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Sun May 17, 2020, 04:52 PM

Fun surprise: new to us Swiss Family Robinson film

Last night we were paying minor attention to the 60's version of that movie we selected on the Disney channel. Who hasn't seen that more than a few times, right?

After it was over, another Swiss Family Robinson qued up behind it. What? We've never seen or heard of it. Ever. RKO 1940 production in B/W. There were a few religious overtones and other glitches but IMO, really a good movie considering it's 1940 production values. And every bit as good as the one everybody has seen before.

What a fun and delightful surprise it was kind of like watching the old King Kong for the first time.

Has anyone else seen this before?

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Reply Fun surprise: new to us Swiss Family Robinson film (Original post)
yonder May 2020 OP
Shell_Seas May 2020 #1
applegrove May 2020 #2
kimbutgar May 2020 #5
applegrove May 2020 #7
lkinwi May 2020 #3
yonder May 2020 #4
lkinwi May 2020 #6
2naSalit May 2020 #8
yonder May 2020 #9
2naSalit May 2020 #10
yonder May 2020 #11

Response to yonder (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 05:00 PM

1. Somehow I feel like I've seen every version and there's more than those two.

There was another remake in the 80s or 90s and also a cartoon version. That's actually one of my favorites stories.

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Response to yonder (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 05:02 PM

2. I loved that as a kid. When my parents took us to Disneyland in Florida

they gave us a choice of one ride each to pick. There were 4 of us. I chose the Swiss Family Robinson tree house.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #2)

Sun May 17, 2020, 05:43 PM

5. And now that same tree in Disneyland is Tarzan's home

They repurposed it but old timesrs like me remember when it was the Swiss Family Robinson home. I was in Disneyland in March before it closed and commented to my son that it used to be the Swiss family Robinson home. A couple overheard me and commented it should have stayed as Robinson home. We all laughed in agreement.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #5)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:16 PM

7. Oh. That is too bad.

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Response to yonder (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 05:10 PM

3. Thanks, I'm watching the 40's version now on YouTube.

Id never heard of it.

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Response to lkinwi (Reply #3)

Sun May 17, 2020, 05:35 PM

4. Let me know what you think.

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Response to yonder (Reply #4)

Sun May 17, 2020, 06:43 PM

6. I just finished it and liked it!

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Response to yonder (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:18 AM

8. That's the only one I've ever seen...

never watched the Disney version. I never liked what Disney did in their remakes.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #8)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:41 AM

9. That's the crazy thing.

2/3 of the way through my first century, I figured I would have at least heard of the RKO one.

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Response to yonder (Reply #9)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:49 AM

10. Well, I remember

watching it shortly after my brother and I read the book and that had to be around1960ish. We watched a lot of older movies then, when they came on the teevee. B&Ws were free to broadcast, I guess. There were movies in the afternoons after school so we watched them and this was one we wanted to see because we just read the book.

I wonder if it was a more regional thing that caused you to never see it. We moved a lot and some places had really different teevee options when it wasn't national news time or prime time network time.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #10)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:56 AM

11. Mystery to me.

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