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DINOSAURS AND SEA SERPENTS IN MOTION PICTURES

WILLIS O'BRIEN, RAY HARRYHAUSEN, GEORGE PAL, ROGER CORMAN CREATING DINOSAURS ON THE MOTION PICTURE SCREEN.

When luring an audience into a movie theater you need a great movie title and a even greater poster to catch their eyes. Such were the operating concepts of James H, Nicholson and his number one director Roger Corman at American International Pictures.

So talking about a great AIP sounding title.  Even if that title would never fit any known theater marquee, How about:

"THE SAGA OF THE VIKING WOMEN AND THEIR VOYAGE TO THE WATERS OF THE GREAT SEA SERPENT"

The actual on screen opening credits keeps that complete title, BUT



it was shorten to "Viking Women and the Sea Serpent" for those theater marquees and to take up less space for tag lines on the poster as seen below.


I was 11 years old in 1957 when the Los Angeles Newspaper Ad below came out. This Motion Picture Advertisement also illustrates a lost art in movie publicity as compared to today and the world …