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Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Poster

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While filming footage of the Argo off the coast of Italy, shooting was interrupted when a replica of the Golden Hind sailed into view. The British television series Sir Francis Drake (1961) happened to be filming in the same location. Producer Charles H. Schneer shouted, "Get that ship out of here. You're in the wrong century!" at the British crew, dispelling any tensions that arose from both shots being lost.
It took Ray Harryhausen four months to produce the skeleton scene, a massive amount of time for a scene which lasts, at the most, three minutes.
Ray Harryhausen regards this as his best film.
This British / American film was filmed and released in the waning years of the Italian-produced sword-and-sandal / mythological muscleman movies. Many of those productions dealt with Jason. Most unusual for the time was the casting of British actor Nigel Green as Hercules. Although he was very tall, he lacked the bodybuilder physique that moviegoers were used to seeing for this character. Although film was not able to match the scale of spectacle of the European productions, the elaborate special effects by Ray Harryhausen gave it the look of a more expensive production, contributing to its box-office success.
Bernard Herrmann's score liberally utilizes the technique known as "self-borrowing", which involves reusing elements from his previous scores. Exact passage reuse is taken from scores for The Kentuckian (1955), Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953), 5 Fingers (1952) and others, and reworking of passages from North by Northwest (1959), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and Vertigo (1958) scores, among others.
After the success of Sergio Leone's The Colossus of Rhodes (1961) (U.S. title: "Colossus of Rhodes"), it was decided to change the character of Talos into a living bronze giant. It would become one of Ray Harryhausen's most famous creations.
In the early stages of story development the twin monsters Scylla and Charybdis, a centaur, and the three-headed dog Cerebus were intended to appear.
The previous Ray Harryhausen films were generally shown as part of a double feature in "B" theatres. Columbia was able to book this film as a single feature in many "A" theatres in the United States.
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The voice of Todd Armstrong, who played Jason, was dubbed by British actor Tim Turner. Turner's voice was well known as the narrator of the '60s Rank series "Look At Life"'. He was also the narrator of trailers in many British films in the '50s, '60s and '70s, including the one for this movie, and provided the voice of Dr. Peter Brady, the titular hero of the popular late '50s British TV series, H.G.Wells' Invisible Man (1958).
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The voice of Nancy Kovack, who played Medea, was dubbed by Eva Haddon, an actress well known on BBC radio.
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Presumably in order to capitalize on the success of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Ray Harryhausen originally conceived of the film as "Sinbad in the Age of Muses". The story would still have been set in ancient Greece and would have involved Sinbad joining Jason in the search for the Golden Fleece.
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King Aeetes's Guard Captain is dubbed.
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