Home Television First “Mad Men” Clue: Some Kind of Accident in Episode 5?

The fifth season of “Mad Men” begins on March 25th on AMC.  And yes, everyone’s waiting with baited breath. But what will happen? Here’s a possible clue. The fifth episode is called “Signal 30.” According to the Museum of the Moving Image, “Signal 30” was a “shocking” 1959 film about fatalities resulting from traffic accidents.

Here’s the description: Legendary “shock” driving safety film featuring numerous scenes of mutilated cars and injured/dead people and a voiceover lacking in compassion. Produced in cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and shown to millions of young drivers for over 40 years. CONTENT ADVISORY: Many disturbing scenes of violent deaths and accident scenes; cries of crash victims on soundtrack.

So what will happen? Will there be a pile up? Will Don Draper’s presumed new wife, Megan, bite the dust? Or it will be Betty, his ex? Here’s the link: http://www.archive.org/details/Signal301959. Of course, “Signal 30” was released in 1959, and “Mad Men” should be returning to us circa 1967. We’ll have to wait and see…

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  1. Grandpa Gene notwithstanding, and depending where we come back to the show, Sally is only about 12. Kieran Shipka is a very talented actress but I don’t think she could pass for 16. Now, Glen….

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