The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based classic creature/fantasy film host will present his big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), this Sat.; June 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1958 Columbia classic fantasy/adventure masterpiece was directed by veteran director Nathan Hertz Juran. Juran’s other fantasy masterpiece productions include “The Deadly Mantis” (1957), “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) and “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (1973). The stop-motion creature/visual effects were done by veteran pioneering stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen with his “Dynamation” stop-motion effects process.
Harryhausen’s other classic stop-motion visual effect feature masterpieces include “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953), “It Came From Beneath the Sea” (1955), “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956), “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957), “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), “First Men in the Moon” (1964), “The Valley of Gwangi” (1969) and “Clash of the Titans” (1981). Harryhausen co-wrote the screenplay with veteran film and TV screenwriter Kenneth Kolb.
“The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” was produced by veteran producer Charles H. Schneer, who frequently collaborated with Harryhausen’s features.
In Sven’s home area of Berwyn/Chicago, he previously aired “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958) as a Berwyn/Chicago big broadcast premiere on his hometown television station, WCIU-TV 26/”The U” back in March 2010, according to information from IMDB and in Jan. 2011 as a WCIU big broadcast; according to fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal David Fuentes’ official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube channel.
Who was in “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958)?
The players who appeared in the Ray Harryhausen-Nathan H. Juran Columbia classic Dynamation masterpiece production of “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958) were Kerwin Mathews (as Sinbad), Kathryn Grant (as Princess Parisa), Richard Eyer (as Baronni the Genie), Torin Thatcher (as Sokurah the Magician), Virgilio Teixeira (as Ali), Harold Kasket (as Sultan), Nana DeHerrera (as Sadi), Alec Mango (as Caliph), Luis Guedes (as a crewman), Nino Falanga (as a gaunt sailor), Alfred Brown (as Harufa) and Danny Green (as Karim).
Kerwin Mathews later appeared in the Ray Harryhausen-Jack Sher classic Columbia Dynamation fantasy masterpiece, “The 3 Worlds of Gulliver” (1960) and Nathan H. Juran’s modern classic Universal werewolf monster masterpiece, “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (1973). Kathryn Grant was known for her numerous film, TV and stage roles including her appearance in Otto Preminger’s Columbia crime-mystery-drama masterpiece with James Stewart, “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959). She was known as the second wife of singer/crooner-actor Bing Crosby, they were married from 1957 until Bing’s death in 1977.
Insight into Ray Harryhausen’s “Dynamation” process for “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958)
According to details from the American Film Institute, Ray Harryhausen’s “Dynamation” stop-motion animated process was an enhanced version of his existing stop-motion creature figure/visual effects techniques; filmed against blue background composites which were then superimposed over existing live-action footage elements. According to Richard Schickel’s retrospective documentary on Ray Harryhausen, “The Harryhausen Chronicles” (1998); “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” was the first Harryhausen-Schneer feature-length stop-motion production collaboration in Technicolor. Most of the Dynamation creature creations for the 1958 Juran-Schneer-Columbia production were inspired by Harryhausen’s earlier “Sinbad” concept fantasy sketch drawing illustrations.
Kerwin Mathews’ training for his role of “Sinbad”
During the on-location filming in Spain for the 1958 Harryhausen-Juran-Schneer Columbia Dynamation production of “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” Kerwin Mathews was trained by Olympic fencing champion Enzo Musumeci-Greco for the skeleton swordfight sequence; according to Jeff Stafford’s Turner Classic Movies online article on “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.” Months after filming the live-action sequences, Ray Harryhausen filmed his Dynamation skeleton figure frame-by-frame to the exact movements of the training footage between Mathews and Musumeci-Greco. The stop-motion Dynamation skeleton figure footage was superimposed over footage of Mathews’ “solo” fight, according to Mike Hankin’s “Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks Vol. 2.”
Original inspiration for Harryhausen’s “Cyclops” Dynamation creature for “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958)
In addition to his pre-production concept illustration sketches, Ray Harryhausen’s inspiration for the Cyclops Dynamation creature for “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” also came from his earlier Cyclops-style prototype creation for the Ymir creature in his earlier Columbia production with Nathan H. Juran, “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957); according to IMDB.
