Missing Films?

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Michael Echemann

Guest
I happen to be reading some old Amphicar newsletters today and saw where the
old Club in the late 70's purchased an original promotional film on the
Amphicar. The purchased included a 1964 NBC new short about the Amphi.
Total cost $100 bucks.

Does anyone know of such a film or films? I have a couple of films that
I've never watched due to not having an old projector but think they are
simply the Pepsi Commercial film.
Any owners out there know of any old promotional film? I wonder what
happened to all of the old clubs stuff?

Mike
 
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cptcrnch56@aol.com

Guest
<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font COLOR="#0080ff" SIZE="2" PTSIZE="10" FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial Rounded MT Bold" LANG="0">Speaking of the missing, has anyone found any copies of the old "Gator News"?



Frank</font>
 
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William Connelly

Guest
Mike:

I can assure you that there are no films at all in the current Club's
Archives, only couple of dozen or so still photos. These include a handful
of 8x10 b&w glossies of the photos shown at
http://www.amphicar.com/photog.htm , the well-known factory floor photo, the
shot of LBJ in his Amphicar from the LBJ Library in Texas that you donated
to the Club, various snapshots of this or that 90s-era Amphi-gathering, and
so on. In fact, most of the "Club Archives" really just consists of masters
and photocopies of old Newsletters. "Archives" sounds so grand, doesn't it?
But it's not like we have Hanns Trippel's toupee in a formaldehyde-filled
mason jar or anything...And even if we had, it probably would have ended up
in Dave the Wave's blender by now, right?

As you may recall, I actually bought the late Jim Nichols' former Amphicar.
Jim was the President of that former 70s-era Amphicar Club that you mention
below (a lot of the scanned Newsletters from which are available in the
current Club's password-required "Members Only" area of the website at
http://www.amphicar.com/memberslogin.html ). While I was picking up the
Amphi from Jim's father's place in Poughkeepsie, during the search for its
keys and whatnot in the house, I recall his father mentioning how he had
sent some boxes of Amphicar-related stuff that even included some of those
Amphicar belt buckles to Hugh Gordon. So I imagine that's where the film
you mention below has gotten to, along with the other incidentalia of the
former Club.

I guess it might be nice to get some 35mm prints made up of that film and
some other selected Amphi footage (including your Pepsi commercial) for the
Celina gatherings' Drive-In Movie event, but I suppose that would be up to
the new Board to sort out.

Since the topic of Amphicars in films does seems to come up on this List
fairly often, here is a shortlist of filmy appearances by Amphicars, with a
tip of the hat to David Chapman's www.amphicars.com website for a couple of
these items. If anyone has suggestions for additions or clarifications,
please drop me a line offlist. Perhaps I will one day cobble all of this
together and flesh it all out into a webpage or Newsletter article or
something:

"Castle De'ath", episode from "The Avengers" TV series (England, 1965)
(See http://www.dissolute.com.au/avweb/emmabw/405.html )

"Ein Ferienbett mit 100 PS" (German, 1965)
A slightly goofy but still sort of charming travelogue-romance set in an
Amphicar. At the start of a bus tour of Italy and Yugoslavia, a man and a
woman who do not know each other somehow jointly win an Amphicar in a
raffle. Hijinks ensue as they follow the tour in their new
"wunder-fahrzeug". I don't believe there was ever an English version of
this film, which is sort of a shame.
[See its poster here:
http://www.filmplakat-oldies.de/plakate/Ferienbett_mit_100_PS.jpg ]

"Happening in Africa"
The English-dubbed version of "Lustschrei im Urwald" (see below), available
from Something Weird Video at http://www.somethingweird.com/5970.htm ]
Regrettably lacks many of the more bizarrely confused scene changes of the
German version that were clearly done "while high". It's still a glimmering
stinker though, and a "must-have" for every Amphciar owner's personal video
library.

"Lustschrei im Urwald" [Original Title: "Frissons Africains" (France,
1970?), aka. "Africa Erotica" (USA), "Happening in Africa" (USA), and "Karen
the Lovemaker" (USA)]
The German version of this movie is a perennial favorite of the German
Amphicar Club. As an example of the filmmaker's art it is so breathtakingly
rotten that it often aspires to make "Plan 9 from Outer Space", long
regarded as the worst film of all time, look like "Citizen Kane."
Definitely a must-see.

Madonna's "Start me up" [music video]
(This one comes off David Chapman's website. I never heard of it, but then I
missed about a decade or so of American Culture in my travels)

"The Presidents Analyst" (USA, 1967)
See: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6300215997/rupraechtwilcosm/

"Pontiac Moon" (USA, 1994)
NOTE: This is the film shown at last year's Celina Drive-In bash. In fact,
the Club helped cover the cost of the only existing 35mm print of it so that
this could happen...hopefully for many years to come.
See: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6303416578/rupraechtwilcosm/

"Rotten to the Core" (England, 1965)
See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059660/

"The Sandwich Man" (England, 1966)
See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060936/

Jameriqui's "Summertime" [music video] (1996)

(This one another off David Chapman's website, and again I never heard of it
or for that matter the artist, being so "un-hip" that it's a wonder my legs
don't fall off and all.)

