*- ok, granted, I’m not on TCM, but Mr. Mathews IS!
Greetings, Guys and Ghouls!
Ye Olde Dragon here, letting you know about my next engagement as the guest host of the grand old #TCMParty!
Please join me for the first three films that TCM will be showing on the night of Wednesday, September 23, 2015, as they present a spotlight on actor Kerwin Mathews.
At 8:00 PM EDT we’ll be setting sail on THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958). Directed by Nathan Juran and special effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, this was the first feature film to use the branding “Dynamation” for Harryhausen’s effects. Kerwin Mathews plays the title role of Sinbad, on a mission to remove a curse from Princess Parisa, played by Kathyrn Grant (the future Mrs. Bing Crosby), placed on her by the evil wizard (Torin Thatcher). Young Richard Eyer plays the Genie.
At 9:45 PM EDT we’ll explore Jack Sher‘s THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER (1960), with Mathews in the title role and the special-effects once more provided by Ray Harryhausen. In this adaptation of Jonathan Swift‘s novel, Gulliver matches wits with the tiny Lilliputians and the giant Brobdingnagians.
Finally, at 11:30 PM EDT we’ll climb the beanstalk for Nathan Juran‘s JACK THE GIANT KILLER (1962), in which a farm boy must become a knight to rescue a princess from an evil wizard. Producer Edward Small was apparently so eager to cash in on the huge success of THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, he not only hired that film’s director (Juran), but he even went so far as to hire the hero (Mathews) and villain (Thatcher). Ray Harryhausen was not available and Small brought in a batch of stop motion artists (led by Wah Chang and Jim Danforth) who had done work for George Pal. Because of these similarities, many people have attributed this film to Harryhausen, which only served as an irritation to him. In fact, because of these similarities, as well as the inclusion of a stop motion Cyclops or two, Small was forced to add musical numbers so people would not think they were going to be seeing a re-release of 7th VOYAGE.
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