Buster Crabbe Appears At Science Fiction Film Awards

It is common knowledge that Star Wars was influenced by the Flash Gordon serials of the 1940s. So how cool was it that Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon in the serials) appeared on stage with Mark Hamill during the Science Fiction Film Awards telecast? It aired in 1978 to recognize achievement in science fiction film for the year 1977.

Hamill shows up at 3:46 of Part II to introduce him. The entire show is worth watching from the beginning, especially to see the opening song and dance number.

I’m just posting Part I and II just to show the flow leading to the Crabbe and Hamill appearance. The special itself is split into 10 parts on YouTube. Rather than blow up the blog with 10 embedded videos just search for “Science Fiction Film Awards 1978” on YouTube if you’d like to watch the entire special. This was the fifth annual but first televised broadcast of the ceremony.

Here is the entire award show in 10 parts:

or if you want to jump straight to Buster…here is part 2.

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5 thoughts on “Buster Crabbe Appears At Science Fiction Film Awards

  1. O M G I want to bring this award show back. I’ve produced hundreds of hours of award shows, but I’ve heard of this one. How is that possible?

    I’m sending this to everyone in the business. Thank you for posting.

  2. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    They still give out the Saturn Awards. I just don’t think it’s televised. SyFy should be all over that.

  3. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    Yeah I think it’s the same thing. The Saturn Awards started in 1972 and this Buster Crabbe one is the fifth but the first televised. Even then it wasn’t national. WGN in Chicago hadn’t become a superstation yet for cable.

    This is stuff is even more popular now so I don’t get why that ceremony isn’t televised, at least on a smaller scale. They do have a lot of categories now so not all would fit into a telecast.

  4. A friend commented on the video – and noted that one of my current bosses in award shows – was the stage manager on this show.

    Hilarious. I’ll see him next week, I’ll have to ask him about it.

    And the ceremony might not be televised for many reasons – but I would guess mostly cost of a one time broadcast versus revenue. Event shows are a tight business model. However, friends of mine are on the Saturn Awards committee and it is very prestigious.

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