Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The original Lone Ranger costume

No doubt one of the coolest western costumes from entertainment history: The Lone Ranger's costume, complete with double gun belt rig complete with two six-shooter single action pistols and silver bullets across the back of the belt.

The General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard

No doubt one of the coolest cars in television history is the General Lee (which many know is a 1969 Dodge Charger) from CBS' television series "The Dukes of Hazzard' seen here with car enthusiast the lovely Jennifer Smith.

This no doubt is one of the original cars made for the series. This one as you can see, did not have the doors welded shut, but does have the tan interior, which was simply sprayed tan. Since there were many cars made for the series, as they would get trashed quickly from the aggressive jumps and stunts required for the show the interiors at times were not even altered to tan. This car has a very sloppy mask job and has a lot of over spray on the door jams, indicating how quickly the motor pool had to detail the cars for the show. The shotty interior paint job is a great indication of the cars authenticity.

Sid & Marty Krofft's HR Pufnstuf original Freddy the Flute puppet / prop

This is the original, one and only talking Freddy the Flute from H. R. Pufnstuf. This is the one that has a cable control which allows the mouth to open and close when manipulated. So anytime you see Freddy's mouth moving, it was this hero Freddy the Flute. Jack Wild had this Freddy in his shirt pocket as well. A cable ran down his shirt out of frame, at the end of the cable was a control that was activated by Sid Krofft, when it was pushed and pulled it made Freddy's mouth move.

The flute is made out of materials that have not held up well since 1969. Never the less Freddy still exists.

The Thing and Batman original props and costumes exhibit

Here are images of displays I worked on at the Arclight Hollywood for John Carpenter's "The Thing" and "Batman" for the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. These displays feature original artifacts from the films. These screenings are a great way to share original production artifacts with the real fans who make the effort to see these films again in a theater on the big screen.