DVR Alert: Zero Hour! (1957)

30 Jun

zerohour3ve6There’s precious little I can say about Zero Hour! (airing on TCM Monday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m.). It may be a perfectly fine little movie on its own merits but my generation will never know because it was the basis for Airplane!, about seventy percent of which is a direct scene-by-scene parody. So now the phantom of Airplane! hangs behind every scene, like the horns on the Beatles Anthology version of “Got to Get You Into My Life,” or a lost toe.

It’s as if the writers of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are sitting in the room with you but instead of jokes they just grin and raise knowing eyebrows at you. The work is already done.

Enjoy! And good luck – we’re all counting on you.

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