"Bilgemaster Does Baltimore" (USA, 2005)
See: http://www.amphicar.com/youwish.htm





----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Echemann
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 9:34 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Missing Films?

I happen to be reading some old Amphicar newsletters today and saw where the
old Club in the late 70's purchased an original promotional film on the
Amphicar. The purchased included a 1964 NBC new short about the Amphi.
Total cost $100 bucks.

Does anyone know of such a film or films? I have a couple of films that
I've never watched due to not having an old projector but think they are
simply the Pepsi Commercial film.
Any owners out there know of any old promotional film? I wonder what
happened to all of the old clubs stuff?

Mike
 
M

Michael Echemann

Guest
Thanks Bilgy:
My favorite by the way is "Bilgemaster Does Baltimore".

There was a movie (very bad movie as I understand it called) Cotton Pickin
Chicken Pickers (or something similar) which Dan Borgman tells me about but
I've not been able to reference it anywhere. Has anyone heard of it? Dan
said it was a real flop filmed in Florida.

I've also watched a few Amphi video's at
http://www.britishpathe.com/index.php and suggest everybody take a look.
There are several neat video's and the Amphi is the actual subject. I think
one even had the car pulling a trailer in the water. The last time I tried
to take a look I didn't get the video to work so maybe it's pay only now.
The club should consider copies. The ones I saw were neat.

Years ago I purchased the original press release photo's used by the amphi
ad agency in NYC. The press releases are attached to the photos. I thought
I copied them for the archives but maybe not. The ad agency is still in
business. I called them once and spoke to the owner who recalled the
employee listed on my photo's who handled the Amphicar account but he was
long gone. No trace of Amphicar Corp's account records were available
either.

I read about that old film purchase in one of the old newsletters which I'm
sure is on the site for everyone to read. I knew you bought Nichols car but
figured if you had the file we would have seen it by now. I wouldn't be
surprised if Hugh has it somewhere.

Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: "William Connelly" <billiam@erols.com>
To: <amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 5:28 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Missing Films?


