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"Doc Savage Man of Bronze" (1975)


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George Pal produced this adaptation of Lester Dent's classic pulp novel.  The movie feels more like a pilot for a tv series than an actual film.  Pal did not have the money to pull off the period details and even the special effects are not that effective. Ron Ely is fine as Doc- he looks the part and so are the actors playing his five sidekicks .  The films tone is Batman tv camp while the action scenes are played straight. This is not a terrible movie but clearly aimed at the kid matinee audience.  Warner Brothers Archive has released in a good looking blu ray edition. There are no extras.

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Guaranteed to be a re-make someday. In fact I think its already in the works. Hollywood is desperate for more superhero properties. One wants to ask: isn't the audience ever going to outgrow this trend? But the answer is no. It'd be laughable if it wasn't so pathetic; that a nation of 300 million people are satisfied with comics. A whole generation of infantile-minded morons has grown up with big-budget superhero spectaculars and thinks nothing of it.

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Three years later, after Sgt_Markoff's dyspeptic response, no remake yet.

IMO, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze is atrocious -- doubly so for having been made by George Pal. A pity that it was Pal's swan song as a film producer. What possessed Pal to go the campy route? Did he expect to coast on fumes from the Batman TV series six years earlier?

A lamentably missed opportunity. Oh well, at least Lester Dent's widow loved Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.

According to the IMDb, Pal wanted Steve Reeves to portray Clark Savage, Jr. I think Reeves hewed more closely to James Bama's artistic renderings than did Ron Ely. But, Ely was the better actor.

I share Sarge's attitude about the preponderance of superhero movies. That said, were a truly faithful adaptation of Lester Dent's scientist-adventurer (or adventurer-scientist) to be made, I'd go see it.

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17 hours ago, Eucalpytus P. Millstone said:

Three years later, after Sgt_Markoff's dyspeptic response, no remake yet.

IMO, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze is atrocious -- doubly so for having been made by George Pal. A pity that it was Pal's swan song as a film producer. What possessed Pal to go the campy route? Did he expect to coast on fumes from the Batman TV series six years earlier?

A lamentably missed opportunity. Oh well, at least Lester Dent's widow loved Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.

According to the IMDb, Pal wanted Steve Reeves to portray Clark Savage, Jr. I think Reeves hewed more closely to James Bama's artistic renderings than did Ron Ely. But, Ely was the better actor.

I share Sarge's attitude about the preponderance of superhero movies. That said, were a truly faithful adaptation of Lester Dent's scientist-adventurer (or adventurer-scientist) to be made, I'd go see it.

Doc_Savage.jpg

I guess Pal thought he was aiming at the movie at the kids- but  it was barely released and it bombed- yes a sad a end to the Pal legacy

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