Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

“Have no fear — Doc Savage is here!”

Doc Savage (Ron Ely) and his associates, the Fabulous Five, travel to the South American country of Hidalgo to investigate the death of Doc’s father.


Response to Peary’s Review:
This adventure film — George Pal’s last production — is clearly meant to be a spoof, but falls flat on all counts. While I’m occasionally in the mood for enjoying a truly “bad movie”, this one can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants to be camp or straight-action drama. Plus, as Peary points out, “square-jawed” Ron Ely has zero charisma, and there are “few interesting story twists”. Other than a few diehard Doc Savage fans, most IMDb contributors seem to agree with me that this cult film is a “dull disappointment”.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • The twinkle in Dov Savage’s eye during the opening credits
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  • A bizarre image of a villain sleeping in an oversized crib and sucking his thumb

Must See?
No, unless you happen to be a Doc Savage fan.


One thought on “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

  1. First viewing. A disappointment, indeed. Skip it.

    To carry off this sort of homage to superheroes of the past, a good script is paramount – and this film just doesn’t have it. Something more sophisticated is required – say, on the level of Monty Python or the animated series ‘The Venture Brothers’. Without that, you’re left with this result: a very mildly engaging walk down the memory lane of escapist adventure.

    Director Michael Anderson does what could be done under the circumstances to keep it from being a crashing bore. The photography is competent-enough. As noted, the production design seized an opportunity in creating the huge, rocking crib to reflect the infantile nature of the Latin nemesis – it’s odd that such visual humor wasn’t capitalized on throughout.

    I doubt that even young film fanatics would get much out of this one.

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