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Sunday, 14 July 2013

SUMMER WITH 'STAR WARS' - 1978 UK STYLE


Carrie Fisher has fun with the British press aboard the cuddly Jerba beast prop created for use in the original STAR WARS 1976 Tunisian filming (for more on the creature, check out our PDF feature here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B80ITjM31EVRN1pmQjh5bUJkR0U/edit?usp=sharing), during a Equestrian/Charity event, The Star Wars Cross Country Team Event, circa Summer/August 1978.


This would be a FOX/LUCASFILM/STAR WARS CORPORATION sponsored venture with Imperial Stormtroopers in attendance, as well as other props from STAR WARS and the upcoming THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK to be seen in an outdoor display (including what looks like an early version of Darth Vader's Meditation Chamber). Also present for what looks like a very enjoyable day were Dave Prowse and Peter Mayhew.


Fisher was most likely the key invite, though-not only linked to STAR WARS but due to the fact that, earlier in the year (May 14th), she had played a Horse Trainer in a US ABC TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Leave Yesterday Behind, alongside the late John Ritter.

Carrie enjoys some refreshment whilst a lady rider dressed in Vader-ish clothes races past. Image: Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds.
Carrie hands out some winning medallions. Image: Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds.
Carrie and Peter Mayhew (background) sign for fans. Image: Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds.

If anyone out there has any more info on this UK event, please get in touch...

Note: to get the best viewing results from the Google PDF, it would be best to download the file directly to your desktop.

2015 feature on the lost Jerba creature: Beasts of Burden: The Last Original Dewback | Prop Store – Ultimate Movie Collectables

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There may also be a jerba head mounted on the wall of Jabba's Palace in ROTJ - to the side of carbonite-frozen Han, with the mounted tauntaun head on the other side. But I don't think there are any good photos of it so no one knows for sure what it really looks like.

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