210S - X MARKS THE SPOT (1940's; 20m)

Shown with Movie: 210-King Dinosaur

Short Type: Educational

Plot: An angel-in-training has trouble watching over a careless driver.

Pres By: State of New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles
Dir: Warren Murray (Ain't Misbehavin')
Tech Adv: Leo R. Welch
Cin: George Webber (Sepia Cinderella; Boy! What A Girl)
Ed: Richard Carver
Music: Samuel Benavie
(610S-A Young Man's Fancy; American Harvest)

Joe Doakes / Edmon Ryan (Topaz; Undercover Girl)
Guardian Angel / George Mathews*
Judge / Richard Gordon (Jolson Sings Again; The Marrying Kind)
narrator / Del Sharbutt (Cuban Pete; Hit Parade of 1947)
himself / Comm. Arthur W. Magee, State of N.J. DMV
his secretary / unknown

Classic Line: "Momentum was just another name in the physics book as far as Joe was concerned."

Trivia: Looking like a former boxer (and perhaps being one), character actor GEORGE MATHEWS appeared in a number of good movies including: 1944's Up in Arms starring Danny Kaye; 1945's The Great John L; The Corn in Green with Bette Davis; 1952's Pat and Mike with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy; 1953's City Beneath the Sea with Robert Ryan, Mala Powers and Anthony Quinn; 1955's The Man with the Golden Arm (starring Frank Sinatra); 1957's Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; 1960's Heller in Pink Tights starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn; and 1971's Going Home with Robert Mitchum.

X MARKS THE SPOT was the first short riffed by MST3K, which came from the vast collection of film archivist RICK PRELINGER, born in 1953. If Prelinger had not been on a mission to save these corporate, governmental and educational films (25,000 saved of the 600,000 made from the 1930's through the 1960's), they probably would have been lost forever. Even more than Hollywood's feature films, these short films document the mores and living habits American society as well as corporate viewpoints. Older Americans remember seeing some of these shorts in movie theaters prior to a double feature, and most Baby Boomers saw some of these shorts in school. You can learn about these shorts through his first CD-ROM, "Ephemeral Films 1931-1960," and his subsequent twelve CD-ROM set entitled "Our Secret Century."

Last Updated: 3/28/1999

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