Trapped by Television

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Trapped by Television
File:Trapped by Television FilmPoster.jpeg
poster for Trapped by Television
Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Ben Pivar (associate producer)
Written by Lee Loeb (screenplay) and
Harold Buchman (screenplay)
Sherman L. Lowe (story) and
Al Martin (story)
Starring Mary Astor
Lyle Talbot
Cinematography Allen G. Siegler
Edited by James Sweeney
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • June 15, 1936 (1936-06-15)
Running time
64 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Trapped by Television is a 1936 American film directed by Del Lord. The film is also known as Caught by Television in the United Kingdom.

Plot summary

An inventor is working on his latest creation, a new form of television monitor and camera, but is struggling to complete his invention due to lack of funds. His monetary problems are compounded by an aggressive bill collector looking for payments and competition from a rival scientist. When organized crime figures are added to the mix, the desperation level rises for our intrepid inventor.


Although televisions were being made from the late 1920s, they weren't commercially available until after 1936. The model shown in the movie was designed for the production using a back-lit projection of a moving image onto the screen. The screen was notable for its large size when actual television screens of the period were smaller. The BBC Broadcasting Service began in November 1936, four months after this movie's release.

Current condition

Although the first reel is noticeably faded on most surviving prints, this movie is now in the public domain and is available for general download.


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