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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver (1960)

A poor English doctor (Kerwin Mathews) is at odds with his fiancee (June Thorburn). He wants to travel the world and seek his fortune while she wants him to stay and enjoy the comforts of home. He accepts the job of a ship's physician but during a storm, he falls overboard and finds himself washed on the shores of Lilliput, a land of tiny human beings where he is a giant! Loosely based on the classic satire GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift and adapted for the screen and directed by Jack Sher. While fans of Swift's novel may be irritated by the "dumbing down" of the book to a fantasy adventure, the novel is treated with dignity and enough of Swift's ideas are still retained to make the film work for grown ups while youngsters can enjoy the fantasy element. Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen doesn't get to do anything as fantastic as the skeleton fight in 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD or the Hydra in JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, his work here is mostly limited to the alligator and squirrel stop motion models. I much prefer it to the animated 1939 Max Fleischer feature film. The masterful score is by Bernard Herrmann. With Jo Morrow, Lee Patterson, Gregoire Aslan, Martin Benson and Basil Sydney.  

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