Sunday, April 29, 2012
I loved this show. I was just getting into the old movie serials and, especially in the seventies, was into all things Dracula! An innovative NBC series from 1979 that got lost in ABC's seemingly unstoppable ratings domination, each week's CLIFFHANGERS offered a new chapter of a series done up in the style of the old movie serials. The most popular was perhaps THE CURSE OF DRACULA segment with Michael Nouri as a suitable vampire Count. Susan Anton's STOP SUSAN WILLIAMS! ended up with a TV movie to finish up its abandoned plot when the series was canceled fairly quickly. The third weekly feature, THE SECRET EMPIRE, was more or less a remake of Gene Autry's cowboy sci-fi serial, THE PHANTOM EMPIRE.