Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD - Ray Harryhausen - "The Miracle Of Dynarama!" (1973)

 Welcome to another Wild and Woolly Wednesday in The Dungeon! 
How's this for a cool Zodiacal poster?
There were four Sinbad movies from 1958 to 1977. "The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad" was number three. The second film in the group titled simply "Captain Sinbad" in 1963 was done by a completely different production company from the other three, and is the only one that has no connection to Ray Harryhausen! Four different good looking guys played Sinbad in those four movies, Kerwin Mathews, Guy Williams, John Phillip Law, and Patrick Wayne!

"The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad" is basically a 15 year old sequel to the 1958 feature, "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad!" 

There's lots of hocus pocus mumbo jumbo, because otherwise, there would be no story!

"The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad" has a solid cast that includes Tom (Dr. Who) Baker as Koura, an evil man with the power to create life like this little fellah!

"The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad" is basically a puzzle story used to showcase the talents of the master of stop motion animation, Ray Harryhausen! Ray also co-wrote and co-produced the film, so it all makes sense!

Dungeon Prom Queen Caroline Munro as slave girl Margiana, is more than happy to leave her master and go out on the high seas of adventure with Captain Sinbad! This movie came right in between "Dr. Phibes Rises Again," and "Captain Kronos - Vampire Killer" in Caroline's career, so now you know why she's the Queen! Caroline has two films set to be released in 2017, "Cute Little Buggers," and "315 Wicked Way!" We hope they slay the box office!

I'm sure the conversation went something like this: Ray Harryhausen says, "Wouldn't it be neat if the wooden figurehead on the front of the ship came alive?" and everybody else says, "Hell Yeah!!"

This is the kind of shot I set as my wallpaper on a regular basis!

Marvel decided to take a chance on Captain Sinbad too. Their "Worlds Unknown" was set to feature science fiction stories, but when it got to number seven, they totally switched gears and went with a Captain Sinbad story! The number eight issue of "Worlds Unknown" also featured a "Golden Voyage Of Sinbad" story! That's as far as it went! There was never an issue #9 or any other titled "Worlds Unknown!"

This comic came from down under, and that explains why it's so much more wild than the other one!

This is one of the most unbelievable group of  'natives' I've ever seen! Looks more like a meeting of the local chapter of the "Alice Cooper Fan Club!"

Douglas (Nayland Smith) Wilmer is a cat named Vizier, and his burden is that he has to wear this metal mask all the time because his face was horribly disfigured  in a fire!

Out of nowhere, Sinbad needs a distraction from the natives, so he tells Vizier to take off the mask, and it scares the living crap out of everybody!

Kali, a real Hindu Goddess, does a mean boog-a-loo at the hands of Ray Harryhausen!

The six-armed Goddess cuts a pretty mean rug, but the fun and games are all over when she sprouts six swords too!

More royal creds for Caroline are "The Abominable Dr. Phibes," "Dracula A.D. 1972," "At The Earth's Core," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Starcrash," "Maniac," "The Last Horror Film," and "Slaughter High!"

As this Cyclops Centaur lusts after Margiana, I think it's safe to say in retrospect, that this movie was made in 1973, and The Sex Pistols hit the scene in 1975.........

........................and I'm pretty sure this is where Sid Vicious got his hair style from!

Let's have one last round of applause for a damn fine looking couple, John Phillip (Diabolik) Law, and Caroline (Stella Star) Munro!

Ray Harryhausen changed the name of his effects company from Dynamation to Dynarama because I'm sure it sounded more dynamically dynamite! He did the stop motion effects in two more movies after this, "Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger" in 1977, and "Clash Of The Titans" in 1981!" He passed away in 2013, and that's it! There will never be another!


zillagord said...

I was looking for "The Golden Shower of Sinbad." Wrong blog, sorry.

EEGAH!! said...

I think you made a wrong turn there at The Burnside Triangle buddy!

Grant said...

That next-to-last caption makes me realize that they were not only a great movie couple, but one of the great ones who appeared together only once.
You can be male and straight, and still consider John Phillip Law very exotic-looking. So when you co-star him with Caroline Munro....

EEGAH!! said...

I thought it was a good match up Grant. Too bad they never made a movie like "Danger: Diabolik" together!

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