>
> Mike:
>
> I can assure you that there are no films at all in the current Club's
> Archives, only couple of dozen or so still photos. These include a
> handful
> of 8x10 b&w glossies of the photos shown at
> http://www.amphicar.com/photog.htm , the well-known factory floor photo,
> the
> shot of LBJ in his Amphicar from the LBJ Library in Texas that you donated
> to the Club, various snapshots of this or that 90s-era Amphi-gathering,
> and
> so on. In fact, most of the "Club Archives" really just consists of
> masters
> and photocopies of old Newsletters. "Archives" sounds so grand, doesn't
> it?
> But it's not like we have Hanns Trippel's toupee in a formaldehyde-filled
> mason jar or anything...And even if we had, it probably would have ended
> up
> in Dave the Wave's blender by now, right?
>
> As you may recall, I actually bought the late Jim Nichols' former
> Amphicar.
> Jim was the President of that former 70s-era Amphicar Club that you
> mention
> below (a lot of the scanned Newsletters from which are available in the
> current Club's password-required "Members Only" area of the website at
> http://www.amphicar.com/memberslogin.html ). While I was picking up the
> Amphi from Jim's father's place in Poughkeepsie, during the search for its
> keys and whatnot in the house, I recall his father mentioning how he had
> sent some boxes of Amphicar-related stuff that even included some of those
> Amphicar belt buckles to Hugh Gordon. So I imagine that's where the film
> you mention below has gotten to, along with the other incidentalia of the
> former Club.
>
> I guess it might be nice to get some 35mm prints made up of that film and
> some other selected Amphi footage (including your Pepsi commercial) for
> the
> Celina gatherings' Drive-In Movie event, but I suppose that would be up to
> the new Board to sort out.
>
> Since the topic of Amphicars in films does seems to come up on this List
> fairly often, here is a shortlist of filmy appearances by Amphicars, with
> a
> tip of the hat to David Chapman's www.amphicars.com website for a couple
> of
> these items. If anyone has suggestions for additions or clarifications,
> please drop me a line offlist. Perhaps I will one day cobble all of this
> together and flesh it all out into a webpage or Newsletter article or
> something:
>
> "Castle De'ath", episode from "The Avengers" TV series (England, 1965)
> (See http://www.dissolute.com.au/avweb/emmabw/405.html )
>
> "Ein Ferienbett mit 100 PS" (German, 1965)
> A slightly goofy but still sort of charming travelogue-romance set in an
> Amphicar. At the start of a bus tour of Italy and Yugoslavia, a man and a
> woman who do not know each other somehow jointly win an Amphicar in a
> raffle. Hijinks ensue as they follow the tour in their new
> "wunder-fahrzeug". I don't believe there was ever an English version of
> this film, which is sort of a shame.
> [See its poster here:
> http://www.filmplakat-oldies.de/plakate/Ferienbett_mit_100_PS.jpg ]
>
> "Happening in Africa"
> The English-dubbed version of "Lustschrei im Urwald" (see below),
> available
> from Something Weird Video at http://www.somethingweird.com/5970.htm ]
> Regrettably lacks many of the more bizarrely confused scene changes of the
> German version that were clearly done "while high". It's still a
> glimmering
> stinker though, and a "must-have" for every Amphciar owner's personal
> video
> library.
>
> "Lustschrei im Urwald" [Original Title: "Frissons Africains" (France,
> 1970?), aka. "Africa Erotica" (USA), "Happening in Africa" (USA), and
> "Karen
> the Lovemaker" (USA)]
> The German version of this movie is a perennial favorite of the German
> Amphicar Club. As an example of the filmmaker's art it is so
> breathtakingly
> rotten that it often aspires to make "Plan 9 from Outer Space", long
> regarded as the worst film of all time, look like "Citizen Kane."
> Definitely a must-see.
>
> Madonna's "Start me up" [music video]
> (This one comes off David Chapman's website. I never heard of it, but then
> I
> missed about a decade or so of American Culture in my travels)
>
> "The Presidents Analyst" (USA, 1967)
> See: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6300215997/rupraechtwilcosm/
>
> "Pontiac Moon" (USA, 1994)
> NOTE: This is the film shown at last year's Celina Drive-In bash. In fact,
> the Club helped cover the cost of the only existing 35mm print of it so
> that
> this could happen...hopefully for many years to come.
> See: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6303416578/rupraechtwilcosm/
>
> "Rotten to the Core" (England, 1965)
> See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059660/
>
> "The Sandwich Man" (England, 1966)
> See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060936/
>
> Jameriqui's "Summertime" [music video] (1996)
>
> (This one another off David Chapman's website, and again I never heard of
> it
> or for that matter the artist, being so "un-hip" that it's a wonder my
> legs
> don't fall off and all.)
>
> "Bilgemaster Does Baltimore" (USA, 2005)
> See: http://www.amphicar.com/youwish.htm
>
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Michael Echemann
> To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 9:34 PM
> Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Missing Films?
>
> I happen to be reading some old Amphicar newsletters today and saw where
> the
> old Club in the late 70's purchased an original promotional film on the
> Amphicar. The purchased included a 1964 NBC new short about the Amphi.
> Total cost $100 bucks.
>
> Does anyone know of such a film or films? I have a couple of films that
> I've never watched due to not having an old projector but think they are
> simply the Pepsi Commercial film.
> Any owners out there know of any old promotional film? I wonder what
> happened to all of the old clubs stuff?
>
> Mike
>
>
>
>
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Bill Connelly

Guest
In the course of research for that still-ongoing scanning project of former
Clubs' newsletters found the passord-accessible "Members-Only Area" of the
website, I discovered that there was only one issue of that "Gator Gossip",
published by Ranchero Motors, which was the successor company to Amphicar
Corporation of America after it went belly up. It seems there was no second
issue, I'm afraid.

I should let you know that that "Past Newsletters Scanning Project" has been
on pause mode for some months due to a physical move and computer upgrade,
but once the dust really settles it should resume. Until then, there's
already plenty of old newsletters there from 1967 to 1979 to enjoy. Thanks
should go out to Karl Vacek, who has lent the Club his own private
collection of old newsletters to help fill in the gaps of the Club Archives'
holdings.

~Bilgey~

=================

Speaking of the missing, has anyone found any copies of the old "Gator
News"?

Frank
 
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David Chapman

Guest
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Just to correct an error in the title of the Madonna video (my excuse - I only saw it once on MTV in a foreign hotel) but using the power of the Internet I can tell you it is called "Burning up" and is from the first album "Madonna" in 1993. There is a still showing her driving it here:</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">http://www.beautifulmadonna.com/videostill/burningup/115.jpg</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Wonder who's Amphicar it is - distinctive door mirror !</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
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Amphipoda

Guest
So the "Material Girl" is a closet amphibian?
Who'd a thunk that? Two fins up on that find David!

Amphipoda
'64 Turquoise
San Diego, CA


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@m...>
wrote:
> Just to correct an error in the title of the Madonna video (my
excuse - I only saw it once on MTV in a foreign hotel) but using the
power of the Internet I can tell you it is called "Burning up" and is
from the first album "Madonna" in 1993. There is a still showing her
driving it here:
>
> http://www.beautifulmadonna.com/videostill/burningup/115.jpg
>
> Wonder who's Amphicar it is - distinctive door mirror !
>
> David C
 
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