Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Don't Look for it, Taylor!

Considered one of his signature roles, Charlton Heston portrayed astronaut George Taylor. Disgusted, bitter, and sick of people, Taylor willingly leaves Earth. His ambition is to find something greater than what he left. But, you should be careful what you wish for . . .

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Stanley Journal Square Double Bill

More ads from 1968, this time for the Stanley Journal Square in Jersey City. They had ample parking there and don't forget to catch the double bill of Planet of the Apes & The Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy. Huh?!

Dr. Zaius Wants You!

A sampling of newspaper ads from the initial release of the first film . . .

Arthur P. Jacobs

Searching for a film concept that evoked the same reaction & thrills as RKO's King Kong, agent/producer Arthur P. Jacobs found it in Pierre Boulle's novel, Les Planete des Singes. Jacobs worked methodically for years in order to get the film made, but repeatedly met with failure. He was told again & again by studio executives that no audience would take a film about talking apes seriously. However, due to his tenacity, Jacobs got his film made. As a result, he not only transformed the genre of science fiction, but revolutionized the business of film merchandising, taking both to a whole new level . . .

R. I. P. Oscar Gamble