Pic of the Day: First Blood (1982)


Sylvester Stallone on the set of First Blood

(Above) Sylvester Stallone in the midst of an action scene during the making of First Blood (1982). Stallone followed up this first Rambo outing – the actor’s biggest non-Rocky hit at the time – by turning down Romancing the Stone to appear in 1984’s Rhinestone.

The role of Rambo’s former commanding officer – ultimately played by Richard Crenna – was initially filled by Kirk Douglas. That did not go so well. Here’s director Ted Kotcheff on Douglas’ exit from the project, via an interview with Filmmaker Magazine. Continue Reading ›

Pic of the Day: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Gunfight at the OK Corral british poster

Gunfight at the OK Corral british poster

A British poster for a 1970s re-release of John Sturges’ Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), made for Paramount in its VistaVision format. The film marked the second of seven pairings of Kirk Douglas (here playing Doc Holliday) and Burt Lancaster (playing Wyatt Earp). Sturges followed with a quasi-sequel a decade later for United Artists – Hour of the Gun (1967) – with James Garner as Earp and Jason Robards as Holliday. Check out other Pics of the Day here.

The poster comes courtesy of Heritage Auctions, which currently has it up for bid for the next week.

Pic of the Day: Paths of Glory (1957)

Paths of Glory (1957) danish poster kubrick douglas (41 astrange t)

A Danish release poster for Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 film Paths of Glory, via the Twitter feed of @41Strange.

Also, check out a gallery of behind the scenes production stills from the film or the original script co-written by Kubrick and the great pulp novelist Jim Thompson.

Behind the Scenes of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Photo courtesy of the Facebook page Cinema Behind the Scenes, a great resource for production stills.

(Above) The water tank sound stage used to shoot the squid attack sequence in Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). The squid battle was initially set at sunset, but the creature looked too artificial and the scene was reshot with a night setting. Check out the original version and the final, reshot version below: Continue Reading ›