Oh dude, they should totally have made this movie...

>> Sunday, March 30, 2008

Zeppelin v. Pterodactyls--Hammer Films almost made a movie called Zeppelin v. Pterodactyls?

Dude, I would so own that on DVD if they had. That would have freakin' rocked. Matter of fact, who owns the rights to that, I wonder...?

My heart is broken by the lost opportunity.

UPDATE (10:30 PM): Nathan, from Polybloggimous, has pointed out that I was mistaken! Zeppelin v. Pterodactyls was, in fact, a Republic movie serial from 1936! And what a serial, too! The cast of Zeppelin v. Pterodactyls includes Bela Lugosi, John Wayne, Noah Beery, and the ageless Terrance Stamp as Captain Nemo! (And I'm fairly certain that the young actor who says "Mammy" during the course of the below clip is none other than Patrick St. Hubbins, the father of legendary Thamesmen bassist/vocalist David St. Hubbins! The Thamesmen, for those who don't know, is one of the best bands-you've-never-heard-of in music history, a band that combined the melodiousness of The Beatles with the vicious snarkiness of early Rolling Stones. Try to find a copy of Give Me Some Money And Eight Other Hits By The Thamesmen! for a solid classic of sixties British pop, or better yet the hard-to-get follow-up, Well, If You Don't Have Any Money Could You At Least Make Me A Sandwich Then?)

Courtesy of YouTube, episode 2 of Zeppelin v. Pterodactyls, one of the many fine films featuring set design by Republic's Philip Smithee (uncle of famous director Alan Smithee)--and again, many thank-yous, Nathan!

(More information about this great lost serial can be found here.)


vince Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 8:33:00 PM EDT  

And if only the image would display. When you click on the missing image, the web site refuses to show it to me. I'm gonna send Sophie after them.


Now I must go view the serial while waiting for the next story segment. Which is far more fun than working.

Eric Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 10:35:00 PM EDT  

Nathan, you seriously rock. Thank you.

Eric Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 10:49:00 PM EDT  

Vince: hm, yeah, it looks like access to the movie poster image is being restricted for some reason. It can be seen at the originating website, which is linked in the first sentence of the post.

I would think that would be sufficient attribution for the purposes of the Creative Commons license, which Airminded is distributed under; and it's not their IP, for whatever that's worth. But in any case, go look at their site, I guess.

Eric Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 10:50:00 PM EDT  

...and then when I went back to the main page, the image was back. Odd. Bad internet! Bad!

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