I love westerns, grew up with them on television and in the movies. Grew up with Buster Crabbe, too. He portrayed Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, in those serials that inspired Indiana Jones and breathtaking cinema. So...here you go, pardner.
In the 1960s, you listened to music either on vinyl or radio. Or, of course, you could see a movie about hipsters twisting to the groove. If you remember Thom McAn, Arthur Murray dance studios, and Chubby Checker, I've got a pressbook for you. Here's the comic reader version to twist to: Download Twist Around the Clock Pressbook.
Sure, that's right, the women don't count. Just the boys and their flying machines. This movie only recreates the Edwardian Age for Magnificent Men, and we all know women weren't magnificent or funny in the Edwardian Age, right? Yes, movies have come a long way indeed. But still fun once you get past the 1960s male-centric nature of it.
Cowboy movies may be poised for a comeback. Saddle up with Tom Tyler in Mystery Range to prepare yourself. Here's the comic book reader version to slip into your digital saddlebag: Download Tom Tyler Pressbook, before you hit the trail.
An exciting pressbook for an action adventure movie, the poster art for Sands of the Kalahari is vibrant and filled with drama and menace. And just look at that ballyhoo for the movie theater! Here's the comic reader version: Download Sands of Kalahari Pressbook
Here's the British pressbook for the Lost City of Gold (1958) with the Lone Ranger. Mind you, this is the real deal, not the buffoonish misfire starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Here's the comic book reader version for you hombres and hombrettes: Download Lone Ranger British Pressbook
Private eye Peter Gunn was one of my favorite characters on television in the 1960s. Even as young as I was I loved that opening theme music. It's a wonder I didn't become a PI. And I shouldn't forget Honey West. She was a favorite, too, though I think I was in love with the AC Cobra she drove and all the high tech gadgets she used more than anything else. Here's the movie herald from 1967's color caper, Gunn.
Non-English pressbooks usually aren't very large or filled with pages like the American pressbooks, but they still pack a neat promotional wallop in a small package. Here's the French pressbook for the film noir, Conflict (1945).
One of Vincent Price's less than stellar efforts. From Wikipedia:
Filming began in November 1966. Knowing that local censors would prohibit filming, Towers gave them a copy of Abe Lincoln in Illinois and hired an actor to walk around the set dressed like Abraham Lincoln in case the censors dropped by.
According to Price in a 1984 interview, he had been signed on to the project without full knowledge of what the film would be about. After his scenes were shot, "Martha Hyer and I were led off...so we went to visit on the set and we found that they were remaking all of the scenes we'd been in, but a pornographic version of it." He added, "I never got to see it."
Remember when we went to the theater to be mystified by foreign cultures and different life-styles, way back when? Now we're just mortified. Mostly. What drew me to this 11 x 17 inches, 8 page, pressbook, was the cover. Very eye-catching, very colorful with its red and black inks.
There was a hypnosis craze? Anyway, this 11x17 inches pressbook for Nightmare is well done. Good illustrations and color choices make it pop. Hypnosis would figure prominently in other mysteries that followed later, including episodes of television's Columbo and The Avengers.
I dare you to keep a straight face after reading "Set of 30 alluring, patron pulling 8x10 stills featuring Girls, Girls, Girls." Sure, I might burn in hell for posting pressbooks like this, but I know I'll have a lot of company ;)
The late 1950s to early 1960s had a certain style of scripting and visual direction for female leads, which often promoted through tight, and skimpy, clothing with slip on shoes. Guys held the guns, of course, and seemed to always roll up their sleeves and slick back their hair. Lex Barker made a wonderful Tarzan, by the way.