Fox used 'Schmidlap' in another of its 1966 movies

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Fox used 'Schmidlap' in another of its 1966 movies

Post by High C » Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:01 pm

I stumbled upon this the other night and wanted to share. In the 1966 Fox movie Way...Way Out, there is an astronaut character played by Howard Morris who is named Schmidlap, with only one 'p.' Per wikipedia, the movie wrapped filming on March 30, before the Bat-movie began.

Greenway, of course, pivoted to Commodore Schmidlapp after Schweppes had threatened legal action if Dozier and Fox had gone ahead with Commander Redhead, a takeoff on Commander Whitehead. It's safe to assume Dozier got the idea from this other film.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way...Way_Out
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Re: Fox used 'Schmidlap' in another of its 1966 movies

Post by Ben Bentley » Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:07 am

Interesting tidbit, High C.

From a quick Google search, historically speaking the most intresting example that lends any relevance or potential sigificance to "our" Schmidlapp character would be Johann Schmidlapp, a German inventer who created a type of rocket that enabled fireworks to reach altitudes that were previosuly unachieveable.

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Re: Fox used 'Schmidlap' in another of its 1966 movies

Post by Lou Szabo » Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:51 am

A good number of old series reused names from either earlier series, or other productions. Even music was recycled. Some Johnny Dollar music in the 50’s can be heard in Batman, and even ABC’s movie of the week in the 70’s. These little Easter eggs are fun to find
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