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Doc Savage... the Man of Bronze
     

Doc Savage... the Man of Bronze

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Director: Michael Anderson

Cast: Ron Ely, Paul Gleason, Bill Lucking

 

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George Pal's final film is a kiddie action saga based on the popular comic strip and action book series by Kenneth Robeson. Ron Ely is all flash and charmless brawn as the blonde-haired superhero Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze. When his father is mysteriously murdered, Savage gathers together five of his cronies -- The Amazing Five -- to head off on an expedition to

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George Pal's final film is a kiddie action saga based on the popular comic strip and action book series by Kenneth Robeson. Ron Ely is all flash and charmless brawn as the blonde-haired superhero Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze. When his father is mysteriously murdered, Savage gathers together five of his cronies -- The Amazing Five -- to head off on an expedition to South America to find some answers. There he battles Captain Seas (Paul Wexler) and "the green death." Along the way, he charms native girl Mona (Pamela Hensley), who immediately falls for the blonde chiselhead.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze is an unfortunate screen translation of the popular pulp adventure hero. Created while "camp" was still a trendy cultural buzzword, Savage misses the opportunity (that Raiders of the Lost Ark would realize a few years later) of finding the cinematic power in a straight pulp adventure. As a result, Savage is a mess of a movie, without either the conviction of its original source material or a compelling reason to be reinterpreted through the camp lens. It starts out as just plain silly, but ends up annoying; by the time the villains are reformed at the finale and join a Salvation Army band, most viewers will be irritated that the constant ridiculing of the character, situation and genre has been conducted with so little point -- and without sufficient wit. Ron Ely is physically right for Savage, and that fact alone gets him through a great deal of the film. Ultimately, though, he lacks the acting talent and (more importantly) the charisma that are necessary to make the character work, especially under these circumstances. Most of the cast is similarly weak and/or misdirected, although Paul Wexler is enjoyable. While fans of the original pulp series may not like the tone of the film, it does pay attention to some of the finer "trivia" points associated with the original.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316126684
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
3,531

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Ely Doc Savage
Paul Gleason Major Thomas J. "Long Tom" Roberts
Bill Lucking Colonel John "Renny" Renwick
Michael Miller "Monk," Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett
Eldon Quick William Harper "Johhny" Littlejohn
Darrell Zwerling Brigadier General Theodore Marley "Ham" Brooks
Paul Wexler Capt. Seas
Victor Millan King Chaac
Robert Corso Don Rubio Gorro
Frederico Roberto El Presidente
Grace Stafford Little Lady
Robyn Hilton Karen
Janice Heiden Adrianna
Scott Walker Borden
Alberto Morin Jose
Robert Tessier Dutchman
Michael Berryman Coroner
Jorge Cervera Col. Ramirez
Chuy Franco Cheelok
Pamela Hensley Mona
Carlos Rivas Kulkan
Dar Robinson Native

Technical Credits
Michael Anderson Director
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
Sass Bedig Special Effects
Don Black Score Composer,Songwriter
Patrick W. Cummings Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank deVol Score Composer,Songwriter
Tony Epper Stunts
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Fred Harpman Art Director
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Robert MacDonald Special Effects
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Thomas J. McCarthy Editor
Joseph Morhaim Screenwriter
George Pal Producer,Screenwriter
Harlan Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup

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Doc Savage... the Man of Bronze 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very campy and hilarious, but fun to watch. Very 1920ish, even the slang of the time is used. Doc Savage is an early super hero. The Superman of his time.