Tommy gets lost in the Belgian Congo and is adopted by Zamba, one big gorilla mom. Tommy's real mom shows up and the fur flies. Of course, no one stops to ask who Tommy rather be with. Jon Hall does his best to keep a straight face. This 6 inches by 9 inches booklet from Denmark, I'm assuming, is a souvenir giveaway for the movie. To be honest, I only wanted it because of the cover. She doesn't appear in the movie. Bummer.
Here's the The Beast With a Million Eyes pressbook courtesy of Tony Rivers. Budget constraints will produce a small puppet creature toward the end, which only has two eyes, but still looks pretty good. Note the all important screaming woman with cleavage promotion. A million eyes and that's all it can see. Typical. An interesting movie for its use of elements of animals-against-us and alien mind control, themes that would be expanded on in later movies. Pedantic philosophizing at critical moments indicative of 1950s science fiction, but here it rubs against the action as the delivery is monotone and slow. Roger Corman produced this one for 30,000 dollars. Bet he did well in the drive-in and neighborhood theater circuit.
Lots of admats and articles make this quite a campaign/pressbook. There are Seventeen magazine and Howard Johnson comic book tie-ins, along with Whirlpool Kitchens and Scholastic magazines. Whew. (Here's your comic book reader version: Download 2001 Space Odyssey Pressbook 24MB.)
You may have an opinion as to the worst movie ever made, but I've got the proof. Just watch this lump of coal, this empty stocking on Christmas morn, this morose, torpid, lackluster cinematic misfire that makes chewing gum stuck to your shoe more fun and endearing. You want to knock the boundless joy out of Buddy the Elf? Just show him this inane, sugarless tart of zero holiday mirthlessness. Yes, Virginia, it's that awful. Truly awful. You've been warned. For criminy sakes, an unmarried, dirty, hermit in a cave gives family advice. Stay away!
You can see the movie theater herald for this double bill here. And if you have a comic reader, here's the cbz file of this Monster From Green Hell and Half Human pressbook. MFGH also appeared with The Brain From Planet Arous (one of my favorites!). According to the DCA Wikipedia entry, "among the last films DCA distributed were Half Human (1958), The Strange World of Planet X (1958), The Crawling Eye (1958), and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).
Here's the movie/theater herald for the double bill of Monster From Green Hell and Half Human. With tags lines like "Half-Man, Half-Beast but All Monster!" and "Nightmare Thrills Beyond Belief!" audiences today may not be enticed into seeing these. Heck, the 2016 presidential race is more nightmare thrills beyond belief than these movies could ever be. I'll leave it up to you to choose who fits the "all monster tag," though.
At 30 pages, this pressbook for Superman is quite a flyer. The cast articles are plentiful, and the tagline, "you will believe a man can fly," is a grabber. Of course now, the tagline is more like "duck and cover." ( Download Comic Reader version of Superman Pressbook)
For those of us who thrilled to the real Superman, who actually worked harder to save people rather than CGI-f-it-up the destruction and death quotient. Here' the movie pressbook for Superman II. Practical effects and all. (If you want to view it in your comic book reader, Download Superman II Movie Pressbook .)
More jungle spectacle courtesy of Tony Rivers. He spotted these scans made by comic book fiend Bill Meugniot. This time, Buster Crabbe (Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon), takes a stab at it. Hold on to your loin cloth as the "Mighty Thunda" swings through the trees. Exciting poster art and lots of promotion can be found in the 12 pages of this pressbook, including a coloring page!
Fellow jungle-fever fan and pressbook collector Tony Rivers strikes again. He spotted Will Meugniot's scans of this Congo Bill, King of the Jungle pressbook you can go ape over. Or go ape over Congo Queen Cleo Moore if you like.
At 18 by 23 1/4 inches, this is one big pressbook. Add ten pages filled with photos, articles, a coloring promotion, a theater giveaway clown mask by Topstone, a comic herald, and a full color cover, it becomes a pressbook collector's dream. I'm sure the audience liked the movie, too.
Still a good movie, even if Christopher Lee wasn't in it. This is something of a double bill pressbook, although The Leech Woman is somewhat off to the side as a suggestion more than a big selling point.
I would watch the Bomba and Tarzan movies every Sunday on local television, along with Abbott and Costello. The movies aren't great, but always entertaining, and they give you an interesting perspective on how Hollywood (and America) viewed the Dark Continent (Sub-Saharan Africa according to Wikipedia), and its inhabitants through cinema. And boy, I wish I looked that good in a loincloth. I know the term "dark continent" has fallen out of favor, but it best encompasses the artistic leanings and dramatic on-film mindsets of the 1930s through 1950s.