MAD MAGAZINE, PART DEUX

MAD MAGAZINE

Mad Magazine? Really? Yeah, really!  The purveyor of pop culture parody, has been successfully poking fun at iconic movies since the 1950s and is still going strong. The incredibly wild success of 1967’s  The Dirty Dozen (The biggest box office hit of the year and the 6th highest grossing film in MGM history) meant that in the January, 1968 issue of Mad Magazine, cartoonist Mort Drucker and writer Lou Silverstone would take on the monster hit film in their own inimitable fashion. Chock full of puns, inside jokes (check out the ‘cameos’ of Beetle Bailey and Co.), and wonderfully rendered caricatures of the entire cast of Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Trine Lopez, John Cassavetes, Robert Webber, Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Donald Sutherland, Ralph Meeker and Robert Ryan.Too bad they didn’t do more Marvin parodies. Drucker did him great!
Oh, and the intro is wrong, by the way. The trend in anti-heroes didn’t start with Hud. That actually goes waaaay back to everything from Phantom of the Opera to Little Casear and the entire career of the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and  beyond…..And whats with the guy with the eye patch smoking the cigarette?
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THE DIRTY DOZEN PREMIERE PARTY INVITE – JUNE, 1967

Back in the days when studios did things up BIG, the studio that produced The Dirty Dozen, MGM,  planned an old-fashioned formal premeire party with all the trimmings. The studio wasn’t in the greatest financial shape at the time and was understandably nervous about the film’s prospects, never dreaming it would become the biggest hit of the year and one of the highest grossing films in MGM’s history. Relucantly, however, they did send this invite to a select few….

Attendees of this special invitation only soiree received the following souvenir program…..

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Dirty Dozen Preimere invite

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Dirty Dozen program cover

 

On the back was the following promotional ad…..
The entire legendary cast was in attendance at the black-tie affair (Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Trini Lopez, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker and Robert Webber). For Lee Marvin, who was divorced from his wife Betty (but still in contact with her) and keeping company with Michele Triola, the quandary was who would he take to the event? According to this ragged clip from Cue Magazine, the answer surprised everyone…..

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Dirty Dozen program info

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Lee Marvin & Monte Marvin at premiere party

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ORIGINAL POSTER TO THE DIRTY DOZEN

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Original poster to The Dirty Dozen, Lee Marvin’s biggest hit film.

Here, in all of its colorful and fiery glory is the original poster to The Dirty Dozen, the biggest grossing film of Lee Marvin’s career and one of the biggest in all of MGM’s illustrious history. Remember when film poster art looked this cool? The story of how Marvin came to make the film, his opinion of it and the never before told stories behind the making of this classic is recounted in detail in Lee Marvin Point Blank….
By the way, the bald guy next to Charles Bronson doesn’t really look much Telly Savalas, does it?

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