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July 23, 2003

Sinbad

Jane Seymour's film career includes a near forgotten gem.

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We've all wanted to see Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, playing chess with a large baboon, right? And that's just one of the many endearing attractions of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).

Sinbad was released in 1977, a fact which may have doomed it to obscurity when over-shadowed by the unanticipated success of an art film the Flea happened to see three times that year (both apparently featured Peter Mayhew). Ray Harryhausen's special effects combine with Jane Seymour's memorable navel to produce another moment of great psychic importance in the life of a young Flea.

Turner Classic Movies' discussion of the Seymour Sinbad also reveals her "real" name:

Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg.

Not only that, she really does play chess with a baboon. For extra trivia points, the baboon's name was Trog.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 23, 2003 01:30 AM

Comments

A terrific movie! Love anything that Harryhausen was in (well, I'm lukewarm to the one with that L.A. Law hack...too much spinoff/influence from that "art film" that you mentioned!).

You can get the Sinbad movies on DVD. As a bonus, there's a boxed set available. "Jason and the Argonauts" is available in a separate release. Then there's the earlier Harryhausen's..."Twenty Million Miles to Earth" (where sets from "The Caine Mutiny" stood in for the spaceship that went to Venus), "First Men in the Moon" (adapted from the H.G. Wells book) and others.

I always regret that he retired before making the long-promised and awaited "Sinbad on Mars" movie where we were promised a bit of influence of the classic works of Edgar Rice Burroughs!

A non-web resource (sadly out of print, but copies can be found via ABEBooks.com and other sources) is "From the Land Beyond Beyond: The Making of the Movie Monsters You've Known and Loved", by Jeff Rovin (Berkley, October 1977, ISBN 425-03506-9, $5.95 for a big trade paperback if you can believe it!!!). Covers the films of Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien in glorious detail!

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at July 23, 2003 10:09 AM

Loved this film! :)

And that hair! *shudder*

Posted by: Solomon at July 23, 2003 11:57 PM

I must admit, I had never seen Jane Seymour as hot. I certainly do now. I only hope to find the 1973 playboy on ebay. Just kidding... I think.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at July 24, 2003 10:55 AM