THE WONDER WORLD OF K. GORDON MURRAY in COLORSCOPE


This was the official website for the TV movie / documentary exploring the life of K.Gordon Murray. Produced, written / directed by Daniel Griffith.

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K.Gordon Murray was the infamous distributor of more than 60 feature films within twenty years. Yet, it turns out that his own story is shrouded in both mystery and conjecture particularly since his untimely death almost thirty years ago. Director, Daniel Griffith however, now invites you on a journey across several decades of the history about "exploitation films".

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October 28 2010 ANNOUNCEMENT

"THE WONDER WORLD OF K. GORDON MURRAY in COLORSCOPE": The Television Version to premiere on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES 'UNDERGROUND' series this December!

He was responsible for distributing more than 60 feature films in only two decades. Titles such as "SANTA CLAUS", "THE VAMPIRE'S COFFIN", "ROBOT vs. THE AZTEC MUMMY", and "SHANT TRAMP".

From the crafty world of early carnivals and sideshows... to the decaying drive-in's and movie palaces of the past, you will learn the true story of K. Gordon Murray... from mouths of those who knew him. Whether you rushed to the theaters to see his presentations or tried desperately to avoid them, few will deny that he is one of film histories most neglected pioneers and perhaps, the last "true" showman of the 20th century.

This exclusive 'TELEVISION VERSION' will premiere on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES December 10, 2010 at 2:00 A.M. Central Time. It will air alongside Murray's very own, "SANTA CLAUS", which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The 'TELEVISION VERSION' is 81 minutes long and consists of the biography portions only. The 'ROADSHOW EDITION' will premiere on DVD next spring, and includes the complete 119 minute version of the documentary.

Look for more information, as well as exclusive contests, on the official K. GORDON MURRAY website this holiday season!

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM DANIEL GRIFFITH, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER OF "THE WONDER WORLD OF K. GORDON MURRAY": After several weeks of frantic editorial adjustments based on a few emerging rights issues with some of the clips used within the body of the K. Gordon Murray documentary, I have regretfully decided to postpone the films official premiere.

 


 

An aside: Just like the founder of Ballyhoo Motion Picture, I enjoy ferreting out obscure releases film and tv releases. I just bought They Came from the Swamp about the director William Grefé on the Ballyhoo website. I was a little worried about the running time of just over 2 hours. But director Daniel Griffith has created an incredibly entertaining film that does what every great documentary should do and that is make it even more interested in the subject. The docuentary made me want to look up some of William Grefé movies such as Live and Let Die (1973), Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976) and The Naked Zoo.

I collect a lot of movie memorabili, particularly items from before 1970. Several years ago during last time I moved one of my boxes containing some precious lobby cards form the 1094's were lost. I am required once again to move and have been researching Baltimore movers to find a responsible company that will take of my precious movie memorabilia. Looks like I will be using Hampden Moving & Storage, a Maryland moving company that has been in the business for over 100 years. They offer a Red Carpet Service that provides packing, moving, unpacking, and storing for your most precious belongings with the greatest precision and care. And I do have some precious possessions! The upshot is the move went smoothly. Finding the right service oriented Baltimore movers made things simple! The moving representative who visited with me was great. She not only provided a detailed, written, estimated cost for their services, but also tips for moving, packing, and storage. I am happily ensconced in my new digs and am settling in to watchthe DVD- MST3K: Volume XXXIV, which my girlfriend gave me for my birthday. The dvd features two episodes from the Comedy Central era with Joel Hodgson as host and two from the Sci-Fi Channel run with Mike Nelson. It’s a solid, eclectic mix of episodes spanning seasons three and eight. SANTA CLAUS 50th Anniversary Gifr Set will ne next. Ahh, life is good.

 



 



This is the TEASER TRAILER for the feature-length, independently produced documentary exploring the life and film releases of K. Gordon Murray.

 

K. Gordon Murray was responsible for distributing more than 60 feature films in only two decades. And yet, his own story has been shrouded in both mystery and conjecture since his untimely death almost thirty years ago. Now, you are invited on a personal journey across several decades of exploitation film history and pop culture. From the crafty world of early carnivals and sideshows... to the decaying drive-ins and movie palaces of the past, you will learn the true story of K. Gordon Murray... from the mouths of those who knew him. So, whether you flocked to the theaters to see his presentations or tried desperately to avoid them, few will deny that he is one of the neglected pioneers of film history and one the last "true" showman of the 20th century.

