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Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

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Doc and the Amazing Five battle Captain Seas and "the green death" for control of a fabulous resource.

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Michael Anderson

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Lester Dent (based upon the novel by) (as Kenneth Robeson), George Pal (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Ely ... Clark Savage Jr. aka Doc
Paul Gleason ... Long Tom
William Lucking ... Renny (as Bill Lucking)
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Monk Mayfair
Eldon Quick ... Johnny
Darrell Zwerling ... Ham
Paul Wexler ... Captain Seas
Janice Heiden Janice Heiden ... Adriana
Robyn Hilton ... Karen
Pamela Hensley ... Mona
Bob Corso Bob Corso ... Don Rubio Gorro
Carlos Rivas ... Kulkan
Chuy Franco Chuy Franco ... Cheelok
Alberto Morin ... Jose
Victor Millan Victor Millan ... Chief Chaac
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Storyline

In the Fabulous Thirties, Doc Savage and his five Amazing Adventurers are sucked into the mystery of Doc's father disappearing in the wilds of South America. The maniacal Captain Seas tries to thwart them at every turn as they travel to the country of Hidalgo to investigate Doc's father's death and uncover a vast horde of Incan gold. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doc Savage - Der Mann aus Bronze See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

George Pal Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Berryman's film debut. See more »

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Doc is taking a swim when the coroner arrives and exits the pool soaking wet. Moments later when the Five arrive poolside Doc is dry. See more »

Quotes

Don Rubio Gorro: That dirty little tramp from my office, she could never lead them to Quetzamal.
Capt. Seas: That's what I'm counting on. Lots of money is at stake.
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Crazy Credits

A sequel, Doc Savage: The Arch Enemy of Evil, was announced at the conclusion of The Man of Bronze See more »

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Referenced in War on Everyone (2016) See more »

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Doc And The Girl
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Bronzed But Buffonish
21 March 2008 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

The 1930's was the heyday of Tarzan, the Lone Ranger, the Shadow, the Spider, the Green Hornet, Captain Midnight, Gene Autry, Flash Gordon, and eventually Superman and Batman. A great pantheon of pop culture heroes flourished in pulp magazines, comic strips, radio shows, and movie serials.

The 1960's gave us Adam West as Batman, Derek Flint, Maxwell Smart, 007, and many other hero spoofs(not to mention the theater then unfolding in the socio-political realms); the concept of the hero emerged from this period battered and shaken.

The early 1970's saw the emergence of a new type of rather angry anti-hero: Dirty Harry, Shaft, Billy Jack, Superfly, etc.

Producer George Pal had accurately predicted the sci-fi craze of the 1950's, and so he produced the first picture of that cycle as well as producing the classic and best versions of 'War of the Worlds' and 'The Time Machine'. George Pal correctly understood that by the mid-1970's the collective unconscious of America was hungry for a return of the old school hero, 1930's style.

George Pal knew that to make an adventure of this sort with a hero like Doc Savage that you had to somehow acknowledge the absurdity of it all. Unfortunately, while Indiana Jones and the Rocketeer gave the audience the equivalent of a knowing wink, Doc Savage's director stopped just an inch short of having Doc Savage slip on a banana peel. This film, then, is an uneasy mix of authentic 1930's style pulp magazine adventure and ham-fisted attempts at camp.

The single worst thing in this film is the soundtrack, a creative but ultimately dreadful batch of John Phillip Sousa marches, including a custom Doc Savage lyric, which is especially loathsome. It is indeed fortunate that a good many parts of this film managed to escape this score.

Negatives aside, this film will be mildly enjoyable to fans of pulp magazines, old comics, radio and serial heroes, etc. Fans of Doc Savage should be mollified by the many elements of the source material which were faithfully realized, and that compared to more recent super-hero flicks, the writers took relatively few liberties. Overall, the cast is pretty good, and Ron Ely looks exactly like the vision of Doc Savage on the covers of the original pulps. I think he pulls off the role pretty well. And there are old style cars, airplanes, clothes, and fight scenes, so it's a pretty fun ride.

George Pal might have missed the mark here, but not by much. Just a year after this film came 'Star Wars,' which was basically a retooling of the old Flash Gordon serials. In 1978 came 'Superman, the Movie.' Two years after that came the 1st Indiana Jones flick, set smack dab in the 1930's, just like Doc Savage. All of these latter productions, however, benefited by taking their source material or inspiration just a little bit more seriously than Pal did.

But since 'Doc Savage,' more1930's throwback films have flopped than succeeded, at least commercially: 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger,' 'The Phantom,' 'The Rocketeer,' 'The Shadow,' and 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.' All of these were big budget affairs. For some reason, certain persons amongst us are irresistibly drawn to that long lost decade, when imagination populated the world with mythic heroes. Too bad these heroes usually remain one step beyond our reach.


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