Sunday, November 18, 2007
"Death from the Deep" (Jun 12, 1938)
Once it was enough to have your own luxury yacht to leave just about anybody in the dust...e rrr... in the waters. But after a few years, too many mere mortals could afford one. And you can only get so far by trying to impress with size. So what do you give to yourself when you are so darnly rich and you already have everything and want to impress the other "poor" people? What about a personal submarine? That would impress people, right? What if you arm it with torpedos and start to sink ships and shoot the survivors with your personal machine gun? That would impress even more.. and that would make you one of the most evil villains ever ;)
That's what happens in this beautiful episode: an insane(ly rich) hunter, Barry Vinton, has a costum-built submarine so he can destroy ships at sea and machine gun the helpless crews, just for fun (or sport, as he says).
"Ah, this is the life, there's nothing like it. The sighting of fresh quarry in this periscope. The excitement of the chase and the spine-tingling thrill as the torpedo finds its mark. And then the climax, on deck with a machine gun, shooting them down like scurrying rats. Ha ha!"
It looks like this is a mission in high seas for the Shadow.
BTW, Barry would be disappointed if he knew that a few years later you could buy your own submarine on a catalogue for only $6.98, as shown in this REAL period Ads :)
Enjoy the epsiode and have a Pulp Sunday!
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