Friday, November 25, 2011

Adventure film 9: She (1935)

The Adventure Film Podcast returns with Merian C. Cooper's stylish filmed version of H. Rider Haggard's She (1935), starring Helen Gahagan, Nigel Bruce, Randolph Scott and Helen Mack. Click the image below to listen to the podcast (24.3 MB, 1 hour 7 mins).

Recorded Sunday 20 November 2011, edited by Murray Ewing.

Notes & Errata: The Hammer version of She was 1965. She was indeed the first film to use the newly designed Hammond organ in its musical score (from an interview with composer John Morgan). Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines was published in 1885, two years before She. The dance director for She was Benjamin Zemach. In the book Kallikrates is married to Amenartas. A sabre-toothed tiger appeared in Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). Kay Nielsen was Danish.

Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: She (1935)


  1. Great to see you guys back!

    Really loving the podcast. Can't wait for Sinbad!!!

  2. I wouldn't have known anything about SHE, if you never mentioned, Garen. So thanks to both of you, for another enjoyable program.

    I was hoping to watch the '35 and '65 version, together, but my head is too full of writing about the 1900s right now.

    Really interesting about Helen. I may have read about her in the newspapers at time. (Lived through that whole Nixon and most of LBJ stuff...)

    You mentioned Busby Berkeley. He was doing some the early 1930 talkie musicals, with 42nd street being the first big hit.

    I have the same US disc, but only watched the b and w version. I'll try the colour one sometime. (I have the colour version of It's a wonderful Life, too, but haven't watched it, either.)

    Note for Murray: I see my classic movie channel will be showing Japanese Horror films. Don't know if that is something you know much about, with your interest more in that direction. I just saw a whole list of them coming, so don't know if any I should watch out for. I have never watched any.

    One more! (Well, two.) Hope you both might consider something in the future. Really enjoyed all these programs this year and you make a good team.

    Look forward to the next one! And I even got the film! (I have all these films now, but one.)

  3. I had to look hard to find a non-colourised version of It's a Wonderful Life a little while back. It's the flesh tones that get me — everyone seems to be made out of vaguely flesh-coloured clay rather than the real thing...

    I went through a phase of watching a lot of Japanese Horror films. So many of them just weren't that great. I still like Ring (or Ringu as its sometimes called, to differentiate it from the US remake). I have a feeling that watching a whole season of them might make them seem a little too samey.

    I'm looking forward to the Sinbad film, too!

  4. Yes, I'd stay away from colourised versions - it was sort of an experiment watching She in colour and I think they did a better job than is usually done on these things, but I'll watch the b+w one in future.

    Murray did a great blog post on Asian horror (here) on his blog.

  5. Thanks, Murray, on you thoughts on the Japanese films. I don't know anything about them.

    And thanks for Murray's post, Garen. I really never watched that many horror films in general, but got a press release from TCM this week, about them showing some Japanese ones in the future.

    Today, I got another email from TCM with a bit more detail.

    It didn't mention Ringu, but it did mention films by director Kaneto Shindo. One of them is called 'Kuroneko' from 1968. (B&W Tohoscope). He did another one that was similar in 1964 called Onibaba.

    All future films, planned, so no firm dates yet on schedule.

    And I also had the same problem in locating a B&W version of "Life" too. Had to get it with the colour version with it.

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