The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Serial Experience

I have become a fan of movie serials; those short films that told a story over 12-15 episodes, with each invariably ending with the hero/heroine/sidekick facing such imminent peril that the audience was compelled to return to the theater the following week to see how/if he/she survived.  Turner Classic Movies has been airing serial episodes on Saturday mornings, with Dick Tracy being the most recent.  DVD collections of serials are widely available, and the Internet Archive has several in its collection.  While strolling through the internet today, I discovered another interesting resource on the subject:  Todd Gault's Serial Experience.  This site has a massive amount of information about this genre, over ten years of articles, and a blog.  If you have any interest in serials or classic movies, you should check it out. 

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