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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.


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


And in Dracula, Prince of Darkness


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


The Murder Game was a British thriller.


Hammer dealt The Reptile up to audiences.


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Batman TV series took to the big screen


Fess Parker went back west for Smokey


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


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


Ray Charles sang a Ballad in Blue


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.


Country music reared its head in That Tennessee Beat


Way Way Out sent Jerry Lewis to outer space.


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


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


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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