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Reconstructing 1966’s The Blue Max

For me The Blue Max represents one of those big scale war films that would play repeatedly on late night television back before we had the VHS tape at our fingertips. It starred George Peppard as the young ace pilot looking to capture the Fatherland’s Blue Max for his skills against enemy fighter pilots high above the battlefields during the first world war. The film was directed by John Guillermin who had graduated from guiding Tarzan films (including one of the best post Weissmuller films, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure) to this big budgeted effort. He’d continue on into the 1970’s directing a pair of equally large scale films, The Towering Inferno and 1976’s King Kong.

What exactly do I mean when I say “reconstructing” The Blue Max that also starred Ursula Andress who had achieved international fame just four years prior in Dr. No and the celebrated James Mason? Well to be honest I’m not reconstructing the film but rather a billboard sized movie poster that I came across in my travels for movie memorabilia.

Alongside Number 2 Son, Kirk, we approached this as if we were building an oversized jigsaw puzzle on the fall mats that will serve as our canvas where he teaches karate to children of all ages.

So like any sane person doing a jigsaw puzzle one has to shift through the pieces to get and idea of where you want to start.

And so we began…..

Rounding into form….

‘Yeah I think it goes there, Kirk.”

“A little to your right.”

Taught him everything he knows when it comes to jigsaw puzzles….

A stunning addition to the poster collection here at Mike’s Take and one I won’t be hanging in my office anytime soon.

Unlike Roy Scheider in Jaws, Kirk is willing to get in the photo to give us an idea of just how big the shark …. I mean just how big the poster is.

A few close ups of this beautiful piece.

Been years so it might be time to revisit this big budget effort made at a time when George Peppard was one of Hollywood’s rising leading men.

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  1. Fabulous poster. The Blue Max is a very good WW2 movie that I have not rewatched in a while. I do recall that the topless Ms. Andress was a big attraction at the time of initial release. On reflection James Mason’s performance was outstanding as was the aerial photography. I was never a fan of Mr. Peppard’s work but he was adequate as the lead, Bruno.

    • Thanks. I recall it being a good film but it’s been so long. I can understand the Ursula thing. A real beauty from that era. I’ve always been a fan of Mason and his wonderful voice. I don’t mind Peppard but I don’t think he’s remembered all that much as a great “star” of the time.

  2. George Peppard was an excellent actor and a handsome man, who undoubtedly would have become a greater star, had he been more discriminating in his choice of scripts (I am well aware that an actor is not always free to choose the films in which he will appear). He looked like a star in the grand tradition. As to ‘The Blue Max’, the story is laid during the First World War (NOT the second), and – in a strange way – is easy to confuse with: ‘Operation Crossbow’ (in which Peppard also appeared), which is indeed laid during the Second World War. In spite of Peppard’s fine performance in each film, my feeling is that one viewing alone will suffice for either.

  3. Your poster is a beauty! The film was good. Peppard, Mason and Ursula shone in their roles. Best regards.

  4. That’s an awesome poster, and would look great on your living room…ceiling? Roof? Billboard? Actually, it doesn’t look big enough for a real billboard…do you think it’s for a theater lobby? Interesting that’s it’s all cut up like that, though I guess a tube that size to send it rolled up would be hard to find. But the big question is: NOW what are you going to do with it?

  5. Wow Mike! That Sir is an almighty post. What a superb addition to the vault. tbh on starting the post I was “what is he going on about, jigsaw etc” as I looked at the first pictures. Then when you see your boy next to the giant pieces and then in my best Lt. Bruno Stachel German I go “alles klar”. Wow the scale of the thing. Absolutely brilliant.

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