Wednesday, September 16, 2015

1974 - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GRIZZLY ADAMS, is cheap and inept

A cheaply made film about a smelly mountain man who's best friend is a smelly grizzly bear.  Fleeing into the woods for a "crime he didn't commit."  Grizzly Adams learns to survive in the woods with the help of a native American.  Adams also has a special bond with the animals which makes him a sort of frontier Dr Doolittle.

This is a film made on the cheap to put it mildly.  There are no scenes filmed at night.  The cast is made up of about three actors and none of them actually speak.  Instead the entire film is literally narration.  My guess is that the film's producers were to cheap to actually film with sound on location and found it a lot easier to just have someone blab over the footage.

The film features spectacular scenery shot probably on location in Utah.  The studio was Sunn Classic Pictures which specialized in this cheaply made outdoor film stuff which was aimed primarly at the Walt Disney don't offend anybody family market.  Sunn Classic would load the TV screen up with so many ads about their films they actually managed to create an event.  I have vivid memories of constantly seeing ads for this film over and over while watching TV during the 1970's.  As it turns out you can fool all of the people all of the time.

93 minutes.

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