.

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Speaking of good fx in old 50's nonsense, I think just about the best of them were the Rocky Jones shows. Do you know anything about them and/or how they were done?

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I don't think I have caught an episode of Rocky Jones unless that's the guy in the epic Crash of the Moons (1954). I happen to have that on DVD but do not remember much about it. I'll check it out and get back to you on that title's page.

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I have Crash of the Goons as well and while the plots were abysmal the fx were not. Cheery bye.

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I'll catch you over on Crash of the Moons

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