Among a few miniature shots in the film, there is one shot in which a whimsical submarine is featured.
Monday, 2 March 2015
The Great Race 1965
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Great movie. Best line ever: "Let's see the Great Leslie top THAT ONE!".ReplyDelete
I know where the original is and it might be for sale soon. I tried to post a pic in the comments but this sit won't let me. It's sitting on a wherehouse shelf in Long Beach.ReplyDelete
It has moved since it was sold...Delete
Profiles in History "Hollywood Auction 96" December 11-14, 2018
Using their pdf catalog:
On page 280:
"1025. Jack Lemmon “Professor Fate”
mechanical submarine miniature from
The Great Race. (Warner Bros. 1965) Vintage
original large barrel-shaped functioning model
miniature whimsical submarine measuring 54
x 33 x 40 in. Constructed of cast resin, metal
components, painted wood, mixed media and
panels made to appear as riveted steel. Hand
lettered, “Professor Fate” in red on the body.
With a wooden flagpole with black fabric flag
with red painted “Fate”. A corkscrew auger
juts from the bow, and a telescoping periscope
is at the top of the turret, which features with
4-clear plastic portholes. Outfitted with a
fishtail rudder, propeller and a pair of 14 in.
2-pinwheel water paddles on each side of the
sub. Embellished with a series of cogs and gears.
Spectacularly detailed and ornamented. Expertly
studio painted to appear as an otherworldly, but
functional steam punk vehicle. A great example
of the unforgettable fantasy technology and
vehicles that are a hallmark of the classic
comedy. Electronics tested and functioning,
chain gear on port side is missing, front
headlight isn't functioning. Exhibiting peeling
paint, production-wear and age. In vintage good
to very good condition. From the collection of
Southern California hot rod legend, Stan Betz.
$12,000 - $15,000"
Entry includes photo of model and two film stills.