Return of the Copperhead
A David Black production of a Pentagram movie serial
Produced by David Leary and Dan Amorello.  Written by David Black.  Directed by Blackie Seymour.

Blackie Seymour

It has been my intention to write some kind of personal memoir about Blackie but the press of time does not allow for that right now.  I'm in the middle of revising this website, essentially rewriting parts of every page as well as adding new pages, and I'll need a bit more free time before I'll be able to compose something personal.  For now I'll simply reprint the pre-production publicity piece that Donna wrote 30 some years ago.


The creative force behind "Return of the Copperhead," Blackie was born on November 17, 1938 at the height of Hollywood's "Golden Age."  He was five years old when he saw a motion picture for his first time and by the age of seven, when for his first time he saw a serial, his devotion to movies had grown to the point where an indulgent father was bringing him to the theatre as many as five times a week.  Shortly after his twelfth birthday he began collecting memorabilia and artifacts from the major motion picture studios, a passion which has continued and grown to the point where today, after thirty years of continuous pursuit of his goal, Blackie is Executive Curator of The Pentagram Library, which is recognized throughout the world as one of the major repositories of film history and preservation.  No mere "star-gazer," his particular interest in the lesser known "character" actors has also brought him into contact with some of the writers, directors and stuntmen, as well as leading actors, who collaborated to create the classic serials.  Devoting many hours of study to the numerous original serial shooting scripts, cutting continuities and story treatments that he has aquired, Blackie's acute attention to detail has led him to examine many films literally microscopically and frame-by-frame, and he has added to the resulting background in editing and cinematography by studying photographic composition and film processing.  Recognized as an accomplished film historian, he has been a volunteer teacher and lecturer in the public schools of Worcester and Cambridge, and has made several television appearances to discuss film history and techniques, particularly on WCVB-TV's "Good Day" program and 6 P.M. news and as co-host of "Classic Theatre" on WTEV-TV.  His articles on motion picture personalities and history have been published by Charlton Publications, Warren Publications, and in Those Enduring Matinee Idols, and articles about him have appeared in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Boston Globe, Associated Press Wire Service, the Labor News, and the Worcester Advocate.

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