Coming Soon From Olive Films

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  1. davidHartzog

    davidHartzog Cinematographer

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    I would buy some of these just for the casts.
     
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    Here are excerpts from a 2009 interview that 91-year-old A.C. Lyles did with Jon Zelazny, in which Lyles spoke of his operating methods:

    “How did you first begin producing Westerns?

    Paramount had a board meeting. They asked me to come in, and they said, “We have a problem. There’s no Western on the schedule.” I said, “Well, I have a great script.” And I did it. And it made money. And they said, “How many can you make a year?” I said, “Five!” They said, “Go make ‘em!”

    Who did you report to?

    I didn’t report to anyone. I told them I could only do it if I didn’t have a committee. I usually came up with an original story. I didn’t write screenplays—writers wrote the scripts—I just started it, cast it, made it, and shipped it to New York. I didn’t tell anybody what the story was, or what it would cost. I was a one-man studio within a major studio, and that was the only way I could make them.

    What was a schedule like for one of your pictures?

    I never told anybody.

    (pause)

    And you’re still not?

    I never told Paramount what they cost. Because you don’t preview a budget, you preview a picture. Vincent Canby once wrote a story about me. It was called “Money Invested, Money Returned,” and his opening line was, “A.C. Lyles has been the most profitable producer in the history of Paramount Pictures.” And it was true.

    I only managed to find one of them at my video store: Johnny Reno (1966), with Dana Andrews and—

    Jane Russell. Who else was in that one?

    Lon Chaney, Jr. Richard Arlen. A lot of old-timers.

    Those were my buddies. I always tried…

    He indicates the poster of his film Black Spurs (1965).

    Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell, Scott Brady, Lon Chaney, Richard Arlen, Bruce Cabot, and Terry Moore. They’d call me and say, “When do we start the next one?” I’d say, “Three weeks.”

    Were they studio contract players? Or was that system already gone?

    They called them “The Lyles Posse.” I used them a lot. Richard Arlen had done so many Westerns in his time. When I was an office boy, he told me I’d be a producer some day, and that he wanted to be in every picture I made… and I never made a picture without Richard Arlen! And all the other people on the lot who were my friends… they did so much for me. So much.”
     
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    Paramount didn't release many peplum films back in the day. I wonder if they would still hold U.S. rights to 1962's SIEGE OF SYRACUSE, with Tina Louise, and 1963's DUEL OF THE TITANS with Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott.

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    I LOVE that interview. Is there any more to it?

    And I like how Lyles worked. He got the job done without unnecessary fuss or expense -- just like Roger Corman was doing across down. Just let the filmmakers & the actors do what they do. That's how films get made and get profitable.

    Suddenly I want to get my hands on all of Lyle's films.

    Thanks for posting the interview.
     
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    You can find the complete interview with A.C. Lyles here:

    http://eightmillionstories.com/archive.php?gvID=144
     
  6. Randy Korstick

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    I've only seen 5 of the A.C. Lyles Westerns. They were nothing groundbreaking and they were low-budget but they accomplished what they intended to do which was be Fun and Entertaining. I would buy them if they were released with decent prints with good color and Widescreen. The decent prints with good color issue maybe the reason they haven't been released.
     
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    Aside from DUEL OF THE TITANS, Paramount released a few other peplum titles, such as SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD.

    I've never forgotten a mid-1960's triple bill that I attended, of which each film seemed intended for a different audience:

    GIRLS GIRL GIRLS (Elvis)
    SHOCK CORRIDOR (Sam Fuller)
    SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD
     
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    Only five of the films have ever been on video:

    Apache Uprising
    Hostile Guns
    Arizona Bushwhackers
    Buckskin
    Johnny Reno

    All were released on VHS, and the first four were on laserdisc. Johnny Reno is the only one on DVD. All the VHS and laserdisc releases were full-frame.
     
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    DUEL OF THE TITANS was directed by noted spaghetti western director Sergio Corbucci (DJANGO, NAVAJO JOE, THE MERCENARY, THE GREAT SILENCE, COMPANEROS).

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    SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD starred Roger Browne, Gordon Mitchell, and Scilla Gabel, and opened in the U.S. in August 1965. A month later, Paramount released another film with the same three stars, REVENGE OF THE GLADIATORS.

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    Another costume picture that Paramount released, but may no longer control, is 1964's THE SON OF CAPTAIN BLOOD, starring Errol Flynn's son, Sean.

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    One thing about the above link I forgot to add...Scroll down to Part 5 for the start of the Lyles information.
     
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    Thanks to you both for the links.

    Let's hope Olive Films will evaluate the elements and consider releasing the Lyle westerns in their next go-round, if there is another go-round after this one's completed.
     
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    My copy of God's Little Acre is not expected to reach me tomorrow.

    Amazon is telling me:
    Wonder why the delay?
     
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    Mine has been shipped by importcds. Hopefully arrival tomorrow.
     
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    SON OF CAPTAIN BLOOD features an embarrassing debut by Sean Flynn, but it does have an unexpectedly ambitious climax which was somewhat reminiscent of George Pal.
     
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    For the most part, Olive releases don't reach me by release date from Amazon. They usually arrive on Thursday. The title in question is shipping today to me along with 3-4 other Olive titles. However, That Touch of Mink isn't one of them.
     
  18. Ken Koc

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    I picked up THAT TOUCH OF MINK and GOD"S LITTLE ACRE last week in Europe. When I am in New York and I order from Amazon, Olive titles they are ALWAYS late......why?
     
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    And those are the 5 I have seen. I believe I still have 1 or 2 on Laserdisc.
     
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    I have a Beta tape of it stored away in a box. I'm looking forward to seeing the Olive BD.
     

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