The Adventures of Indiana Jones As a Young Man
In December 1997, I purchased the revised and updated edition of George Lucas The Creative Impulse, by Charles Champlin. While, it boasts about being updated in regards to The Star Wars Special Edition, it has also been updated in terms of its coverage on the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. In fact it contains a list of how the shows will be broken up into their respective 2 hour films. I copied the list below. First comes the new names, and then the places and dates that go with them. (Note: this is how the films are listed in the books index)
- MY FIRST ADVENTURE (EGYPT, TANGIERS, 1908)
- PASSION FOR LIFE (BRITISH EAST AFRICA, PARIS, 1908)
- THE PERILS OF CUPID (VIENNA, FLORENCE, 1909)
- TRAVELS WITH FATHER (RUSSIA, ATHENS, 1910)
- JOURNEY OF RADIANCE (BENARES, CHINA, 1910)
- SPRING BREAK ADVENTURE (PRINCETON, MEXICO, 1916)
- LOVE'S SWEET SONG (IRELAND, LONDON, 1916)
- TRENCHES OF HELL (SOOME, GERMANY, 1916)
- DEMONS OF DESCEPTION (VERDUN, PARIS, 1916)
- PHANTOM TRAIN OF DOOM (GERMAN EAST AFRICA, 1916)
- OGANGA: THE GIVER AND TAKER OF LIFE (GERMAN EAST AFRICA, CONGO, 1916-17)
- ATTACK OF THE HAWKMEN (RAVENELLE, AHLGORN, 1917)
- ADVENTURES IN THE SECRET SERVICE (AUSTRIA, PETROGRAD, 1917)
- ESPIONAGE ESCAPADES (BARCELONA, PRAGUE, 1917)
- TALES OF INNOCENCE (NORTHERN ITALY, MOROCCO, 1917)
- DAREDEVILS OF THE DESERT (PALESTINE, 1917)
- MASKS OF EVIL (TRNSYLVANIA, ISTANBUL, 1918)
- TREASURE OF THE PEACOCK'S EYE (EGYPT, JAVA, SOUTH PACIFIC, 1919)
- WINDS OF CHANGE (PARIS, PRINCETON, JULY 1919)
- MYSTERY OF THE BLUES (CHICAGO, 1920)
- SCANDAL OF 1920 (NEW YORK, 1920)
- HOLLYWOOD FOLLIES (HOLLYWOOD, NEWHALL, 1920)
Having compared the list to the on-line episode guide, I noticed that many of the dates have been switched around, I assume this was done to make the new films flow better. Looking at many of the questions about the series I was able to find these answers in the book:
What were those last two episodes the MacCallum was talking about The Star Wars Insider?
It appears that the last two Indy segments shot, which we have known as the Curse of The Jackal, Part 2 and Tales of Innocence, were Tangiers, 1908 and Morocco, 1917. Morocco, 1917 is joined with Northern Italy, 1918 (now re-dated as 1917) to form Tales of Innocence. As Rick McCallum indicated, the new Corey Carrier, segment, Tangiers, goes with the Egypt segment of The original Curse of The Jackal, but the title is now My First Adventure.
What happened to the original pilot?
The original Young Indiana Jones and The Curse of The Jackal appears to be no more. As I said above Egypt is now apart of My First Adventure, and Mexico has been hooked up with Princeton, 1916 to form Spring Break Adventure.
What about the bookends?
George Hall, while listed in the credits of the series, is not listed in the individual episode credits, so it would appear the 93 year old Indy bookends are gone. Also Sean Patrick Flanery is not listed the credits for Travels With Father. It would seem that bookend was dropped, so that it could be expanded into the second half of Winds Of Change. Even with all these bookends cut, Harrison Ford is still in the credits of Mystery of The Blues, so that bookend would appear to have survived the changes.
What else is new?
The collection includes the four episodes that were made for ABC that the network never aired. Including Florence, May 1908, Prague, Aug. 1917, Transylvania, Jan. 1918, and Palestine, 1917 (note that the dates of these episodes have changed to be a part of the collection). Palestine may end up as the most interesting as it has been made into a film of its own, versus the one hour version that aired in Europe. As stated above Tangiers, 1908 and Morocco, 1917 were filmed just for this collection. Finally, the little bit of Princeton, 1919 that was shown in the Family Channel's airing of Young Indiana Jones Travels With Father, was actually a part of its own one hour story now combined with Paris, May 1919.
A July 9, 1999 Hollywood Reporter article states that Lucas has recorded new introductions for the shows that will include interviews with series star Sean Patrick Flanery.
How and when do we get to see it?
According to the July 9, 1999 Hollywood Reporter the release of the Young Indy movies will coincide with a release of the original Indiana Jones trilogy on VHS. Paramount has dubbed the promotion, "The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones." This first wave of tapes will come out October 26, 1999 and will contain, presumably the first, 12 Young Indy films. A release date for the second 12 films is still pending.
According to the book George Lucas The Creative Impulse the collection is to be called The Adventures of Indiana Jones As a Young Man, and the VHS release will be the second of three phases planned for the Young Indy material. The first was the original TV showings. The third will be the series release on DVD, at which time the discs will include more educational material, in addition to the actual films. Lucas said that DVD release was ten years away from when he started the series, so the DVDs will be out around 2002. Lucas has also gone on record as saying he wants to wait for a DVD release of his films so that the discs can be encoded with the new Dolby EX sound format, currently used only in theaters. A Laser Disc release looks unlikely, but there has been no official word.
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Created: December 7, 1997
Last modified: July 11, 1999