Classic Cinema: Doc Savage: Man of Bronze (1975) – Jason S. Lockard


Our world has began to be inundated with comic book movies and tv shows. For comic book fans this is a dream come true. But there were time that comic books made it to the small screen before. Over the last few months we have been looking back at some of those little known comic book movies from yesteryear.

Doc Savage named Clark Savage Jr. is a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and musician. But more than that he is a near-superhuman thanks to his father and who trained his mind and body from birth. Giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices.

In 1975, producer and director George Pal produced Doc Savage Man of Bronze, starring Ron Ely as Doc Savage. The film follows Doc Savage as he searches for his missing father in the wilds of South America. But he must also deal with the maniacal Captain Seas.

The movie was panned by critics and failed at the box-office. George Pal suggested the movie’s failure was do to the loss of funding, when the studio changed heads and Pal was forced to cut costs.

One of the major issues for me was George Pal seemed to go for more “campy” style to the film maybe to capture the “Batman” style. That could be considered a good thing or a bad thing depending on your feelings of Adam West’s Batman.

But nevertheless it is a piece of cinema history. So before they make a new Doc Savage film check out the original, who know you may just like it. So until next month when we take another look at a classic comic book movie. This is Jason Lockard reminding you, if you want to see a good movie, check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Mild violence
Audience: Not Suitable for small children
Genre: action, adventure, comedy
Length: 100 min.
Year of Release: 1975
Our Rating: C