The Missing Ending Of Little Shop Of Horrors Shows Up Online
from the wkrp-like dept
10 Zen Monkeys looks into the history of the lost footage, noting that even while the studio argued over the content which ended up lost in a fire, some folks have uploaded the alternate ending to YouTube. Now, obviously, this is technically in violation of copyright, but considering that the studio let the original version burn up in a studio fire, doesn't it make sense to let the content remain?
The article linked above notes a few interesting other factoids around the story -- including the fact that in the alternate ending, there's a scene where an agent is haggling over the rights to the story of the killer plant, and exclaims: "We don't have to deal with you. A god-damn vegetable is public domain! You ask our lawyers!" Turns out he was wrong, apparently. Also, the original 1960s version of the movie was shot in two days, in order to get it done before the end of 1959 -- because after 1959, any movie would have to pay residuals to actors. We've pointed out how destructive such royalty agreements can be, and as the article notes, it made it much harder to create certain types of movies. Just a few more stories of unfortunate results of a bad system.