10 Tidbits about the 1975 film, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

From the pressbook


1) Principal photography was January 23, 1974 to April 5, 1974

2) Hollywood Reporter listed that voice actor Daws Butler was cast as the “voice” of Habeas Corpus. Butler wasn’t given screen credit.

3) Habeas Corpus was played by the trained pig “Mr. Hawg.” It was his only credit. Warner Bros. Rambling Reporter (Mar 1974) noted the pig was fed bacon, eggs, and ham sandwiches on set. The shock of the cannibalism must have been the reason for Hawg’s sole movie credit.

4) The film’s IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072886/

5) From the official Doc Savage Pressbook: “High adventure, suspense and laughter all compine to make “DOC SAVAGE…The Man of Bronze” a real audience pleaser. The trailer that has been prepared by arner Bros. is also an audience pleaser and will bring them back to the theatre in droves when you open the film. Make sure this trailer gets lots of playoing time; you’ll be happy you did. Order it from National Screen Service.”

6) Either Dar Robinson (stuntman) or William Katt (star of The Greatest American Hero) plays the uncredited assassin who shoots at Doc to open the adventure.

7) The film opens in 1936, and the movie playing at the theater near Doc’s headquarters is “Captain Blood” starting Errol Flynn and Oliva de Havilland. The film was released in New York City on December 26, 1935. The film ends during the Christmas season. Most likely intended to be Christmas 1936.

8) The portrait of Clark Savage, Sr. is Ely wearing a vintage safari outfit and pith helmet, with a handlebar mustache.

9) The “Eastern Cranmoor Building” was played by the Eastern Columbia Building is Los Angeles.

10) Variety panned the film in their review, but had kind words for newcomer Pamela Hensley “Only thesp who survives the script with any dignity is Pamela Hensley, playing a native girl in love with the stolid hero.” (Oddly, the online review is dated December 1974 though the film wasn’t released until June 1975)