For today, which legions of Star Wars fans all across the globe celebrate the day, punnily coined as “May the 4th Be With You,” comes this nifty little clip from the old Mike Douglas Show in 1977 which originally aired July 20, 1977. On it is original Star Wars trilogy stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford, and it’s interesting to see them and the attitudes towards the first film right as it came out of the starting gate, before decades and decades have sort of crystallized it into becoming an iconic staple of Science-Fiction cinema, and a landmark empire of riches and success.
Watch the vintage video clip here below.
To put the time into perspective, there was certain a bold chance being taken by 20th Century Fox to put the project into fruition and eventually into the theaters. In early 1977, the Science-Fiction genre wasn’t what it became in the wake of Star Wars’ success, with the only films technically that even showed any bit of public light at a box office or a consciousness of the film community was John Carpenter’s 1974 Dark Star and 1976’s Logan’s Run, two films that were decidedly different, but dazzling good times, albeit arguably campy runs as cinematic productions. Star Wars of course changed the game with its phenomenal success and turned the genre on its ear as productions to this very day still sort of tip their hat to the schematic that Star Wars created for them.
Now let’s let these guys do the talking. A nice time capsule indeed, the segment is split into two parts. Talk about slipping back into the Star Wars zeitgeist, 36 years ago! Stay on target, and press play below.