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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

14 October 2013

After much deliberating it has been decided that otsoNY will finally include the 1970 science fiction film, Beneath the Planet of the Apes directed by Ted Post and written by Paul Dehn. It was the second of five films in the original Planet of the Apes series produced by Arthur P. Jacobs, and starred James Franciscus, Kim Hunter and Linda Harrison. Having recently included the Tom Cruise Sci-Fi film, Oblivion, which only gave reference to New York’s Empire State Building, it was only fair to include Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Sometime after the events of the first Planet of the Apes, the climax of which is repeated frame for frame at the beginning of this sequel, another set of astronauts arrives on the far-future Earth that is the titular planet. This time it's Brent played by James Franciscus, who survives the crash landing and learns that evolved simians have taken over the world, post-apocalypse. After hooking up with Nova played Linda Harrison, the mute, fur bikini-clad beauty who spent the first film being squired by astronaut Taylor, Brent confers with Zira and Cornelius, the ape scientists whose adherence to scientific principles makes them friendly to the possibility of intelligent human life. Something of a military coup has taken place among the apes, who dispatch an army to the desolate "Forbidden Zone" where Taylor has coincidentally disappeared. With the apes and the humans both rooting about in the ruins of 20th century civilization, it's only a matter of time before they all find out what happened to the other survivors of the nuclear holocaust.

The main link to New York is when Brent and Nova attempt to flee the city. They hide in a cave which Brent soon discovers is the ruins of the Queensboro Plaza station making him realize that he had travelled through time to Earth's post-apocalyptic future. As he travels deeper into the underground tunnels, he finds the remains of St. Patrick's Cathedral as well as Grand Central Terminal.

Linda Harrison

Linda Harrison is an actress who played the role of Nova in the 1968 20th Century Fox film, Planet of the Apes and it's 1970 sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. She also appeared in the 2001 're-imagining' Planet of the Apes, with a cameo as 'Woman in Cart'. When she was in her teens, Harrison appeared on local TV and radio, and worked summers as a waitress at Phillips Crab House in Ocean City. While still in high school, Harrison won the Miss Berlin title; then, in 1964, the Miss Del-Mar-Va pageant. After graduation, she enrolled for a summer term at the University of Maryland at College Park, then attended the University of Baltimore, and a secretarial school in Baltimore, but found it all uninspiring; she knew she wanted to be somewhere else. When her oldest sister, Kay, graduated from college and headed for New York, Harrison went with her.

In New York, the Harrison girls shared an apartment and their mother Ida's credit card. Harrison scored some success as a model, but she disliked New York and was homesick. Less than a year later, she returned to Berlin, where she entered the Miss Maryland beauty pageant, a preliminary event to the Miss American pageant, itself the final preliminary event to the Miss International contest, to be held in Long Beach, California, in mid-June 1965. Harrison won the contest over nineteen other girls, and in June 1965, as Miss Maryland, she travelled to California for the Miss American contest. But she was first-runner up, not Miss American, and deeply disappointed. Nevertheless, her striking good looks and hourglass figure gained the notice of Mike Medavoy, then an agent at the General Artist Corporation suggested that she be in motion pictures. Shortly thereafter, Medavoy obtained a screen test for her at 20th Century Fox.

Harrison was initially signed to a sixty-day option agreement. She starred as Paulette Douglas, a starlet under contract to a major movie studio, in the short-lived NBC TV series Bracken's World (1969–1970), which also featured Laraine Stephens and Karen Jensen in similar roles. She is known for her role as Charlton Heston's female mate Nova in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, and its 1970 sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes opposite James Franciscus. She also had a cameo in Tim Burton's 2001 remake Planet of the Apes. She was married to the film producer Richard D. Zanuck from 1968 to 1978. She is also the first actress to play a live-action version of Wonder Woman, which she did in a failed 1967 pilot for a Wonder Woman television series. Eight years later, Lynda Carter made this role more successful.

The film is expected to be posted in November 2013.


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