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favorite film franchise???

Sat May 10, 2003 7:33 pm

What's your favorite film franchise?
Last edited by Graceland Gardener on Sat May 10, 2003 10:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Sat May 10, 2003 9:27 pm


Sun May 11, 2003 7:03 am

Curtis must not have understood your post.
My favorite has always been Star Trek. I can't seem to get enough of Trek.
Growing up as a kid, my favorite were the Tarzan films.

jeff R

Sun May 11, 2003 7:27 am


Swinging on a vine out of left field with Tarzan, but you are right. We never seem to think of a franchise occuring back in the old b&w days. funny.
I watched those Tarzan flicks too on Saturday afternoons along with Abbott & Costello. They are my favorites from the oldendays. (Ma and Pa Kettle, and Bob Hope-Bing Crosby "Road" pictures too I guess would be franchises.)

Modernday, my favs are a tie between "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars"

Sun May 11, 2003 7:59 am

Can't forget my favorite comedians of years gone by....Laurel & Hardy. They made films for nearly 30 years as a team.

jeff R

Sun May 11, 2003 8:08 am

same here jj i do like star trek to but the 1960 series

sometime i do like the others two.
i also do like batman and the superman series.

and jeff do you like any of the new star trek series.
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Mon May 12, 2003 2:21 am

50 years and 27 movies and still going strong.

Mon May 12, 2003 2:35 am

thats a good flick.

how about h.g.wells the time machine the original version

Mon May 12, 2003 4:34 am

IMO, the late Gene Roddenberry gets way too much kudos for Star Trek.

It really isn't that original. It's basically Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria manned by the United Nations set in outer space.

Mr. Spock is a name taken from Dr. Spock, the pediatrician.

The TV show often depicted planets featuring nazis or cowboys or vikings.

Guess why....

those types of costumes were stocked in abundance at the Paramount Wardrobe Dept. It's cheaper than creating new original costumes and make-up effects.

Sept 1967 -

"Next episode, the Enterprise lands on Gangster Planet. Go requisition 14 pinstripe suits with tommy guns."

"Ok boss. "

January 1968 -

"Hey boss, costume dept. has a bunch of togas. We could put Kirk and Spock on Caeser Planet."

"Great idea, flunky. You get a raise!"


Mon May 12, 2003 5:48 am

but "star trek" always had a good story line.

the best trek story's is whats happening with the world of today
and its still goes with the new "star trek"

Mon May 12, 2003 6:08 am

how can it be "a good story line" when it often falls back on the atypical stereotypes of nazis, gunslingers, vikings, etc. Those characters have been done to death on tv and film - Star Trek simply substituted those ready-to-wear instant characterizations in place of a lack of original imagination.

Darth Vader is an original character.

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Mon May 12, 2003 6:13 am

Mr Gardener, I think you are way off base with Star Trek. First of all, you are talking about the first series, which is terribly dated today. It did set the standard for the future series but is probably the weakest viewed today because of that.
Have you even seen any of the four other series? Or the movies? If you were an avid watcher or fan of Star Trek you wouldn't say that.
I have seen every episode of every series and film, many numerous times. The films and series, for the most part are excellent. I am a bit upset at the direction the new series "Enterprise" has taken. It's a wonderful show but they seem to have to add a little soft-core porn into every 7 or 8 episodes. It's really trashing the series and history. It's really a shame that thye have to stoop to the level of many other shows.
Curtis, what does The Time Machine have to do with franchise films?

jeff R

Mon May 12, 2003 6:27 am

oh nothing at all jr i just liked the movie.

and i like all star trek even the original but i never seen
the new series "Enterprise" yet.

i love to.

Mon May 12, 2003 9:16 am


Regarding the storylines of the original series, I was exagerrating to lampoonial extent - but not far from the mark. The Desilu NBC series was cutting edge for a hour-long show in 66-68 (you can thank Dezi Arnez and Lucille Ball that it ever went on the air!)
but if you have all these historical costumes at your disposal on the Paramount lot, you will save money by using that stuff and writing stories around that!
cowboy planet, nazi planet, roman planet, etc. (I guarantee you that those same nazi uniforms were also worn on Hogan's Heroes and the cowboy attire was probably used on Gunsmoke).

The series had its resource limitations. Notice that scripts drew heavily on past cultures and characters.
O How ironic for a show set in the future.

I have seen some episodes and my favorite is the one with Yvonne Craig painted green and doing her dance. I've seen most of the movies and my favorite is #4 (the whales).
I have not watched any of the new tv franchises.
My attitude toward Star Trek in general is akin to that of William Shatner's when he did that SNL sketch.

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Mon May 12, 2003 7:52 pm

Bond, James Bond...

007 has always been my favorite movie series. And I believe it's the longest running franchise in movie history and the one that makes the most money!


Mon May 12, 2003 8:37 pm

Star Wars & Godzilla!

Tue May 13, 2003 1:03 am

Hi Gardener,
The girl in green dancing is not Yvonne Craig. It is Susan Oliver who went on to directing and died very young.

jeff R

Tue May 13, 2003 5:17 am

Jeff, That IS Yvonne Craig painted green and doing a dance at a banquet scene. The villain - her master - was some changeling guy in a furry vest. That's the only episode I've ever bothered to make note of. Batgirl in space :twisted:

Tue May 13, 2003 5:47 am

Well, actually, we are both correct in a way. Yvonne Craig and Susan Oliver both played Orion slave girls in different episodes of the original Star Trek series.

jeff R

Tue May 13, 2003 6:15 am

hey jr
do have any of the star trek on dvds yet.
so far i have all 4 movies on 2 dvd set each.
like star trek 1 2 dvd set.

curtis simpkins

Tue May 13, 2003 6:46 am

I have those same 4 double discs. I also have the complete Next Generation series and the first two seasons of DS9. Nemesis comes out next week on DVD. I will have that the day it comes out, for sure.

jeff R

Tue May 13, 2003 7:24 am

i was going to get the next generation sets but it was to high
but i still might get them later this year

are they nice sets and DS9.

curtis simpkins

Tue May 13, 2003 7:36 am

They are great! Each set has about 1-1 1/2 hours of unseen interviews and behind the scenes stuff. I like them a lot. I wish there was more but they are fun.

jeff R

Tue May 13, 2003 7:41 am

any outtkes and hows the 5.01 sounds good.

curtis simpkins

Tue May 13, 2003 5:32 pm

For me, it's the old Universal studios horror films of the 30's & 40's. What they were able to achieve without technologically advanced special effects is amazing. Just great actors (the brilliant Boris Karloff foremost among them), good scripts that emphasized plot & characters, and, in the case of James Whale, an imaginative director! And last but not least, the little genius who created all the monster makeups: Jack Pierce!
I also love the Tarzan flicks, particularly the Johnny Weissmuller ones.
I always loved the Bond films - particularly the Sean Connery ones.
I very much liked the Batman films - until the director killed the series with the 4th film!
Recent film franchises that I think are terrific: the Harry Potter films, and especially the Lord Of The Rings films.