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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1966


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1966 opened with a western, Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider, with Fess Parker in his famous role.

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Hammer horror was up next in Plague of the Zombies....

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And in Dracula, Prince of Darkness

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Our Man Flint was a Bond spoof with James Coburn. A sequel would follow in 1967.

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The Murder Game was a British thriller.

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Hammer dealt The Reptile up to audiences.

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And then continued by having Christopher Lee as Rasputin, the Mad Monk.

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La Métamorphose des cloportes was a European crime comedy with Charles Aznavor.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo went to war in Weekend at Dunkirk.

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Stagecoach was a remake of the 1939 John Wayne-Claire Trevor classic, this time with Alex Cord and Ann-Margret in those parts, and also with Bing Crosby in the old Thomas Mitchell Oscar-winning part

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A big war film arrived with The Blue Max with James Mason

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How to Steal a Million was an absolute delight, a charming heist film, so elegant, charming, well-acted. I'm very fond of it.

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The Batman TV series took to the big screen

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Fess Parker went back west for Smokey

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Modesty Blaise was the second Fox comic book film of 1966.

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While Fantastic Voyage was fine sci-fi and a staple of the genre.

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Ray Charles sang a Ballad in Blue

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The Bible.. In the Beginning was supposed to set off a series of Biblical films, but this one involving stories of Genesis was the only one. Its still a fascinating film, with the Noah's Ark section being a standout. The score is sublime.

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Country music reared its head in That Tennessee Beat

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Way Way Out sent Jerry Lewis to outer space.

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I Deal in Danger was the film version of a spy TV series.

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The Quiller Memorandum found George Segal trying to stop neo-Nazis

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And The Sand Pebbles was a brilliant war film and a fine close to 1966.

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Fantastic Voyage was tops for me, followed by How to Steal a Million and The Sand Pebbles. I like parts of The Bible..., and Batman: The Movie is fun. I enjoyed Our Man Flint

It seems odd lumping in the Hammer movies with the rest of the Fox stuff, but I guess they were the distributor. I liked all of the Hammer films listed above, to one degree or another.

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