Indiana Heston

Posted Sunday, April 27, 2008, at 5:03 PM
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  • Amen.

    We owe a lot to the old pulp characters.

    Often,we create new riffs on ancient stories without realizing that the conventions and cliches we love were once original and fresh when introduced years ago.

    If not for remakes,revivals and pastiches,a younger generation might never know of the plots,the characters or the people who brought them to life.

    Frank Reade,Jack Armstrong,Johhny Brainerd,Bulldog Drummond and others of their eras gave birth to Tom Swift and Johnny Quest as surely as Horatio Hornblower begat James Tiberius Kirk and Modesty Blaise gave birth to Sidney Bristow.

    Whether we enjoy Henry Jones' baby boy,that Bond fellow,Emma Peel,the Maverick Brothers or Jessica Fletcher,we need to thank Steele (and Heston),Miss Marple,Raffles,Honey West and all the others who started those genres.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Apr 27, 2008, at 6:06 PM
  • Charlton Heston was indeed the definitive Indiana Jones prototype in SECRET OF THE INCAS. I saw this wonderful adventure movie as a kid and it inspired me to travel to Peru last year to explore all the locations shown in the movie, like Machu Picchu and Cuzco. I had the greatest two weeks of my life in Peru ... thanks to SECRET OF THE INCAS. Charlton Heston was also amazingly similar to Indiana Jones in the terrific circus epic THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, coincidently Spielberg's favourite movie as a child. I have devoted a site to SECRET OF THE INCAS, where you can compare Heston's Harry Steele to Spielberg's Indiana Jones.

    -- Posted by James Byrne on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 4:19 AM
  • I just watched Willow (another George Lucas movie) again for the first time since I was a kid, and it seemed to be a copy of the Hobbit series. I love all of the Lucas movies, but he is seeming to come across a little unoriginal.

    -- Posted by greasemonkey on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 8:12 PM
  • The link to my site on SECRET OF THE INCAS has changed. You can now view my site on this great precursor to Indiana Jones at :

    -- Posted by James Byrne on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 4:54 AM
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