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Here’s another batch of posters from my treasure hunt. There are more I didn’t photograph yet.

Poster for "The Phantom Tollbooth"

The Phantom Tollbooth (1970). A lot of the kid posters are labeled “MGM Children’s Matinees,” which were films re-released between 1970 and 1972 to be played as matinees before current films.

This trailer even has the “Children’s Matinees” tag!
Poster for "Dr. Crippen"

Dr. Crippen (1963)

The full movie is on YouTube.
Poster for "Get Carter"

Get Carter (1971)

Poster for "Village of the Damned" and "Children of the Damned"

Village of the Damned (1960) & Children of the Damned (1964)

Posters for "World in my Pocket" and "Looking for Love"

World In My Pocket (1961) & Looking For Love (1964)

I couldn’t find any usable video from World In My Pocket (though there’s a dubbed version on a sketchy Russian movie site). All I have is the Wikipedia article. So I’ll compensate with two clips about Looking For Love.

Posters for "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" and "Rhino!"

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957) and Rhino!

…and the full movie:

Poster for "The Alphabet Murders"

The Alphabet Murders (1965)

Featuring Tony Randall as Hercule Poirot.

Full movie:

Poster for "The Scarlet Coat"

The Scarlet Coat (1955)

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Today’s treasure

I’m a digital media teacher. Today, I met with a bunch of fellow elective teachers for an all-day planning meeting. We normally meet at the district offices, but today we were invited to the Warner Bros. lot. In the middle of the meeting we were taken to Stage 24. It used to be where they filmed Friends, but today it was mostly empty.

MOSTLY empty; it now held this:

The floor of Stage 24 partially covered by rows of cardboard boxes and loose stacks of papers.

The stage had boxes and stacks of promotional posters from Warner movies from the past sixty years. “We’re going to get rid of all this. Take as much as you like!”

You know how you sometimes get a dessert that’s so delicious you keep eating well after you are full? That was me with these posters. I spent HOURS digging through them. I took a bunch for my classroom, and more for me. I left behind a ton of things that looked amazing but were not appropriate for school. Most of the materials were either half sheet posters or publicity packs, but there were some full size posters as well.

Here are a few of the things I found. I added trailers if I found them.

Doc Savage poster

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975), starring Ron Ely, AKA “TV Tarzan.”

Deadly China Doll (1973)

The Impossible Years (1968)

(A scene, not a trailer)

A man called Dagger (1967)


Two posters for The Bad Seed (1956)


Chamber of Horrors (1966)

“The first movie with its own FEAR FLASHER and HORROR HORN!”

The Body (1970) – music by ROger Waters!

“A deeply intimate feature-length film exploring the physical experience of being human.”

The Time Machine (1960) promotional materials.

Octopussy (1980) – Not the worst James Bond movie, but certainly close.

Time After Time (1979). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “My name is H.G. Wells. I have come here in a time machine of my own creation!”

Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972). A Brian De Palma movie!

Rock & Rule (1983)

Debbie Harry! Cheap Trick! Lou Reed! Iggy Pop! Cartoon Animals!

Mayerling (1968). No real trailer available, but here’s a “fan” edit.

Not exactly a fan: “This movie is laughably bad. I really only watched it so I could look at Omar Sharif and honestly they did him dirty with that hairstyle.”

The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) promotional pictures. I’d say this is the greatest film about a man who turns into a fish and joins the navy ever made.

The transformation scene.

Hot Potato (1976) and Enter the Dragon (1973).

Amazing that Bruce Lee got THIRD billing in the original trailer.

The Gumball Rally (1976)

Raul Julia’s finest film.

O Lucky Man! (1973) promotional pictures.

Slander (1957)

I think I’m getting this one framed.

I have a car full of posters like those, but I definitely left these two behind:

Hercules (1983)

Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)

“Sure, Peter Sellers has been dead for three year, but that doesn’t have to stop us!”

So, here’s a weird thing…

I was trying to remember how I did a fake sketch effect in Photoshop, and I remembered that somewhere along the way I had written up a tutorial and put it on this site. So I did what any disorganized person would do: searched for “fake sketch ga2so” on Google. I found the link, but I also found a link to a reddit post that led to an essay on YouTube about David Manning.

You probably have a couple of questions, like “Who is David Manning?” and “What does that have to do with you?”

Well, about twenty years ago, Sony made up a fake reviewer named David Manning and used his quotes in their ad campaigns. I thought it was hilarious, so I fired up Paint Shop Pro and a bootleg copy of Dreamweaver and made David Manning- The Last Honst Critic. Then last year Brickwall Pictures decided to do a video detailing the history of David Manning. He ended up spending almost a third of the video trying to figure out why someone would go through all the trouble of making the site.

I’ll tell you why: I was a goofball with a very slightly popular personal web site at a time when people who wanted to share a goofy idea on the internet couldn’t just post it on a giant social network, and I thought it was funny. I have a vague memory of trying to get the buttons on the site to resemble Apple’s house look of the time taking more time than writing all of the terrible copy on the page.

what's this button all about, then?
Didn’t quite get it.

So I posted a comment on the video explaining who I was, why I made the page, and what I was doing now. I even mentioned that my recent Criterion Collection boxes were sort of a spiritual successor to David Manning. I also thanked him for making me feel like it was worth it to leave a dumb joke up for 20 years. I thought I’d either get some sort of “that explains it” response, or (more likely) no response at all. What I didn’t expect was that he’d delete not just my comment, but any comment anyone made referring to my page. Really odd. Maybe he’s planning a secret followup video and doesn’t want to give away the ending. Maybe he visited my Youtube channel and decided he didn’t like my goofy bike videos. Whatever. It’s his channel. He can do what he likes with it.

Me, I’m going to go watch David Manning’s “Best Film of 2022”: Morbius.

And I’ll be drinking Jared Leto’s Hard Kombucha the whole time.

UPDATE: He wasn’t deleting comments. It was Youtube’s spam filter going a little hard.