Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

G   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy


Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) Poster

Doc and the Amazing Five battle Captain Seas and "the green death" for control of a fabulous resource.


5.7/10
1,701

Videos


Photos

  • Ron Ely in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
  • Pamela Hensley and Ron Ely in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
  • "Doc Savage," Ron Ely 1975/Warner
  • Ron Ely in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
  • "Doc Savage, Man of Bronze" Ron Ely 1975/Warner
  • Ron Ely in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Awards

1 win.

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


29 May 2006 | mhfca
3
| Disappointing, and I know why...
I was fortunate enough to meet George Pal (and still have my DS:TMOB poster autographed by him) at a convention shortly after the release, and asked him why he chose to do the film "camp". Before he could answer, two studio flacks intercepted and lectured me on how the studio "knew best" and how "no one will take such a film seriously". I had been reading the Bantam reprints for a couple of years thanks to a friend (ComiCon attendees of the 1970s will recall Blackhawk and his band? I was in a couple of years of that with him), and had higher hopes than what we got.

The flacks insisted that no high adventure would ever be done seriously, and so doing 'camp' was the only way. Several other fans jumped in on my side, with Pal listening as best he could. At the end of the little event, Pal came up to us and apologized, wishing he could have done more and better.

STAR WARS put the lie to the flacks, and a year after Pal's death, Spielberg and Lucas proved that Doc Savage could have easily been the next major movie franchise...if it hadn't been for the flacks.

Tear out the memory or history of Doc, and the film would have been worth a 6/10 rating as nothing more than a mindless popcorn seller.

But destroying the legacy like that was no less an abomination than killing a baby in the crib.

Doc Savage can still come to the screen, and survive the inevitable comparisons by the ill-informed to Indiana Jones, but it would have to be done in all seriousness and earnest to reclaim the glory that we should expect from the First American Superhero.

SIDENOTES: Yes, there was a second script for ARCHENEMY OF EVIL, and it's a lot more serious. Yes, there was simultaneous footage shot, but mostly establishing shots and very little with actors. And, yes, there _is_ a one-sheet of Ron Ely leaping over a brick wall and blasting at something over his shoulder with a specially built bronze pistol. Ely's wearing a duster over a button down white shirt with a bronze tie, and the words "DOC SAVAGE: ARCHENEMY OF EVIL...Coming Next Summer!" POSTSCRIPT: If anyone knows who the studio flacks were that accompanied George Pal in 1975 to San Diego for the convention, smack the idiots up the side of the head and call them the idiots that they are. At the time, they were doing dorkknobs and Fu Manchu in stripes and baggy canvas pants, and carrying Paramount portfolios.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Tarzan

Tarzan

The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

The Silencers

The Silencers

The Crimson Blade

The Crimson Blade

The Single Girls

The Single Girls

Murderers' Row

Murderers' Row

The Satan Bug

The Satan Bug

The Girl-Getters

The Girl-Getters

The Monolith Monsters

The Monolith Monsters

Silver Streak

Silver Streak

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Action | Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Fantasy

How Well Does Michael Sheen Know His IMDb Page?

Does Michael Sheen know his own career? IMDb puts him to the test and quizzes the "Quiz" star on his IMDb page.

Watch the video

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com