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Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1951 – Trailer for Charlton Heston as Indy

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

raiders---50From the people that brought you the Ghostbusters of 1954 comes this excellent fan made trailer for our favourite archeologist.

What if Raiders of the Lost Ark was a 50s film serial? Who would be best suited for the role of Indiana Jones? How would his villains translate to this era? What would the film’s musical score sound like?

Thankfully, since George Lucas and Steven Spielberg created Raiders as a homage to classic serials, these questions are easily answered. Both directors have acknowledged that specific films influenced key sequences across all four Indiana Jones films. I tried my best piece these films together and create a loose narrative. I hope you enjoy this homage to “Raiders” and the many great films that inspired it.

This “pre-make” is a mash-up of old trailers and clips found all over Youtube. It is not endorsed or connected to Paramount Pictures or Lucasfilm. It was made as a purely technical exercise and for laughs. Here is the recipe:
The 10 Commandments, Prince Valiant, Naked Jungle, Secret of the Incas, Jungle Queen, Zulu, Look to Lockheed for Leadership, Casablanca, The City of Brass, Mr. Moto takes a Vacation, Star in My Crown, A Pain in the Pullman, On Dangerous Ground, Patton, King Solomons Mines, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Greatest Show on Earth, David and Bathsheba, The Screaming Skull, When You Know, Mysterious Mr. Moto, Lawrence of Arabia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and Superman at Bay.

Below is a frame by frame comparison with the original.

3 Responses to “Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1951 – Trailer for Charlton Heston as Indy”

  1. blissbait said

    That’s brilliant! Although, my favorite ‘old time’ Indiana would’ve been Gregory Peck. I’m just sayin’!

    Thank You.

    May All Beings Be Happy.

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  3. The young man who put together all those old clips to form an Indiana Jones trailer circa-1951 is very talented and extremely knowledgable on vintage jungle movies. Its wonderful … he captured the spirit of the 40s/50s b-movie trailers … and yet somehow its still pure Indiana Jones. Whoever the young man is, well done, Sir.

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