2013 is coming to an end and we are still conmemorating many anniversaries.
Now we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Jason and the Argonauts” starring Todd Armstrong as Jason.
We all know the story, it’s about the mythical Greek hero (Jason) in his quest for the Golden Fleece.
Directed by Don Chaffey in collaboration with stop motion animation expert Ray Harryhausen, the film is noted for its stop-motion creatures, and particularly the iconic fight with the skeletons. The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who also worked on other fantasy films with Harryhausen, such as Mysterious Island and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
In April 2004, Empire magazine ranked Talos as the second best film monster of all time, after King Kong.
At the 1992 Academy Awards actor Tom Hanks deemed Jason and the Argonauts to be “the greatest movie of all time”.
Ray Harryhausen regarded this as his best film. Previous Harryhausen films had been generally shown as part of double features in “B” theatres. Columbia was able to book this film as a single feature in many “A” theatres in the United States. The skeletons’ shields are adorned with designs of other Harryhausen creatures, including an octopus and the head of the Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth.