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TV as death ray

by Critical Commons Manager

Bela Lugosi explains the technology behind a remote murder committed by turning an international television broadcast signal into a "death ray" by bringing it into contact with an interstellar frequency. This film, which long predated the advent of commercial broadcast television offered a prescient glimpse of the anxieties that attend introduction of a new technology, fears that, in the case of TV's commercial threat to cinematic hegemony, turned out to be well-founded.

An experimental television broadcast signal is converted into a death ray in Murder by Television

In this climactic scene, Bela Lugosi reveals how a TV broadcast signal is used to commit murder

from Murder by Television (1935)
Creator: Clifford Sanforth
Posted by Critical Commons Manager