In our last Q&A column, we had one reader wonder
if Walt Disney ever had a cameo role in a movie. I replied
that in my searching I could not find any instance of
a cameo so answered that I thought 'No'. However, reader
Karen Wilson had this sharp response: "Walt showed
up in his film 'The Reluctant Dragon', from 1941. It
starts as live action, with a man
going to the Disney Studios to suggest a story (The
Reluctant Dragon) be made into a film. He gets shown
around the studios, seeing how animation works etc,
and eventually bumps into Mr. Disney himself, who shows
him a preview of the latest Disney animated film which
turns out to be, in fact, The Reluctant Dragon. Hope
definitely did- thanks, Karen.
Also in our August 10th column, we had a reader ask
in which movies do we hear the line "How do you
like them apples?" CMT reader Jason wrote in with
the tidbit that Jack Nicholson said the line in Chinatown,
1974. Thanks man.
you probably thought, it was a statue of the Emperor.
They actually created a miniature model of the statue
and filmed it toppling, then blended it with the matte
paintings and CG-created backgrounds of the rest of
Coruscant. Man I want the Original Trilogy DVDs NOW,
but it sounds like we still have another three years
before we see those...
The movie you are after is a 1963 flick
called "The Crawling Hand". As you wrote,
the astronaut at the start of the flick realized some
malevolent force had taken over and had NASA push the
"red button". Unfortunately, his arm made
it back to Earth and washed up on a beach. It was taken
home by a med student, killed his land lady, and then
possessed the hapless kid to begin another murderous
don't know how fond your memories of the film are or
not, but because of the movie's high cheese factor,
it was the basis for an episode of "Mystery Science
Theater 3000"- a defunct TV show where the hosts
lambasted old goofy B-flicks as they watched them.
Paul McCartney sang the Oscar-nominated theme song for
you were a little off in that it was the hands and not
legs that Peter mentions, but the country was Saudi
Arabia, whose capital is Riyadh.
website listed a 1974 flick called "Cockfighter"
(aka "Born to Kill") as the movie with the
most instances of animal abuse. However, I could not
find any other sites on the web to corroborate that
claim. Reading through user comments on IMDB and other
boards, it certainly seems as if there are many graphic
scenes in the movie, and various other sites go into
detail on how actual cockfights were filmed for the
movie, and shown in nauseating detail.
also checked the American Humane Association, which
monitors movie production, but they only list individual
films and don't have a 'worst' category set up. The
organization opened their L.A office in 1940 after a
horse was killed during a shot for the 1939 flick "Jesee
James". After another horse was killed during the
filming of legendary bomb "Heaven's Gate",
the AHA began the practice of having an on-set supervisor
to monitor the treatment of animals. Heaven's Gate certainly
sounds like it rivals Cockfighter for all-time animal
abuses, as it also featured "an actual cockfight,
several horse trips, and a horse being blown up with
a rider on its back. People who worked on the set verified
more animal abuse, such as chickens being decapitated
and steer being bled in order to use their blood to
smear on the actors instead of using stage blood."
enough, some other movies that garnered the AHA's worst
rating, "Unacceptable", include: The Abyss,
First Blood, Lawrence of Arabia, and Roger & Me.
You can check out the AHA online at:
to believe, but brat-packer Molly Ringwald was originally
offered the role. Not a smart move on her part, but
on the other hand if she had accepted it's pretty much
a lock the movie would not have become as popular as
it did. As a side note, apparently Christopher Reeve
was originally considered for Richard Gere's role. He
was definitely closer to the Gere
role than Ringwald was to Roberts' role.
couldn't find a definitive answer anywhere on the net,
no matter what combination of Google keywords I used.
hmph. IMDB lists over 20,000 movies based on a novel,
and no power search feature to group by author names,
so that was out. I'll go with my hunch and until someone
proves me wrong otherwise... Stephen King. IMDB lists
77 entries with him credited as the writer, and by far
the large majority of those were based on either a novel,
novella, or short story that was published prior to
the movie being created. Granted, some of those entries
were made-for-TV, but still he has far more written
work entries on IMDB than other popular authors.
From a different slant, however, the most prolific 'writer'
on IMDB is listed as none other than the bard himself,
William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is credited as a writer
on 515 movies- however most of those are of course repeats
of original works. King's 77 writing credits, on the
other hand, are for individual stories (though some
might debate how original each one is, to which I say
pffft). There are many other writers on IMDB who have
100+ writing credits, but they are not based on books,
but simply credits as screenplay or story contributors..
goes against my 'no movie trivia contest answers' ethical
credo, but just this once....
the 1983 comedy, Murphy and Aykroyd went after the pork
belly market in order to get back at the Dukes.
flick was followed four years later by a less well-regarded
sequel, although it was notable as Michelle Pfeiffer's
first major screen role. Lately on some of the movie
rumor sites there have been stirrings of a remake /
sequel set in present day with John Travolta's character's
son as the protagonist, but who knows if that will get
a green light or not. With the recent success of Moulin
Rouge and Chicago, anything is possible...