Classic Collection # 1
This will read like a who’s who of the iron game as the famous names go on and on. Here is a brief run down on the champions we identified.
You’ll see BOB HOFFMAN one arm lifting and OTTO ARCO performing his famous muscle control and balancing act. Not to be missed, the muscle control and legendary posing of JOHN GRIMEK. Also muscle control by JOHN FARBOTNIK, and the best known posing footage of the great STEVE REEVES, pictured front cover.
The overall quality of these rare movies is surprisingly good. But the 16mm black and white films are old, some over 55 years and several short segments have been repeated. But the unique value of this video goes beyond the quality, the early camera work and the content. Such is the excitement of seeing rare glimpses of history. This video, now on DVD, is a ‘rare gem’ – a true collector’s item from the ’40s to the ’60s.
The DVD also includes some rare footage on Steve Reeves. I met Steve in Paris in 1977 at the Worlds, and again in 1998 at the NABBA Universe 50 Years Reunion. Steve was the inspiration to many to take up bodybuilding. (1926 – 2000)
NAMES ARE LISTED IN APPROXIMATE ORDER OF APPEARANCE WHERE WE CAN IDENTIFY THE GUYS, AS SEVERAL ARE UNKNOWN.
JOE DE PIETRO
JOHN DAVIS lifting and jerking the famous Appolon axle wheels
‘47 PARIS WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPS
FAYAD & SHAMS
STEVE REEVES (Again)
THE YORK GANG (GRIMEK, BACON, HOFFMAN, BACHTELL)
STEVE REEVES & REG PARK
Also includes VAL PASQUA, KIMON VOYAGES, ED THERAULT, LEO ROBERT, ALAN PAVIA & RENE LEGER and Mr. America Highlights from ’46, ’47, and ’49.