Spinning Newspaper Injures Printer – Part 1: The Repeat Offenders

As you guys would know, I love a good mock-up newspaper! Whenever I encounter one, I try to include a screenshot in my review; but some films offer so many treats of this nature that one shot won’t do it. So I’ve decided to create a space where I can take a closer look at the fine detail of these beloved movie props.

Of course film-watchers weren’t meant to subject these mock-ups to forensic analysis, and when films were only viewable in the cinema, generally you couldn’t. These days, however, a sharp eye and a good pause button reveals just how often, and over how many years, the same mock-ups were re-used.

Meet the Repeat Offenders!—

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REPEAT OFFENDER #1:

I’m very proud of this one! I mean, everyone knows about Panic in New York: Menagerie breaks loose, but this is my baby! At least, as far as I’m aware no-one but me has repeat-spotted New ‘Living Buddha’ Reported Discovered.

This mock-up newspaper subheading first caught my eye during Gigantis, The Fire Monster, the 1959 Americanisation of Godzilla’s Counterattack. I next spotted it in The Mummy’s Tomb, which was released 17 years earlier! And you may imagine my giddy surprise when I spotted it again while watching the non-genre drama, Girls On Probation, made in 1938!

Girls On Probation (1938):

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The Mummy’s Tomb (1942):

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Gigantis, The Fire Monster (1959):

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REPEAT OFFENDERS #2 AND #3:

When I posted the mock-up newspapers from Gigantis, The Fire Monster (see Part 2), commenter Uncle Mike felt that he had seen the headline, $3,000,000 for Aid Pledged for S. A. Earthquake Victims, somewhere else. I thought I had too—and was delighted when I subsequently spotted it in one of the papers from The Flying Saucer.

But that isn’t all! The Gigantis paper has a smaller headline to the right, Limited Farm Bill Favored, which also rang a bell for me; and that too is in the mock-up from The Flying Saucer!

I’m also very sure that these films do not exhaust the usage of these two headlines—stay tuned!

The Flying Saucer (1950):

Gigantis, The Fire Monster (1959):

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REPEAT OFFENDER #4:

In fact, Gigantis turns out to be a goldmine of repeated headlines, as well as further proof of how long the same mock-ups were used and re-used by the studios.

Thus, we find the same headline – Bill Aids Owner On Foreclosure – in The Walking Dead, from 1936, and Gigantis, from 1959:

The Walking Dead:

Gigantis, The Fire Monster:

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REPEAT OFFENDERS #5 AND #6 AND #7 AND #8:

Obviously (and not surprisingly), The Mummy’s Tomb and The Mummy’s Ghost used the same template for their mock-ups, because their newspapers have more in common than just headlines about rampaging mummies—giving us four separate instances of reused “stories”:
Victory Sighted In Fight Against Yellow Fever
– Ocean at Last Yields Its Gold and Its Silver
– No Precedent For Handling Certificates
– Passengers Make Hasty Exit From Blazing Street Car

The Mummy’s Tomb (1942):………………………………………..The Mummy’s Ghost (1944):

 

 

 

 

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REPEAT OFFENDER #9:

The Mummy’s Ghost is another that just keeps on giving! In addition to its numerous double-ups with The Mummy’s Tomb, it offered another of those I’ve seen that somewhere else touches—which turned out to be Gigantis, The Fire Monster:

The Mummy’s Ghost (1944):

Gigantis, The Fire Monster (1959):

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REPEAT OFFENDER #10:

There’s only one newspaper in Destination Moon, but two headlines on it caught my eye—though I’ve only been able to pin down one of them, City Transfers Bond Millions To Sinking Fund: I’d spotted it before in The Walking Dead, in fact from the identical positioning the two films may have used the same mock-up:

The Walking Dead (1936):

Destination Moon (1950):

What’s frustrating is that I’m sure I’ve seen State Bureaus Must Pay Rent In New Offices somewhere before, too; not only seen it, but remarked on it; but do you think I can find it again? Stay turned…

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We take a more detailed look at many of these mock-ups in Part 2: Up Close.

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19 Responses to Spinning Newspaper Injures Printer – Part 1: The Repeat Offenders

  1. therevdd says:

    Oh, boy! New fun stuff from Lyz! I always loved your “Immortal Dialogue” and tagline sections. More of this is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

    Looking forward to May…and June, as well! I’ll have to check that site out.

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    • lyzmadness says:

      Thanks! I was almost sorry I thought of this while re-slogging through The Devil Bat, though! 🙂

      I’m hoping that committing myself publicly will keep me up to the mark—though by May / June I should have more free time, fingers crossed.

