2017 line-up for
| Hollywoodland (2006) *please note earlier start time this month
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:30pm
Hillsdale Public Library
509 Hillsdale Avenue
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month to view SF and other
genre related films.
*Please note we have an earlier start time this month to accommodate the length
of the film.
The mysterious and unexpected death of an iconic Hollywood star may be just the
tip of an iceberg of scandal in this showbiz drama based on the mysterious true
story of the death of Superman, George Reeves.
Reeves was cast as comic-book hero Superman in a 1951 B-movie, Superman and
the Mole Men. A year later, the producers of the movie launched a syndicated
Superman television series with Reeves returning as The Man of Steel. The show
became a major hit, and Reeves was a huge star. On June 16, 1959, to the shock
of many, Reeves was found dead of a gunshot wound. Police soon declared
Reeves' death a suicide and closed the case, but his mother refused to believe her
son took his own life, and hired a private detective, to find out the truth about her
son's passing. His digging uncovered plenty of evidence suggesting the actor did
not take his own life, and he also revealed one of Reeves' deepest secrets -- while
he was engaged to marry a pretty young starlet, Reeves was also carrying on an
affair with the beautiful wife of Eddie Mannix, a powerful and ill-tempered executive
While the producers of Hollywoodland based their story on factual accounts of the
investigation into the death of George Reeves, they were denied permission to use
the Superman logo and the familiar introduction to the Adventures of Superman
television show by the respective copyright holders.
|Gorgo MST3000 version
We started off our theme of When Nature Calls with Gorgo (1961) - the MST3000 version.
We had a lot of fun with it. Leonard Maltin had two very funny scenes: the introduction and
again later at the end...."look Siskel...um, it's Maltin....ok, Ebert". The movie itself was
basically a Godzilla rip-off that had a huge reptilian monster rampaging London rather then
Tokyo. The MST3000 lines were what took it to a different level. Lines like "the Queen Mum
has been brought out to fight the beast" and "let's go punch some clowns" were hilarious.
Lots of laughs and a great time.
We started our month off with the MSF3000 version of the 1961 British film Gorgo. Leonard
Maltin gave it 3 out of 4 stars, and even appeared in the introduction. Some adventurers
capture a dinosaur and bring it back to England to show as an exhibition. Little do they
know that a parent is coming to get it's child back. I saw it when I was about ten and
always enjoyed it. Attendees had a lot of fun with it, which continued at the Ridge Diner. A
really fun evening.