The Empire Strikes Back ’50s Premake!

Bonnie Burton | May 19, 2010

We all know that filmmaker George Lucas was influenced by the old sci-fi serials of his childhood when he made the Star Wars films. But now you can see how much those shows really did make their mark with this fan-made tribute to The Empire Strikes Back using old film footage. Bravo!

Let’s turn back the clock, shall we? Back to a distant time in an alternate universe far, far away… The 50s! It was a simpler age of 3-D movies, and robots named Robby, Gort, and Tobor. A hidden gem of this period in cinema is a little film called The Empire Strikes Back, the second chapter in a planned three-part epic science fiction trilogy.

While the preceding and succeeding episodes were never actually produced due to budgetary constraints, Empire shines as an example of 1950s 3-D space opera. The re-release of this trailer coincides with the 60th anniversary of this amazing film.

VIDEO: “Premakes” The Empire Strikes Back (1950)

VIDEO: Frame By Frame Breakdown

Here’s a list of the movies and clips he used to make this:

Flash Gordon (“Deadline at Noon”, “Conquers the Universe”)
The Phantom Planet
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Invasion of the Animal People
Man Beast
Lunar Walker
Golden Bat
(Ogon Batto)
The Mysterians
Captain Midnight
First Spaceship on Venus
The Flying Saucer
The Fighting Devil Dogs
The Outer Limits
(“Second Chance”, ” Soldier”, “I Robot”, “The Sixth Finger”)
Things to Come
Space Patrol
Terror in the Midnight Sun
Forbidden Planet
Rocketship X-M
Latitude Zero
Space Flight
The Jetsons
Devil Girl From Mars
Tobor the Great
The Alligator People
The Return of the Fly
Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas
(“Attack from Space”)
Marvel Super Heroes (Iron Man)
The Cyclops
The Sea Hawk
Kings Row
Mahler Symphony No. 6
Gustav Hoists The Planets
The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama

SOURCE: Geek Tyrant

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