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      • therevdd says:

        What’s up with your life that may give you more free time, if you don’t mind me once again burying my nose in your business? I hope it’s something positive (for a change).

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      • lyzmadness says:

        I’m still trying to escape my job; I’m in the dreaded “last 10% that takes 90% of the time” part of my final project. Once I do manage it, I’m planning on taking a break for several months, getting my health in order and spending more time doing stuff I enjoy, before thinking about re-employment.

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  2. therevdd says:

    Oh, goodness, I thought you’d left by now! I hope this isn’t affecting your health adversely. I don’t imagine it’s any better this soon, but hopefully it’s at least more tolerable now?

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    • lyzmadness says:

      I had been hoping for the end of February; I’m now hoping for the end of April. I’m in the design / proofreading part of the project so it’s nearing completion, but all the close reading is misery for my eyes, and I’m headachey most of the time. But the sooner I get it done…

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      • therevdd says:

        If I thought it was possible, I’d offer my services on the proofreading; I’ve served as a proofreader and editor in the past, and my current line of work requires me to regularly edit transcripts, so it’s not just a case of my trying to ingratiate myself to you, I’m actually rather experienced. 🙂

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      • lyzmadness says:

        Alas, I have reached the point of checking correct company terminology and spelling, so not only can I not out-source, I can’t even ask for general help {*sniff*}.

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      • therevdd says:

        Sorry I couldn’t be of help, hon. I figured it was a long shot, but if I could help I would be happy to.

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  3. Ray Ochitwa says:

    Thank you so much for this. Yes, I’m one of those people who always tries to read the rest of the paper whenever one shows up on screen. I think it’s all part of the same metal aberration that made me re watch The Beast Of Yucca Flats with the remote in hand so I could opause it because I wanted to find out if any of the narrator’s lines formed a Haiku. “Flag on the Moon, how did it get there?…”

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    • therevdd says:

      Hey, you’re in the right place. Obviously Lyz looks at the newspapers with interest, or we wouldn’t have this little section. The first time I realized the infamous “Menagerie Breaks Loose” paper was being used in more than one movie is what got me looking at them. I’m sure it’s not just us three, either.

      I can’t say I’m with you on the Beast thing, though, despite how insane that narration is. That’s a dedication I don’t think I could devote to that movie.

      I’m sure Lyz will be along to do so properly, but since I’m here anyway, welcome!

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      • lyzmadness says:

        Yes, hi Ray! 🙂

        That sounds to me like a very sensible coping mechanism for watching Beast Of Yucca Flats!

        My own discovery is “New ‘Living Buddha’ Found”, which I’ve drawn attention to in two reviews, and which I spotted again a while back in a non-genre film: that’s what put the idea of doing this into my head. That one is remarkable for its longevity, since the three films span twenty years of film-making!

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  4. I notice that the locationless Daily Star from Captive Wild Woman has what appears to be a byline from Vallejo, California — the city adjacent to my current home town.

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    • lyzmadness says:

      HA!! well spotted! 😀

      Not a very cheerful story, though—too depressing to be anything but real: FIVE PERSONS BURN TO DEATH IN CLUBHOUSE. Elks Building, in Vallejo, Calif., is Destroyed with Significant Loss of Life for Occupants. Sixth Person Is Missing. I can’t read the next subheading, let alone the story, though we can see from the enlarged image that “revelers’ cigarettes” were a suspect.

      I guess that settles us for a west-coast location. Would the docks be San Francisco or San Diego, would you say?

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  6. Uncle Mike says:

    Somehow I missed this – it’s fascinating! I’m always freezing the frame and squinting at the headlines. I noticed one of the headlines from GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER says “$3,000,000 In Aid Pledged For S.A. Earthquake Victims”. Swear I’ve seen that headline before, though I can’t remember where.

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  7. Bipolar Explorer says:

    A humorous film book I read pointed out that each edition of the newspaper in “The Horror of Party Beach” is the same, apart from the banner headline and the featured photo. To the left of the photo is “Panic in New York; Menagerie Breaks Loose.” to the right, “Planarians Give New Clues To Early Migration” (maybe “Migration”)

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    • lyzmadness says:

      “Panic In New York” is one of the most famous of the recurring mock-up headlines, although I haven’t spotted it since I took up fake newspapers as a serious hobby (unless that is it in Warning From Space, up above). I should certainly immortalise the Horror Of Party Beach appearances here, though – thanks for the reminder!

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