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.
Here's a pressbook for Macumba, though I can't seem to find more information on this movie. It's not the Macumba Love I've posted before. I like the use of color paper and brown ink on this one. I'm a sucker for any jungle-related movie, too, so I had to have it ;) And just look at that tagline "Like the Quicksands of Life, powerful...evil...the Love Potion of Green Hell!" Say what? Nonsensical, but wild, right?
Once again, Tony Rivers strikes, sending us this movie pressbook for Tarzan's Hidden Jungle. He notes: "Finally got the first Gordon Scott Tarzan movie pressbook complete and scanned it (tricky since it's 12" x 18" and the largest of all my pressbooks), so I had to scan each page at least three times and merge them in Gimp, but here it is." Thanks, TR!