Narrated by Ross Hagen and featuring interviews with William Grefé, David Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Chris Robinson, Doug Hobart, Larry Blamire, Stephen Chiodo, German Robles, Kevin Murphy, and Paul Chaplin... just to name a few!
(Information courtesy Ballyhoo Motion Pictures)

Producer/ Director: Daniel Griffith
Screenplay: Daniel Griffith

 



 

INTERESTING BITS & PIECES OF NEWS

 

REVIEW Santa Claus 50th Anniversary Gift Set!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

From our friend Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and the Wonder World of K. Gordon Murray:

Just in time for the holidays!!! Introducing the "SANTA CLAUS 50th ANNIVERSARY GIFT SET", a great holiday companion for the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 VOLUME XVI dvd box set (which includes the infamous SANTA CLAUS episode and the companion documentary short... "SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE DEVIL", which I produced and directed)... or any cult film fan!

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the K. Gordon Murray matinee classic, "SANTA CLAUS", with this unique set... available exclusively at BALLYHOO MOTION PICTURES EBAY STORE!!! The GIFT SET includes one (1) 11x17 inch "SANTA CLAUS: 50th Anniversary Poster" printed on medium/glossy paper stock, three (3) 4x6 inch "SANTA CLAUS" postcards (three separate artworks), one (1) "SANTA CLAUS" button set (two 1.5 inch buttons) with packaging, one (1) collectable "YOUNG AMERICA HORROR CLUB" 2.25 inch button, one (1) "WONDER WORLD OF K. GORDON MURRAY" 2.25 inch button, and a SURPRISE "RETRO" GIFT! It could be anything! Cult film DVD's, magic kits,... you name it! All this for only $16.99 (plus shipping and handling)! But hurry, this offer won't last long!

While you are at our BALLYHOO store, check out some of our other EXCLUSIVE items... including a "ROBOT vs. THE AZTEC MUMMY" T-shirt, a K. GORDON MURRAY POSTER SET, and MORE!!!

 

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FROM THE VAULTS OF THE WONDER WORLD: Actor Jason Von Stein portrays promoter DOUG HOBART, 'spook show' extraordinaire and make-up artist, in one of the many 'B-ROLL' recreations featured in THE WONDER WORLD OF K. GORDON MURRAY documentary! Premiering this December on TCM Underground!

 

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The documentary, “The Wonderworld of K. Gordon Murray in Colorscope,” features interviews with Joel, Kevin and Paul, and will be shown alongside Murray’s own, “SANTA CLAUS”, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Rene  Cardona’s SANTA CLAUS (1959)

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No, Santa does not kill this little boy!  How could you even think that?

SANTA CLAUS was not given a standard release in the United States.  The title was acquired by Florida-based independent film distributor K. Gordon Murray, who had imported many horror and masked wrestling films north of the border, dubbing them into English (at which point the Mexican icon El Santo became “Samson”) and even recutting them to suit the presumed tastes of gringo filmgoers.  Murry packaged SANTA CLAUS as a “weekends only” special event movie, booking it into select venues and faithfully rereleasing it every three years well into the 1970s. Rumor has it he made a small fortune from its recepits… but what he received pales in comparison to what he gave us.  Which is the wonder that is, warts and all, SANTA CLAUS.

 



 

About Daniel Griffith

Daniel Griffith is the owner and founder of BALLYHOO MOTION PICTURES. He has produced and directed all the bonus feature productions released by the company, as well as feature-length documentaries, including “LET THERE BE LIGHT: THE ODYSSEY OF DARK STAR” and “THE FLESH AND THE FURY: X-POSING TWINS OF EVIL”. Griffith won the 2012 Rondo Award for best DVD Bonus Feature for his biography on Universal B-movie actor, Rondo Hatton. He was also the recipient of the 2013 Forrest J. Ackerman Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Griffith also writes feature articles for various film magazines and publications. 

From conception to completion, BALLYHOO has produced more than 45 documentaries that explore the dramatic history behind both film and television’s most obscure releases. Motion pictures originally released by major studio’s, such as UNIVERSAL PICTURES, WARNER BROTHERS, and TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, have benefited from our unique presentations. Our documentaries are featured on the special edition DVD's and Blu-ray's released by the industries leading home video distributors. BALLYHOO is also the official documentarian for the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 DVD releases.

BALLYHOO website: http://ballyhoomotionpictures.blogspot.com/

 

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