Outlaw (Of Gor) - revisited

:scream_cat: Please never mention John Norman’s crank ever again. :upside_down_face:

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Yeah, I watched the unriffed first film, and wondered how the sequel took the nosedive off a cliff like it did. First film basically played out as, “what if a bookish yet muscled professor found his masculinity on a different planet?”

The sequel reminds me of Dr Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, where some Italian thinks he has the perfect comedic formula for box-office gold.

Plus, I do wonder when the entire village decided that somehow, Cabot was the only one who should rule them. It reminded me of all the blind hero worship of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

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Doing some research for a Reddit post on South African filming, I came across this; this is one of three - that I know of - MST3K-featured films made in South Africa in the 1980s, at a time when that sort of thing was considered more than a bit iffy.

The other two are Space Mutiny and Alien from L.A..

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I think they all had all-white casts too. Yikes.

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Hey, if you thought she might drop a house on you, you’d probably suck up a little, too.

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I definitely recall there being some (admittedly unnamed) black characters in Outlaw.

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Possibly. That’s the one I remember the least. But I don’t know about the other two. I know that the only minority character with any sizable role in Alien from L.A. was Deep Roy and he’s of Indian heritage (although born in Kenya). I don’t think there were any people who weren’t white with any speaking roles in Space Mutiny and I don’t have any memory of seeing any at all, although there may be one or two in the background.

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I’m pretty sure there weren’t any. I was watching for them once I heard it was filmed in South Africa.

Space Mutiny played Sun City.

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Yeah, if there were black people in Outlaw, it was the only one. And they were very minor roles.

And hid it. Mike and the bots thought it was Canadian.

There used to be a substantial South Asian presence in East Africa. Most of them emigrated after the countries became independent, frequently to the UK.

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They were expelled from Idi Amin’s Uganda in the early Seventies.

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The Italians had one black guy (apart from Fred Williamson who wasn’t going to take a non-lead) for their movies, Bobby Rhodes (born in Livorno). Rhodes showed up whenever they were trying to pretend they were in the USA, especially New York—doubt they could’ve spared him for a “alien planet” gig.

When Gor 2 was being filmed, he was in the Philippines shooting The Commander, where he was probably pretending to be an American mercenary alongside Lee Van Cleef and Donald Pleasance.

I feel like they may have had another black guy, but I can’t remember who. Rhodes wasn’t in Escape from the Bronx, but he was in one of the sequels, ISTR. They also had one black actress, Geretta, who shows up in Warrior of the Lost World.

But the Italians weren’t doing location shoots because they wanted to bring in the locals.

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Geretta Geretta, so “good” they named her twice! And she has a back-catalogue of some of the cheesiest cheese imaginable.

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TIL that Urbano Barberini was one of the poker players in Casino Royale.

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And now, Houseplants Of Gor.

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Fritzi’s reaction seems kinda familiar to me… not sure why. :smiley:

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For those who might be curious, here is the first edition of John Norman’s sex guide, published by DAW books when the Gor books they published were selling well. (By reports, to their embarrassment. They probably blushed all the way to the bank.)

From what I’ve heard, all the scenarios boil down to “woman pretends to be sex slave.”

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Mick Hucknall’s dad sure taught him a lot about relationships.

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This was part of the history behind Mississippi Masala. I should watch that again and see how it holds up.