Very cool story on a rather obscure movie! I liked the Edward Hopper reference (about "Nighthawks"). In the Disneyland of "40 lbs", you can also escape the bad guys by disguising yourself as a Fantasia mushroom. I was a little dissapointed that Al didn't include a shot of that.
A few years ago, there was a movie called "Marvin's Room" which featured some location footage at WDW. I remember reading an article at the time stating innacuratly that it represented the first time that a non-Disney film had done location footage in a Disney park. "Marvin's" was, first of all, a Miramax film, making it not totally non-Disney, and also the person writing the article must have had a very short memory, because earlier that year (1996) Fox released "That Thing You Do" with a very brief sequence shot it the park. I guess it would be too much to expect them to remember "40 Lbs". Of course, "That Thing" is a 60's period piece.
Also, the 1962 Stooges movie "Three Stooges In Orbit" features the park. I guess, in it's first decade of operation, Disneyland was quite the filming location.
I rented that movie some years ago from Netflix, but it was the dirty pan and scan copy.
I remember many of the Hollywood rearrangements of the park to fit the odd story line. It shows how much Walt used film making techniques in that the director made sure the opening shot of the park was down Main Street (just as Walt intended), even though Tony Curtis and company rode the Monorail into the park.
I think it's funny that they made Disneyland into their own layout, to suit the plot I guess. Even when Disney made promo films about the parks and documentaries they changed the layout and sequences of certain attractions. With crafty editing you can do anything.
Hot dog! Suzanne Pleshette was gorgeous then! Tony has always been one of my favorite actors. He still pops up in films now and then. His daughter Jamie Lee is an awesome actress as well, and I love her films. Tony should be wary that Bob Newhart likes Suzanne, too.
The movie featuring all of these classic Disneyland attractractions would be well worth purchasing. The actors and movie production crew were spot on with respect to having an eye for all of the fun things to do. Traveling thru the Matterhorn again would be a wonderful trip in and of itself. Tony seemed to have a bit of free roaming license at the park that most of us do not... dancng among geysers ... running from the train on the railroad track. etc. ha ha
Great find, Al!
Incidentally...I just happened to wake up for a moment and find this. Need my rest, so back to bed for this little chitlen.
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It's fun seeing pictures of "old Disney". I grew up in the late 60's/early 70's. So those pictures brought back a lot of memories. Looking from the Hub towards Tomorrowland.... I used to get so excited walking that path.