1958: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Directed by: Nathan Juran
Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher
Special Effects by: Ray Harryhausen
Running time: 88 min.
This was the first film to be marketed for Harryhausen’s effects under the title of “Dynamation”. Young Richard Eyer also played the title character in Herman Hoffman’s THE INVISIBLE BOY (1957), the previous year.
Producer Edward Small attempted to cash in on the huge success of this film by hiring its director (Juran), hero (Matthews) and villain (Thatcher) for his film JACK THE GIANT KILLER (1962). Despite appearances, this is not a Harryhausen movie and it has been incorrectly identified as one for many years. No doubt, this is due to so many similarities to 7th Voyage. It’s because of the similarities that Columbia threatened a lawsuit against Small that forced him to rework it as a musical, delaying its release.
1954: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre
Running time: 127 min.
Walt Disney classic based on Jules Verne’s novel. George Pal was actually preparing an adaptation, but Disney beat him to it. Some of his designs were used for ATLANTIS THE LOST CONTINENT (1961). Kirk Douglas did his own singing of the song “Whale of a Tale”, which was actually released as a single in 1954. 20,000 Leagues won the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction – Color and Best Special Effects, though it lost for Best Film Editing for that year.
Ernest B. Schoedsack (1979) Best known as a producer and co-director of the original KING KONG (1933), he also directed its sequel, SON OF KONG (1933) as well as DR. CYCLOPS (1940) and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949).
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