Thursday, July 15, 2010
BACK TO THE PLANET OF THE APES (1981) TV Spot
The short-lived Planet of the Apes television series from 1974 was another show that had several episodes edited together into TV movies for syndication; in this case, in 1981. The titles of these compilations were: Back to the Planet of the Apes, Forgotten City of the Planet of the Apes, Treachery and Greed on the Planet of the Apes, Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes, and Farewell to the Planet of the Apes.
I remember watching a few of these makeshift telefilms on WLBZ out of Bangor on weekday afternoons, but this particular promo/intro is just one I found on YouTube. I thought it was cool. If anyone recognizes the station/market, let me know.
Interesting trivia, according to Wikipedia: When the Planet of the Apes telefilms entered syndication, ABC's owned and operated stations, who picked them up for their afternoon movie programs (under titles such as The 4:30 Movie), called upon Roddy McDowall to re-create his role of Galen in a series of new openings and closings specifically for these stations, billed as "The New Planet of the Apes." The introductions originally created by 20th Century Fox to open each film was replaced by a now-aged Galen (McDowall) looking back on the events of the telefilms. The openings and closings revealed Virdon and Burke's final fates: "they found their computer in another city and disappeared into space as suddenly as they’d arrived." The ABC openings and closings of these telefilms were never seen on other stations.