Friday, 18 March 2016

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS TRAILER...



Now this is what I call a classic - JASON And
The ARGONAUTS.  Enjoy the trailer from 1963.

15 comments:

Colin Jones said...

Fantastic film. The digital radio station Radio 4 Extra has just finished broadcasting the 13-part 'Journey Into Space' from 1958 starring Andrew Faulds as Captain Jet Morgan - Faulds also appeared in 'Jason' as one of the Argonauts. He was also a Labour MP from 1966-1997 and he continued acting in films for years after becoming an MP. I love how the land of Colchis is described as "the other side of the world" several times in the film when, in Greek legend, it was supposedly on the far side of the Black Sea...about 2 or 3 days sailing from Greece :D

Kid said...

Maybe they regarded the far side of the Black Sea as the other side of the world, CJ. Anyway, legends are flexible - just look at Marvel's Thor. Incidentally, Nigel Green who played Hercules was hardly Charles Atlas, was he?

TC said...

Nigel Greene actually seemed bigger and brawnier when he played the sergeant in "Zulu." Maybe it has to do with expectations. You assume that whoever plays Hercules is going to be some pumped-up hulk. Similarly, Kevin Sorbo took some getting used to when he played Hercules on TV.

IIRC, Harryhausen said in an interview that they deliberately tried to avoid the stereotypical muscleman image, because they didn't want it to look like an Italian sword-and-sandal movie.

Greene and Douglas Wilmer (the evil King Pelias) each played Nayland Smith in Fu Manchu movies starring Christopher Lee in the 1960's.

Gary Raymond (the saboteur Acastus) later played a good guy when he co-starred in The Rat Patrol (1967).

Agree that the east coast of the Black Sea might have seemed like "the other side of the world" to Greeks in 1500 B.C.

I saw the movie on TV when I was about nine or ten. The harpies gave me nightmares. And, to this day, I still sometimes have nightmares about Talos!

Kid said...

It's years since I watched the movie on TV (although I've got it on DVD, but never played it), but Hercules just seemed too ordinary - not like a 'god', just another member of the crew. I can't remember ever having nightmares from watching a movie, TC - I don't know why that is. Maybe I had some and just forgot them.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, that reminds me of watching the film with my father and he said exactly the same about Nigel Green. Was Honor Blackman still in The Avengers when this film was made ? I know she'd left by the time Goldfinger came out.

Kid said...

I'm not 100% sure, CJ, but I believe she left The Avengers in 1964 to do Goldfinger, so I think she was still with The Avengers when she made Jason, which came out in 1963.

TC said...

According to tv.com, the last Avengers episode with Honor Blackman aired in March, 1964.

There was a 1965 episode, "Too Many Christmas Trees," where Steed is opening his mail, and is glad to see a Christmas card from Cathy Gale. He is puzzled by the postmark, though, and wonders what she's doing at Fort Knox.

Kid said...

I'd imagine that series was made in 1963, TC, so she could've made Jason either during or just after she shot her last series of The Avengers. I remember watching an episode of The New Avengers back in the '70s and Steed had framed photos of Honor, Diana, and Linda in his room, sitting on top of a desk or a table I think. ('Though could've been hanging on a wall.)

Phil said...

I had the great pleasure of attending a screening and book signing with Harryhausen (he lived in London) over here. He brought one of the skeletons to show. And Jason was his favorite movie. Mine too but my son liked Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. The location shots and music helped enormously as well as period correct costumes. I can't take a movie like 300 seriously.

Kid said...

Did you get his autograph, Phil? Never seen 300, so I guess I don't take it seriously either, otherwise I would have.

Colin Jones said...

I thought 300 was quite enjoyable - it's based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller which I flicked through once in Waterstone's after I'd seen the film and the film seemed to closely follow the graphic novel. 300 (the film) has a rather homo-erotic air with all the rippling torsos etc and the CGI backgrounds look painted - I think that was to give a comic-book feel to the film. But it's definitely a fantasy film and NOT historically accurate - the Persian king is about 10 ft tall and various weird-looking mutants pop up here and there. Worth watching though.

Kid said...

CJ, I have a rippling torso, and there's nothing homo-erotic about me (I hope). Unfortunately, my rippling torso is currently buried under a few extra pounds of wobbling fat, but I promise, it's under there somewhere.

Phil said...

He signed the book and I can't find it! I know it's in the house. Along with my Sean Connery Autograph (for real). They'll turn up one day when I'm not looking for them. Alas Connery I bought ( the autograph not him.)

Phil said...

Im a comic fan but 300 was in unreal. I'm not a fan of cgi movies they look out of focus. And after watching the history channel and looking at hours of recreations of the phalanx and how if the phalanx breaks you lose, to see the Spartans with no armor doing one on one fights all the time ..I was thinking what is this ? It was too bizarre for me.
I guess movies like Jason cemented a certain look for me for Greeks.

Kid said...

I've got Roger Moore's autobiography, paperback and hardback, both autographed by him. Not sure why, but there was nothing about 300 that appealed to me when I saw the trailers, so I never bothered with it. Apparently the rippling torsos were also CGI enhanced, but it all seemed a bit too bleak-looking to me.

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