This is by far my favorite serial to show on television, produced by Disney in 1956 for its "Mickey Mouse Club" and based on Franklin Dixon's first Hardy Boys book, The Tower Treasure. I was 7, and this daily fifteen-minute serial held me spellbound. What kid didn't like pirate treasures of gold doubloons and big old haunted-looking houses and becoming friends with a crazy man with a sword and tailing who you think is guilty and yet being completely surprised at the end? Disney did a wonderful job making me completely happy with a cliffhanger that the company’s corruptor Michael Eisner could never hope to surpass. I’ve since read the book, too, and enjoyed it, but the great acting of Tommy Kirk and Tim Considine as the Hardy Boys, and Florenz Ames as creepy Mr. Applegate, just made it real for me.
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