Re: Forgotten films that are predecessors of well-remembered films

From: David P. Hayes
Newsgroups: rec.arts.movies.past-films
Date: Saturday, February 28, 1998 8:25 PM

Before this thread derails into a list of remakes, let me indicate that the original examples were where the the connection was not acknowledged. There are multiple sources for lists of remakes, and it's fairly easy to recognize the famous films so as to determine which of the films on such a list had been made before as a forgotten film. It's pointless to cite examples where both films have the same title.

I would like to thank Arthur Wohlwill fpr submitting as his contribution the observation that "Return of the Secaucus Seven" (a cult film) was substantially similar to the later "The Big Chill," the latter of which received considerable public interest, did well at the box office, and was discussed at length by its target audience and columnists appealing to them. ("The Big Chill" also received the implicit compliments of being mentioned numerous times in the "Cathy" comic strip and by being copied by a short-lived CBS-TV prime-time series.)

"Return of the Secaucus Seven," a 1980 low-budget release, depicts the reunion of a group who during the 1960s had been together as student radicals prior to their going in different directions. Likewise "The Big Chill."

David Hayes


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