Weird West Film Series: The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
It’s the 50th anniversary of this epic tale of Old West meets Lost World. Stop-motion-animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen indulged his love of dinosaurs in The Valley of Gwangi, which clearly pays tribute to King Kong (1933), the film that most inspired him as a teenager. He departed from his usual adaptations of myths and 19th-century sci-fi to cap a cycle of cinematic cowboy and monster mash-ups during the 1950s–60s. Introduced by Eric Young, executive producer of Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection (2005) and professor of film production, Chapman University.