Film (1975). Warner Bros. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by George Pal, Joseph Morheim based on "The Man of Bronze" (March 1933 Doc Savage) by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Roberts. Cast includes Ron Ely and Paul Wexler. 100 minutes. Colour.
There were 181 novels in Doc Savage magazine, and at one point producer George Pal announced that he hoped to film them all, but this, based on the first of them, was a flop. Muscular superscientist hero Doc Savage fights with a Villain over a fountain of liquid gold owned by a remote tribe in South America. The sf elements are very marginal. The film is treated in a joky manner reminiscent of the 1966-1968 Batman television series, but Anderson, who later made the disappointing Logan's Run (1976), is too ponderous a director to carry off this sort of camp nostalgia with flair. It was not until Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) that the ambience of the sf/adventure pulps was recreated with the right mixture of respect and amusement. [PN/JB]
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