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Matinee: 'Man With A Camera: The Bride' Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

17 May 2014

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the thirty-third in our series of Saturday matinees today: Man With A Camera: The Bride.

Once in a while, we exercise our God-given right to be silly. And this is one of those times. A young Charles Bronson plays photographer Mike Kovac in the ABC TV series Man With A Camera. In this particular half-hour episode, which aired on Dec. 4, 1960, Kovac investigates a mail order bride scam, taking matters into his own hands until the police arrive.

It is so full of stereotypes it's a wonder it hasn't gone up in flames. But the Internet Archive won't let that happen. It preserves without prejudice.

So don't be surprised that the cops are all Irish, the women are all called "honey" (except one "impetuous young lady" and one "chick"), the camera store clerk is more knowledgeable than any product manager, the bad guys are terrible in more ways than one and the immigrant victim has the worst (if universal) accent you've ever heard.

Well, we warned you we were going to be silly.

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