Ray Harryhausen and Charles H. Schneer’s additional Columbia “Sinbad” Dynamation/Dynarama fantasy productions
Ray Harryhausen and Charles H. Schneer produced two additional “Sinbad” Dynamation/Dynarama fantasy-adventure features for Columbia Pictures.
15 years after the release of “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” Harryhausen and Schneer produced “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” (1973), with John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, a pre-“Doctor Who” Tom Baker, Grégoire Aslan, Kurt Christian and Martin Shaw. The 1973 Harryhausen-Schneer-Columbia “Sinbad” entry was directed by Gordon Hessler.
Harryhausen and Schneer produced their final Columbia “Sinbad” Dynamation/Dynarama entry with “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (1977), with Patrick Wayne (the son of John Wayne), Jane Seymour, a post-“Doctor Who” Patrick Troughton, Taryn Power, Kurt Christian and Bernard Kay. The 1977 Harryhausen-Schneer-Columbia “Sinbad” production was directed by Sam Wanamaker.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of Ray Harryhausen’s “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher, Virgilio Teixeira, Harold Kasket, Nana DeHerrera, Alec Mango, Luis Guedes, Nino Falanga, Alfred Brown and Danny Green with Bernard Herrmann’s source orchestral music score and Ray Harryhausen’s Dynamation stop-motion effects, you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect treat for all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow enthusiasts of Ray Harryhausen’s classic stop-motion Dynamation/Dynarama masterpieces! Escape from stress and anxiety with Sven’s big at-home broadcast from the “Sven cave,” plus Sven’s extra fun facts, Doug Graves’ music, Kerwyn’s “home office” mail call and much, much more! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended! And just in time to celebrate the upcoming June 29 centennial of the birth of Ray Harryhausen!
Note: Kerwin Mathews has no connection to Kerwyn! –C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
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Extra! Extra! Extra (Update)! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals are jumping for joy for the upcoming big live broadcast of a live reading adaptation of a cult sci-fi/horror feature film masterpiece featuring one of our fellow super SvenPals! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee will be appearing in the role of pioneering TV monster/horror/sci-fi/thrillerfilm host Maila “Vampira” Nurmi in the upcoming Online Kovid Players live online big broadcast/live reading adaptation of Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space;” this Sat., June 27 at 8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern on the airlanes of YouTube! According to Jamie’s official tweet, a pre-recorded YouTube edition of the Online Kovid Players’ live online YouTube big broadcast adaptation of “Plan 9 from Outer Space” will also be available via YouTube after the show! Stay tuned to Jamie’s official Twitter site for additional details! Three cheers & two thumbs up to Jamie & the entire Online Kovid players troupe from all of us fellow super SvenPals and fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers on their upcoming live big broadcast adaptation of Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space” on the airlanes of Facebook live for this Sat.! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re proud of you all! A toast to Jamie & the Online Kovid players troupe all of us fellow super SvenPals and fellow super jammers everywhere! Congratulations, keep up the wonderful/excellent work, stay safe/well, keep healthy, peace, “Hi-Keeba” & all the best to Jamie, the Online Kovid troupe & the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals & fellow super jammers everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee’s archival/pre-recorded editions of “Jammin’ with Jamie” are playing in rotation on the airlanes of Northwestern University Radio/WNUR-FM 89.3/FM 89.3-HD1 in the greater Berwyn/Chicago listening area, WNUR.org and the TuneIn platform from coast-to-coast, around the world and throughout the universe! Again, stay tuned to Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or Jamie’s official website for updates and additional information in connection to “Jammin’ with Jamie!” Again, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals/fellow super jammers can also listen to archival/pre-recorded editions of Jamie’s past “Jammin’ with Jamie” programs (2016-present), additional details/information can be found via Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or official website! And again, be sure to help out one of Jamie’s friends by donating/spreading the word to help offset costly medical costs! –C.H.
In connection to “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958):
“The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958) is also available on Blu-Ray disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The 1958 Ray Harryhausen-Nathan H. Juran-Columbia classic Dynamation/Dynarama fantasy-adventure masterpiece is also available on DVD from Sony. “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958) is also available for streaming from Sony through participating streaming/video-on-demand service providers.
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