Saturday Matinee: The Making of The Man of Bronze

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Pat_Savage_by_ronsalasWelcome to a regular feature at Ye Olde Blog: The Saturday Matinee! Every Saturday, I post a video of some kind that I think is worth your time. I recommend that you grab a bag of popcorn, your drink of choice and get cozy in your chair… ’cause you’re going to enjoy this!

Back in 1975, George Pal masterminded the making and release of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. The film was a disappointment to most, as it was full of camp and some silly interpretive choices. But if you like a lot of cheese with your films, it can be enjoyed for what it is. The following is a “making of” featurette that covers Pal’s thinking about the movie and how some of the important scenes were shot.

It’s not high art but it’s hokey fun, nonetheless. Hopefully, we’ll get a more serious Doc film in the future!

Our art today is by Ronald Salas and comes from Deviant Art — it shows Doc’s lovely cousin, Pat!

One comment

  1. I used to religiously collect the Doc Savage books as they came out when I was a teenager and in my early 20’s. Between Doc Savage and The Phantom in the daily comic scripts, my world of literary heroes was complete! I was disappointed that the movie did not do well, and I’ve long hoped that they would create a serious film concerning his exploits. Alas, that will probably never be. As for the books, due to being medically boarded for two months before I could join the USAF in the mid 80’s I had to sell several of my book collections to pay my bills, including my Doc Savage collection (didn’t hurt as bad, though, as having to sell my Space 1999 collection published by Penguin Books, which was a complete collection and became collector’s items shortly thereafter). I know somewhere out there someone has Doc Savage and other books with my name inside the front cover, if they haven’t marked through them, and I’ve occasionally wondered if the people who bought them enjoyed them as much as I did.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, and I’m glad I have Lazarus Gray to take Doc’s place on my bookshelves. 🙂

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